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    So would I.
    I'd love to have a reason/excuse to fly to Vancouver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    ......because of the skewed girls to boys ratio, and a need to compete with it's neighbours.
    I don't get this I would have thought there were more boys than girls (since they're more highly valued than girls) and that males would want to keep the caste system in place, or is it that there are more girls than boys now? I'm both confused and lacking knowledge.

    And could you explain more about the need to compete with neighbours (India with it's geographical neighbours?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Sorry, I'm always arguing about this type of stuff, to a large degree because I stand apart from so much of it
    I think you just love to discuss stuff. It's that fine intellectual mind of yours (just in case I need to say this - not being sarcastic at all, it shows in your posts/discussions on FSU)
    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    What an interesting read this has been. I'd love to have you all over for a long chat over wine and/or coffee!
    That would be so fun. You're in China aren't you? I'd love to come to China, it's on our bucket list so we will probably show up there one of these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    So would I.
    I'd love to have a reason/excuse to fly to Vancouver!
    So first we have to all meet in Van (I'll be back in May), and then continue our discussion in China What fun!

    So I'm in India - our at-home internet connection has been dead for a day and a half (so I'm in an internet cafe), a woman knocked on our door this morning claiming ownership of the fridge in our apartment and wanting 600 rupees a month for it , power goes off several times a day for sometimes up to 2 hours, at irregular intervals, I've had mild nausea for a week, yesterday a man in khaki shirt and pants claimed he was security for our building and wanting 50 rupees a month (which we refused to give him) and so life rolls along

    We're still meditating twice a day and loving it. It helps keep us sane if nothing else
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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    I don't get this I would have thought there were more boys than girls (since they're more highly valued than girls) and that males would want to keep the caste system in place, or is it that there are more girls than boys now? I'm both confused and lacking knowledge.
    Yes, the problem is too many boys and too few girls, in both India and China, because of boy's value to society. Girls are intentionally aborted in both countries and the abandonment of baby girls has been a tragedy in China in years past.

    But this is inadvertently improving girls' value and status, as they really get to pick and choose which man to marry.

    I think you just love to discuss stuff. It's that fine intellectual mind of yours (just in case I need to say this - not being sarcastic at all, it shows in your posts/discussions on FSU)
    Thanks!!

    a woman knocked on our door this morning claiming ownership of the fridge in our apartment and wanting 600 rupees a month for it , power goes off several times a day for sometimes up to 2 hours, at irregular intervals, I've had mild nausea for a week, yesterday a man in khaki shirt and pants claimed he was security for our building and wanting 50 rupees a month (which we refused to give him) and so life rolls along

    We're still meditating twice a day and loving it. It helps keep us sane if nothing else
    What an interesting contradiction of experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    So first we have to all meet in Van (I'll be back in May), and then continue our discussion in China What fun!
    When are you here in May?

    I hope I don't miss you, we're on holidays the first two weeks of the month.

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    We're still meditating twice a day and loving it. It helps keep us sane if nothing else
    After reading that post, I can see why meditation might be needed!
    How does a "visitor" to the community differentiate between a legitimate expense and being "taken advantage of"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    That would be so fun. You're in China aren't you? I'd love to come to China, it's on our bucket list so we will probably show up there one of these days.
    Yep. I'm following your blogspot, so you should be able to see mine.

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    I meant that abortions have lead to more boys than girls and China has a better education system as well as a more educated population. Then thre are other established Asian economies like Souh Korea etc. If India wants to keep up it will have to educate it's population better. Also I read an trice that said some men who are depere to get married are marring women of very different backgrounds. Something that would have been unthinkable before.

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    Thanks Buzz and Japanfan for your explanations re the imbalance between boys and girls. I did know about the abortions/abandonments of girl babies in both India and China, but I hadn't followed through to the conclusion, so though the practice appalls me I can't be entirely upset about a situation that gives the young women in both countries a little bit more power, if only to try to choose a kind husband.

    To answer your question skatesindreams - we mostly differentiate by initially refusing to pay, then checking with our friends who've lived here for many years and know the difference between prices for Indians and prices for foreigners. Also sometimes we feel we're being taken advantage of, but just let it happen anyway because it really is such a small amount of money for us. We buy a bag of groceries here for about $15 that would probably cost $40 in Vancouver. We ride home in an auto rickshaw for a dollar. We buy a bag full of vegetables for 80 cents. The fridge was a different matter though. Our friends told us when they rented the apartment for us that the landlord said the fridge was included so we just handed it all over to him. So far so good, and fingers crossed, we still have a fridge.

