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Saturday
Jul212012

In Your FACE! 

The best way I can describe India is to say it is, quite literally, in-your-face. In your eyes, your mouth, your nose, your ears. I've never been anywhere that's made such a blitzkrieg on my senses- one second I'm flinching at a blaring horn that sounds like a firecracker going off in my ear (dude, was that REALLY necessary?!), next second we pass an open sewage stream someone is peeing into and I'm knocked breathless by the stench so I breathe through my mouth- only that's not much better on account of the diesel exhaust blowing black fumes into the air from the oil truck we're following- then we fly into oncoming traffic because the driver feels some inherent desire to put our lives in jeapardy to leapfrog another rickshaw (impatient, are we?), narrowly avoiding sideswiping a Hyundai on one side (which is overtaking us as we are overtaking the other rickshaw) and a courageous (or suicidal) woman pedestrian walking in the middle of the road on our other side carrying a bundle of something half as big as her body on top of her head, then... calm. But only for a few seconds.