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What vaccines / meds do I really need to go to India?

I have an appointment with a clinic to get some vaccinations before a two-week trip to India. My initial chat with the nurse made me feel like she was maybe pushing the "better safe than sorry" angle a bit, so I'm looking for some other opinions and links to good resources for making these decisions on my own. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Mar 4, 2014 - 21 answers

 

Tour Eastern Canada recommendations

My in-laws are flying in from India to Boston. They've never been to Canada and are curious to see the Eastern part including Toronto, Ottawa, Quebuc, Montreal. Do you have any recommendations on guiding tour companies which they may enjoy. (Please note, they aren't open to renting a car, so I'm researching guided tour options). Thanks in advance, -Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

how to follow up on a theft in delhi?

my day bag was stolen from a train in delhi. contents: my camera (and all the pictures from my trip), a handheld digital audio recorder, my journal of the last week, an ipod, my glasses, and a lot of other stuff that i can't imagine anyone would care about. what's my next move? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Feb 2, 2014 - 9 answers

there's a storm a-brewing...

i'm in delhi. pretty sure i ate something i shouldn't have. anything i can do to prevent the onslaught, or do i just await the inevitable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

Gay travel in India: bad idea?

So the Indian Supreme Court has made gay sex illegal in India again, punishable by up to life imprisonment. Western governments are duly amending their travel warnings. But is there any realistic threat to gay foreigners? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me navigate my anxiety over life changes good and bad

Hello, folks. My overthinking tendencies are working overtime as I try to navigate the next few months of my life (job/apartment change, travel?) amidst the fallout of the last few months of my life (end of long term relationship). I can't tell if I'm biting off more than I can chew or if I'm just standing in my own way. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I make sure my iPhone isn't a brick in India(prepaid SIM plans)?

I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access. What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Newbie travelling to India

I'm contemplating travelling to India (New Delhi to start with) in January for ~10 days and meeting a friend there who is a naturalized US citizen who was born and raised in India. I know I need a visa in advance of leaving (gathered that much from the US State Dept website) but which kind? And: what else should I know?
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 24, 2013 - 17 answers

How to deal with spicy food when avoidance is not possible

I am starting to travel to India for business, there is no getting around it. I LOVE to eat, but I do not like spicy/hot food. Everything (to my palate) is spicy in India. How to acclimatize? Just time? Please help. [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Nov 18, 2013 - 25 answers

"Same background dating" for a potential immigrant in the United States

I'm currently a non immigrant in the United States and looking to settle down here because I want to be away from the society I was raised in. However, I'm looking for a person that shares the better parts of my cultural beliefs and value sets so I can preserve some of them when raising children here, and keep in touch with my roots. Are there any good dating resources that mefi can help me with, or general ideas on what I can do to seek such partners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 12 answers

downtempo with an Indian, Middle Eastern, or Gypsy jazz influence

Looking for some downtempo/chillout music with an Indian, Middle Eastern, or Gypsy jazz influence.
posted by evil otto on Oct 29, 2013 - 9 answers

19th century "magic squares" from India. What?

I went to an exhibit of historic swords today and read the following inscription: . . . the blade also carries the name of the craftsman . . . a magic square for protection, and blah blah. The sword in question is from the Talpur rulers of Sind[h], in what is now known as Pakistan, and is from the 19th century. I'm just really curious about these protective magic squares, and am hoping there is someone out there who can tell me something about them and/or show some examples. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Favorite things in southern India

I'm off to southern India at the end of the year (Mumbai and below). I'd love to know what towns, regions, temples or places of interest you thought were awesomely and unexpectedly amazing. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Religious pilgramages united India prior to British rule?

I read an article a few months ago that challenged the idea that British colonization united and created the country of India. Instead it suggested that religious pilgrimages to holy sites across vast distances prior to British rule created a cultural cohesiveness prior to any British involvement. Now I can't find it! I am pretty sure it was on reddit but I can't find it. Please help!
posted by j03 on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

"Best of" recommendations for 80 days of backpacking in India?

