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post #1 of 25
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Yeah, I've pretty much been in denial about it, but it looks like the real deal, and I'm going for business. I've got a list of things to do before then...and have to be militant about what I put in my body when i'm there (e.g. no ice cubes in my drinks, which will KILL ME since I put ice in EVERYTHING).

Has anyone ever been there (besides you, Huggles LOL! )

What would you recommend I do before hand? During? And the thing I'm most upset about? Leaving my kitties to the care of my boyfriend! He loves them, and they adore him, but I am their mom and I will be so sad when I am there without my kitties curling up next to me
post #2 of 25
i havent been there so i cant really help you out-- but WOW id love that opportunity. How long will you be there? Good luck. I'm sure someone else will come along to help ya out with suggestions.
post #3 of 25
My dad went to India two summers ago for a few months to study hinduism and yoga. He called home asking me to mail him motrin.... so I'd reccomend you bring along a bottle of tylenol or advil if you plan on taking a yoga class. Dad also brought a mist bottle with him and kept it in his bag when he went on day trips.
post #4 of 25
I've never been there, but it sounds like fun!, have a blast and take tons of pictures
post #5 of 25
India is a big country; what part of India are you going to? I'm assuming that you are going to one of the big cities if it is a business trip.

I've been to India twice (though admittedly it has been a long time since the last trip), but my friends who have been there recently (two months ago), insist that the pace of life in India's big cities now rivals NYC. Be prepared for huge crowds everywhere you go...personal space is difficult to maintain in a large crush of people. Also, since everything is so crowded, exercise the usual precautions about guarding your valuables. There are TONS of pickpockets everywhere, and India is no exception.

That being said, modern India has most of the conveniences of the US...big hotels will be able to accomodate your requests for ice in your water. However, drinking water outside that's not bottled is a HUGE NO-NO. Stick to the soft drinks and juices.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
My dad went to India two summers ago for a few months to study hinduism and yoga. He called home asking me to mail him motrin.... so I'd reccomend you bring along a bottle of tylenol or advil if you plan on taking a yoga class. Dad also brought a mist bottle with him and kept it in his bag when he went on day trips.

That's funny...I am not a big "drug" person like that, but I got a coupon for Nuprin the other day and thought...I should buy it *now* for when I go on my trip LOL.

I am also thinking of FedExing a case or two of water to "greet" me there.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by amitya
i havent been there so i cant really help you out-- but WOW id love that opportunity. How long will you be there? Good luck. I'm sure someone else will come along to help ya out with suggestions.
I will be there approx three weeks. Everyone is getting a christmas gift from India LOL -- pashminas for all!!!
post #8 of 25
OH! And you HAVE to get a mango lassi. Mmmmmmmm And they have this great dessert called Dolces (I think that is how it is spelt) but its a bananna with honey and coconut... its heavenly.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos
India is a big country; what part of India are you going to? I'm assuming that you are going to one of the big cities if it is a business trip.
Yes, I will be in Bangalore -- the country's "Silicon Valley."

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Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos
I've been to India twice (though admittedly it has been a long time since the last trip), but my friends who have been there recently (two months ago), insist that the pace of life in India's big cities now rivals NYC. Be prepared for huge crowds everywhere you go...personal space is difficult to maintain in a large crush of people. Also, since everything is so crowded, exercise the usual precautions about guarding your valuables. There are TONS of pickpockets everywhere, and India is no exception.
Yeah, I'm the only caucasian female who has gone to or will be going thus far...my colleague is a Canadian national but Indian heritage, and the other is a Chinese national. I've been given all the warnings about pickpockets and singling out fair haired, fair skinned women...I'm going to be at the office, then back in my hotel room LOL.

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Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos
That being said, modern India has most of the conveniences of the US...big hotels will be able to accomodate your requests for ice in your water. However, drinking water outside that's not bottled is a HUGE NO-NO. Stick to the soft drinks and juices.
I'm still making my own ice, with my own bottled water! My drunk of a boss also suggested doing a shot of bourbon every night. Um, I don't even like bourbon! But my colleagues are all like "YES! Have at least one drink a night!" Well, if it's for health sake...
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
OH! And you HAVE to get a mango lassi. Mmmmmmmm And they have this great dessert called Dolces (I think that is how it is spelt) but its a bananna with honey and coconut... its heavenly.
Actually, want to hear something ironic. My boyfriend and I LOOOOOOOOVE Indian food, and he got some take out last night. For some strange reason today, I started getting wicked stomach cramps, then BANG! On the pot! (sorry for the TMI LOL).