    Angelskates I'd love to see your blog, if it's open to the general public

    We're back in Vancouver May 25th and probably staying through the end of June and maybe longer. Might go to Montreal and/or Okanagan for part of the summer. After that who knows. It's all very loosey-goosey at the moment.
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    Sorry about my atrocious typing and spelling peps. Apparently I still have not gotten a good enough grip on my iPad typing skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    a woman knocked on our door this morning claiming ownership of the fridge in our apartment and wanting 600 rupees a month for it , power goes off several times a day for sometimes up to 2 hours, at irregular intervals, I've had mild nausea for a week, yesterday a man in khaki shirt and pants claimed he was security for our building and wanting 50 rupees a month (which we refused to give him) and so life rolls along
    I'm surprised you didn't tell the "security" guy that the fridge is apparently worth way more per month than he is
    You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Sorry about my atrocious typing and spelling peps. Apparently I still have not gotten a good enough grip on my iPad typing skills.
    Well I can always figure out what you mean

    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    I'm surprised you didn't tell the "security" guy that the fridge is apparently worth way more per month than he is
    Maybe I would have but the security guy came before the fridge lady. All just too funny.

    What's not so funny is I have mild jaundice from taking artemisia (a herbal anti-malarial) that my liver apparently didn't like very much. It hasn't affected Mr alilou as he wasn't taking as much as me. Our friends here know a British doctor who's always here for several months at this time of year. He sussed immediately I could have liver problems and sent me to get a complete blood count and liver function test. All is normal except for the jaundice which means obviously no more artemisia ever, and no fatty or oily food for a while. I'm sure I'll be fine within about a week, but it's been 10 days of increasing nausea and headaches, and all kinds of aches and pains and low energy. And this is mild jaundice. I have a whole new sympathy for people with hepatitis. It must be hell. Anyway I'm on the mend now and looking forward to getting back to my normal energy levels pretty soon. With all the illnesses you can get in India I get an illness from something that's supposed to prevent one
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    Get better soon Alilou and that was scary about the people who showed up looking for money. India suddenly ounds a bit more scary now.

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    Sending many "feel better" wishes your way, alliou!

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    That just sucks, Allison. Hope you're feeling better very soon.

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    Thanks for all your get well wishes. I feel like I'm on the mend now.

    Buzz the people who showed up demanding money weren't remotely scary. The lady who wanted money for "her" fridge was a bit abrasive but we managed to calm her down and send her way and haven't seen her since. The "security" guy was barely 3 inches taller than me and twice as skinny. I could have knocked him over with a feather. Haven't seen him since either. They just try it on and when it's clear that you really do mean no that's the end of it.

    Since I'm starting to feel better i'll probably do a new blog in the next few days.

    I wouldn't wish jaundice on anyone
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    There's a new blog post about life here in Tiruvannamalai - mongoose! swami! jaundice! rickshaw ride in a blackout! and more!

    Hope you enjoy.

    I think everyone can open this link now. If you can't open it please let me know.

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/view/sidebar

    I could only follow 4CC on FSU - no live stream for me but fabulous to read all the PBP and comments and snarking. And kwanfan1818 is recording whatever was shown on Cdn TV for me so I'll get to see some of it eventually
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    The above link does not work for me but the one below does. And OYYY @ that alien photograph! Thanks once again for sharing you are one lucky and brave chick!

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    The above link does not work for me but the one below does. And OYYY @ that alien photograph! Thanks once again for sharing you are one lucky and brave chick!

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/
    OK, so I still need to sort out stuff with blogger re the new format. Apparently the /view/sidebar link still doesn't always work for IE. Thanks for letting me know.

    Re the alien photograph at first I wondered which one you meant, but then I had another look at the pic of me and mr alilou with our buzz cuts aliens! I'd never seen it that way before. Perhaps next blog I should put in the pic where we don't have our sunglasses on. We look a bit more like normal people in that one, only with very very short hair

    It's so hot here, and dusty, it was so freeing to have it all cut off.

    People say I look like Sinead O'Connor
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    Hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    People say I look like Sinead O'Connor
    But you've been married longer than 16 days though, right?
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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