Sunday, September 26, 2010

One New Experience Each Week - Bangalore

Went to Bangalore for a short business trip.

Paid 950 Rps (S$30) instead of 650 Rps for Taxi Service from Airport to the City. Technically speaking, I was on a slow van and not an air-conditioned Taxi. I was abit upset, as I felt cheated paying more and sitting on a touter's vehicle. When we arrived at my hotel, the driver demanded 50% more for the surcharge after 10pm. I was mad, as I explicitly told him before boarding the Taxi that I would pay 950 Rps nett, which would include all the funny charges like toll fees, taxes etc... 
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He started to tell me story that he has 2 kids at home, he is a Christian and does not lie. He said that if I don't believe him, I could choose not to pay him. I told him straight into his face that I don't believe him, but I would still pay him 950 Rps as I honor my own word. And I had to fill up the receipt on his behalf.
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After giving him 950 Rps, he requested for an additional 50 Rps.
This is the India that I remember.
Welcome to India!
Something never change.
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Am I really upset?
Do I hate India?
Not really, as i acknowledge that this is just a way of life in India.
There are still lotsa wonderful souls in India.
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Managed to find time for Darshana.
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Sri Radha Krishna Temple - the Holiest Temple in Bangalore.
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Public Laundry
Uniquely India
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I finally saw the Public Laundry! Previously, I saw it on the Amazing Race and other documentaries.
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Poster in a shopping mall.
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Bangalore is one of the best cities in India. The weather was great (dry and cooling), and generally more cosmopolitan. However, it is still very far from being a cosmopolitan city.
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Shiro Restaurant.
The ceiling was 4 storey-high and it has lotsa Buddhist Statues.
Expensive Good Vegetarian Lunch.
Love it. 
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