Then out of the blue tonight, BF had a barfing spell. We think it might be the Indian food doing us in. As I said, how ironic. I've had the mango lassi, but of course, it's here, so who knows? Never tried the dolcis though.
post #11 of 25
too much curry and spice can really do a number on your belly LOL
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
too much curry and spice can really do a number on your belly LOL
It normally doesn't though...as a rule, I have jalapenos every day...I am not joking! I need spicy food, it's my lifeblood LOL. Indian food has never done a number on me...must have been some bad chicken, we both had chicken, just different styles.
post #13 of 25
I have been twice and loved it, though not to Bangalore. I loved it, the colour, history, food, everything. India is so big that every region is different in culture. It is a shock though, seeing so many beggars. You really end up having to ignore them or you get swamped. I managed not to get ill, though I have a strong stomach and I was careful - no ice, icecream, lettuce or parsley (their cellular structure means they soak up contaminated water). And make sure that you open your bottled water yourself - some cafes will refill opened bottles. Have a great time!
post #14 of 25
I am so jealous! I'd love to go! For me the colors the history are just fascinating. Of course if I ever went - I'd have to go jewlery shopping. India has the best sapphires!
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Talon
I am so jealous! I'd love to go! For me the colors the history are just fascinating. Of course if I ever went - I'd have to go jewlery shopping. India has the best sapphires!

Sapphires! Oh my goodness! I had forgotten about their jewels!!! Huh, how about some irony...the nail color I got the other day was called "jewel of India." LOL More Christmas present ideas!!! LOL
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by blue_monday_88
Sapphires! Oh my goodness! I had forgotten about their jewels!!! Huh, how about some irony...the nail color I got the other day was called "jewel of India." LOL More Christmas present ideas!!! LOL

Oh the silver jewlery they have is amazing. My father got me a silver anklet (they don't have gold ones because gold is a pure metal and being below the waist is unsanitary.... ) and it is beautiful. It has little bells and tinkles while I walk.

You're going to have to take a ton of pictures and show us all. I am so excited for you. You'll have to get some sandalwood oil. Mmmm. It smells so nice. You can put a little in plain lotion.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
Oh the silver jewlery they have is amazing. My father got me a silver anklet (they don't have gold ones because gold is a pure metal and being below the waist is unsanitary.... ) and it is beautiful. It has little bells and tinkles while I walk.

You're going to have to take a ton of pictures and show us all. I am so excited for you. You'll have to get some sandalwood oil. Mmmm. It smells so nice. You can put a little in plain lotion.
Ali - your father sounds wicked cool . Why did he study yoga? Is he just a hippie at heart? A yoga instructor? Just curious -- it's very rare to see men who are that in touch with themselves . He also sounds like he has superb taste in accessories .
post #18 of 25
HA HA HA. My dad is a gay hippie at heart. No joke. He's been studying yoga for 5 years and is thinking about becoming an instructor.....
post #19 of 25
If your dad wants another daughter - I am available for adoption. He sounds great!
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
HA HA HA. My dad is a gay hippie at heart. No joke. He's been studying yoga for 5 years and is thinking about becoming an instructor.....
Well I think that is awesome! I wish my dad would take yoga. It's funny, the difference between my mom and dad...My mom is a prima donna but FLIPPED OUT when I told her I was going to India (she totally doesn't want me to go LOL). My dad was like "Whatever." But he has no memory or attention span to deal with anything like that LOL.

