What do foreigners hate the most about India?
I’d like to share my experience. And what I am about to tell might offend some Indians but this is what I feel.
I’m from the beautiful island of New Zealand. Me and my hubby were on a two week tour to India. The overall experience was amazing! There are some breathtaking views in Simla, Rishikesh, Manali and of course there was the serene beauty of Taj Mahal.
But there were some unpleasant experiences during the whole tour. Most of it happened in the country’s capital.
- There was a lot of staring. I don’t know what is it with the pedestrians in the capital, but they kept staring at me incessantly till the point I was feeling really uncomfortable. Our tour guide kept tagging them as “UP & Bihari people”.
- People would spit wherever the fuck they want. It doesn’t matter if it is a footpath or the road. This is disgusting and more importantly, a gateway for a lot of diseases.
- During the whole tour, each and every day I read a news regarding rape so there’s that. But one peculiar fact exacerbated things for me. According to Google, there has been 277% rise in rape cases in the capital. Wake up India!
- We were at the receiving end of a lot of restaurant scams in Agra and New Delhi. When the waiter bought us the bill we realized we were the victims of very clever scams.
- From what I’ve seen here, either the person is really rich or really poor. Trust me, as a country, this is a bad thing.
- The pollution is a very serious problem in the capital. It took a toll on me. My skin developed some rashes and acne. My family doc says it's definitely because of the poor air quality my skin has endured during the two weeks.
- Don't get me started on the traffic. It was a tad bit irritating. People would take their cars on the wrong side of the road like it is a normal thing.
Hate is a strong word. I’m pretty sure that no country is perfect.
Now that i have written countless answers about what i love about india, here is my first answer regarding what displeases me about it. Note that, India is still my favorite country despite all the shortcomings and minor flaws. This answer depicts what i dislike in not just india, but any other country. This answer is meant to enlighten others about the situations I’ve faced in India and how you can overcome the situation or avoid it. Read it with a pinch of salt. Thank you.
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- Scam: Prepaid taxi
Location: Just outside Delhi airport
Situation: I requested to go to Paharganj area from Delhi airport. It was around Rs.470. I handed over the Rs.500 note. The cashier was an overweight guy in his mid 40s with spectacles who took the money. He returned Rs.100 to me saying that its Rs.500 and not Rs.100. He insisted that i had given him Rs.100. I remembered clearly that i have given him Rs.500. I was fumed. I spoke clearly in English that he was trying to hoodwink me because I gave him Rs.500 and he should be returning the balance, Rs.30 to me. I made a huge deal and told the people behind me that i was being tricked. Some people stood up for me and started abusing the man in hindi. He sulked and returned the balance to me.
- Scam: Sim Card
Location: Delhi airport
Situation: A good smaritan told me that i should avoid buying sim cards in airport. Why? Because it costs Rs.1000 which is way higher that the normal rate that you would find elsewhere. Vodafone and airtel are some simcards in India with good network.
- Scam: Overcharging
Situation: I couldn’t specify since I’ve faced this issue during several circumstances. But i was overcharged at hotels (implying that GST isn’t included and made to pay more or double charging foreigners because we don’t know the price rate). By roadside tea vendors who charged me double for a cup of chai (tea). Some tuk tuk driver who asked me few hundred rupees extra. I made sure to google locations and calculate the average rate they should ask based on distance. If you don’t know, ask a local. They would always help.
‘This is awkward. My dear indian men, why are you staring at me?’ I asked a group of people in the metro. They smiled and shrugged it off. But they continued to stare.
Is it what i wore? I was wearing a traditional kurti with pretty little flowers embroidered on it.
Or maybe it’s because of my skin tone?
The language i speak?
My reddish ginger hair ?
All three perhaps?
It was awkward. I was more curious of what tempts indian men to stare at a white woman travelling alone during broad daylight in a crowded metro. There could be several factors. Or maybe they are more curious since I look different. I am after all, an outsider. That might intrigue them enough to stare. It was slightly uncomfortable, although it did no harm.
- Pen sellers and beggars.
Location: Connaught place, Delhi.
Situation: I was standing on a queue in front of a famous south indian restaurant chain (it gets crowded at late evenings) and i was approached by a little boy no older than five selling pens. He looked dirty with tattered clothes. Pitying him, I bought one pen and offered him Rs.200. ‘Keep the change, I told him. Upon buying it, I was approached by another kid selling pen. I politely declined. The boy kept bugging me to buy the pen for more than 20 minutes. I had enough and gave him a smaller amount of Rs.100 and took another pen. Unbeknownst to me, I end up inviting myself to a huge trouble. I was approached by four more boys all demanding to buy a pen from them for Rs.100 too. They pulled my sleeve and harassed me. Panicking, I ran into the McDonalds which was a few feet away from the restaurant to hide. The boys followed me around. I left McDonalds and the boys were waiting outside to grab me again. I ended up taking a cab hurriedly and fleeing the place. I didn’t go to connaught place again after that fearing the pen selling boys.