I came to know about this new guideline for tourists in Rajasthan via India Mike discussion. The original story can be found at BBC news website. You need to read the news story first to get a sense of the India Tourism Guidelines they are proposing!
I am quoting directly from the site below and you can find many more pearls of wisdom in the piece. The emphasis on ‘moral laxity’ in the last point below is mine! I could not help it.
Well, I do not smoke but I do occasionally consume alcohol. There have been times when I am not averse of taking a glass of wine in a restaurant, and I am guilty on every other count.
I often hold hands with my husband, heck I even put my hands around the waist of my two teenage nephews who are both six foot tall. I hold hands even with my father occasionally.
I socialize with so many men. In fact, after my college is over (where I teach) five of us play table tennis. Four of them are men and I am the only woman.
The incidents quoted in the story in Rajasthan are a bit stark (the lady walking nude must have been shocking) but the guidelines are hilarious! And I am guilty on every count. And yet I have lived all my life in India.
Lily let that story not scare you on your trip to India. When I picked up my husband (who was away for 15 days on some office work in London) from the airport this Saturday, I did put my hands around him, and no one there gave a damn.
I wonder if the people who wrote the guidelines ever watched MTV or Channel V recently? Or took a stroll around a college campus?
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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