I'm planning to leave in a few weeks for India to travel with a budget of several (<7) thousand dollars. I may stay up to 80 days (but have the opportunity to come back earlier). Have any of you done a trip like this? Can you point me at any (good) links or recommendations for itineraries, or even out of the way one-off points of interest?
posted by jpziller on Aug 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Power outlets in Chennai, India

I am traveling to Chennai, India this October. I will be bringing my Mac Book Pro and assorted accoutrements (iPad, iPhone, etc.) with me. Does the Apple World Travel Adapter kit provide connectivity to Indian electrical power outlets? If not, what does? Thanks.
posted by dfriedman on Aug 9, 2013 - 6 answers

What are (presumably) Catholic priests doing wearing robes in shades of

While on facebook, I saw a group photo of Catholic priests in India at St. Alphonsa's Tomb and Chapel, Bharananganam, Pala. While I am aware that it is the norm for Catholic priests in India (and some other countries considered tropical) to wear white cassocks as their street dress, and indeed, a number of the priests in the photograph were wearing them, there was something that was truly puzzling to me in spite of growing up Catholic and having attended mass and otherwise had contact with the Catholic church in two Asian countries, Japan and Thailand. In the picture of these priests gathered at this saint's tomb in southern India, there were some among them who were wearing robes or cassocks in shades of peach or puce, and light goldenrod. I have never seen priests dressed this way in any country, and I want to know if there is some special meaning to this. (For those who don't know about Catholicism, there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to what priests and other members of the Catholic hierarchy wear, and why. There is actually a webforum devoted to people discussing what then-Pope Benedict was photographed wearing on public occasions and the philosophical and political implications of same). [more inside]
posted by bunky on Jul 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Did Jesus travel to India?

I have heard a rumor that some people believe that Jesus traveled to India and learned Buddhist ideas. The theory is that perhaps this occurred during Jesus' early adulthood, before he started preaching during his 30s. But I am a bit skeptical. Do you know where this idea comes from? Do you think it is probable? Are there books or movies that I should watch about this theory? Any insight would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Apr 28, 2013 - 25 answers

What Gift from India?

I live in the Midwest (if it matters) and I have a friend going home to India. He's offered to bring me back something. I don't want to miss an opportunity to get something I can't get in Iowa. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Mar 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Baby products craved by expat moms in India?

I'm visiting some expat friends in India who are on baby girl #2. What baby products (from high end, organic products to anything purchasable on amazon) do Western moms living in India miss the most / absolutely cannot find in India? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Mar 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I keep running in India?

I'm traveling to India for two weeks, and am also training for a ten-miler. Help? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Where can I buy compressed air in Hyderabad, India?

I'm researching air pollution here in India, but one of my instruments has broken, and I need a can of compressed air to fix it. In the US most big computer shops carry this, but here no one has heard of it. Where in Hyderabad can I buy compressed air? Do you have a specific shop with contact info? Can I pull this off today so my collection season isn't ruined? My God, why is this so hard?
posted by Sfving on Feb 26, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm traveling to India (New Delhi), for business in a week. Need advice!

It's my first time out of the USA, and I don't know what to pack! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Feb 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Salted rice

Is it common to add salt when cooking plain boiled or steamed rice? Specifically, is this widely done in India, China or Japan?
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 4, 2013 - 23 answers

India -- gift guidance

ISO gift guidance for meetings with disability rights advocates in Mumbai. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Jan 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Educate me on these crime statistics

The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jan 13, 2013 - 32 answers

RIP Ravi Shankar

Going to India in two weeks and I need some answers to some fairly basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Dec 13, 2012 - 43 answers

Emirates experience anyone?

Emirates Airline? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Nov 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Help an American to understand Indian satire

CricketFilter...or IndianHumorFilter: Help with decoding some Indian humor on a satire website, namely with acronyms? [more inside]
posted by Fortran on Oct 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Book Scent

What is the explanation for a particular pleasant scent that books printed in India and Pakistan seem to have? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Sep 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Hyderabad food loves me. Why?