They have yoga schools in my town but all NYC instructors have studied in India at one time or another. I gotta take me some meditation courses when I am there.
post #21 of 25
Hey I am from India...although I belong to the western zone and Banglore is in the southern part. Completely different cultures and food habits. Well, theres one thing i can advice, never ever eat anything that is sold outside in open, always have food in proper hotels and restaurants, road side food is extremely unhygenic. Although the smells and tastes are tempting but DO NOT FALL FOR IT, same goes for water. Banglore is famous for its filter coffee, great stuff, really strong and amazing. Also the traditional food of Banglore doesnt include the spicey curries and stuff, that is the north Indian food and due its popularity it is marketed as the only Indian food in foreign countries. In Banglore ofcourse you will find the usual Indian stuff, but the southie stuff like "idli, dosa, sambar" will be more popular.

Jennyrenson is right about beggars, but once again dont fall for them, its actually disheartening to see so much of poverty but do not encourage them and dont even show an ounce of pity towards them by tossing few coins as then they will never ever leave you, they will bug the hell outta and follow you everwhere, plus knowing that you are a foreigner they will try to extract as much as possible.

Oh and Banglore is one of the India's biggest metropolitan city cause of its sprawling and massive IT industries, I dont think facility wise you will be having any problem.

Anyway, have fun and stay safe!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by altzarina
Hey I am from India...although I belong to the western zone and Banglore is in the southern part. Completely different cultures and food habits. Well, theres one thing i can advice, never ever eat anything that is sold outside in open, always have food in proper hotels and restaurants, road side food is extremely unhygenic. Although the smells and tastes are tempting but DO NOT FALL FOR IT, same goes for water. Banglore is famous for its filter coffee, great stuff, really strong and amazing. Also the traditional food of Banglore doesnt include the spicey curries and stuff, that is the north Indian food and due its popularity it is marketed as the only Indian food in foreign countries. In Banglore ofcourse you will find the usual Indian stuff, but the southie stuff like "idli, dosa, sambar" will be more popular.

Jennyrenson is right about beggars, but once again dont fall for them, its actually disheartening to see so much of poverty but do not encourage them and dont even show an ounce of pity towards them by tossing few coins as then they will never ever leave you, they will bug the hell outta and follow you everwhere, plus knowing that you are a foreigner they will try to extract as much as possible.

Oh and Banglore is one of the India's biggest metropolitan city cause of its sprawling and massive IT industries, I dont think facility wise you will be having any problem.

Anyway, have fun and stay safe!
Hey you could have written all the warning and caution notices I've received from my job so far!

I am going out by myself, but I already have met face-to-face my colleagues who I will be helping out. Someone in NY has already told me that I need to bring someone with me (he named names LOL) when I go shopping to "bargain." As -- you said -- *they* will try to extract as much money from me as possible

My boss has also suggested having a shot of whiskey each night. LOL. Guess I could figure out a way to do that.

I have a question -- it's almost stupid -- what about rice? Since it's cooked in water, should I stay away? Or the water's boiled so I shouldn't worry about i?

And I am from NYC, so I have no problem w/ ignoring beggars. I do this every day
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by blue_monday_88

I have a question -- it's almost stupid -- what about rice? Since it's cooked in water, should I stay away? Or the water's boiled so I shouldn't worry about i?
Its better that you stay away from street food. Once you step in India you will know what I mean by "street food." Those food joints are so repulsive, infested with flies and everything about that place screams "go away!!!", only cause of its cheap price it attracts so many people. Its not like one morsel from there and you will die, but its better to be on the safer side. You can have as much of rice you want from a decent indoor restaurant or the hotel where you are staying. Go for a bit expensive food joints or branded food chains.

feel free to ask more questions!

And dont worry, banglore isnt all that bad, its quiet a cosmopolitan city, it wont be that much of a problem at all.
post #24 of 25
The beggars in NY will not prepare you for those in India. It is hte children who are worst - they gather in gangs and will pursue you. And htere are many many mutilated beggars whom it is very tempting to feel sorry for, but please, harden your heart and don't or you will live to regret it. It is indeed wise to have a local with you when shopping etc.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
The beggars in NY will not prepare you for those in India. It is hte children who are worst - they gather in gangs and will pursue you. And htere are many many mutilated beggars whom it is very tempting to feel sorry for, but please, harden your heart and don't or you will live to regret it. It is indeed wise to have a local with you when shopping etc.
I'm pretty hardened, but it doesn't hurt to be vigilant LOL. Thanks
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