I just spent one week in Hyderabad, India. The food was tasty, but the effect on my GI tract was amazing, and I am desperate to emulate this back home. But how? (TMI inside) [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Sep 23, 2012 - 29 answers

Title and Author Unknown

Bookfilter: Please help me re-find a book about the effects of "spiritual tourism" on 1970s India. [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Sep 2, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I arrange a day boat cruise in alappuzha, India?

Three friends and I are staying in Cochin this January. We want to take the train to alappuzha for a day. Most of the online searches I've done have involved multi-day house boat cruises. Has anyone taken a day cruise in alappuzha, and if so, how did you arrange it?
posted by The Ted on Aug 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Pin the tail on the donkey

Trying to make plans for my future: what country should we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Music to go with reading Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"?

Recommend me some music to go along with reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children? While reading the book, it's occurred to me that I like and am interested in Indian music, but don't really have any, and don't really know any artists to look for other than Ravi Shankar. I think I'm mostly looking for the more classical Indian styles, as opposed to the pop/Bollywood stuff, but some of both would be nice maybe. Can anyone suggest other performers or albums? Bonus if they're easily available through Amazon or iTunes.
posted by dnash on Jul 18, 2012 - 15 answers

No babies...yet

If RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) is approved in India how can I, a US citizen, go there and get the procedure done? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Jul 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should we spend our volunteer time?

My husband and I (both engineers) are looking to volunteer about 6 months of our time abroad. Where should we be looking? [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me remember a book title.

Over 20 years ago I read a novel, but can remember neither the author nor the novel title. I think it was an English author, I think the word "Spring" was in the title, and I think it was set in the post-colonial time period in India. I do remember it was a story about a young teenage English girl who met and fell in love with an Indian teenage boy, and they thought she might be pregnant, so they ran away to Varanasi/Benares together to get married in spite of the disapproval of their families. About 15 years ago or so it was made into a TV movie and shown on either PBS or Masterpiece Theater. I've googled for "novels set in Varanasi," "post-colonial novels set in Benares," etc and came up empty. I'm confident I would recognize the title if I saw it, and it is not listed here, here, or here. Do these (rather minuscule, sorry) details ring a bell for anyone? Thank you!
posted by matrushka on Jun 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Channeling George Harrison

Musical Tourism: I'm traveling next week to Delhi for business, but will have a weekend for shopping, sightseeing. I'm a nerdy musician and would like to bring home a meaningful musical souvenir from India. Preferably an instrument I can play. What should I get and where should I get it from? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Cheap, safe and in New Delhi- any ideas

Where can a single woman stay in Delhi for a few days that's both cheap and safe? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Who are we in the U.S., really?

Besides Central Americans, what are other countries that have major first-generation diaspora communities in the United States? India? Armenia? Cambodia? Other Asian countries? Just wild guesses here. [more inside]
posted by metajc on May 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Name This Indian Sweet

Name This Indian Sweet [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 11, 2012 - 20 answers

Help with a health question for an India traveler

India Travel Filter: Does my favorite girl have a mild case of Meningitis? Shes in northern India and has a mild rash, headaches, and some dizziness. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Apr 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Kindle repair in India

Where to get a broken Kindle screen fixed in India? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Apr 10, 2012 - 3 answers

India Travel Tips

Solo traveling in northern India. What should I know/prepare? Is it safe for women travelers? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 7, 2012 - 16 answers

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world.

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Who are the 1% in India?

Where can I find the income distribution for India? My google-fu is weak on this one. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 answers

country music in india

Popularity of country music in India? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Mar 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Point Me to Good Histories of Ancient India

I need recommendations for histories of ancient India, with particular emphasis on the role/influence of the Hellenic states, development of Buddhism, what might have happened to the Indo-Greeks in the longer term, etc. Also, it would be interesting to read about Alexander's invasion and its aftermath from the Indian viewpoint, i.e, by Indian scholars using Indian sources.
posted by justcorbly on Mar 1, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm a stranger in a strange land of collective action.

I'm an American in Bangalore. Tomorrow, major unions have called for a nationwide bandh (strike). I'm having a major personal crisis about what to do. Listen, I know this isn't my country. And it's not my strike. But I'm very, very, very uneasy about what role I should be playing. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Feb 27, 2012 - 27 answers

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