(Continued from Part II)
Date: July 4, 2004
Subject: "Everything you never wanted to know about India"
Hello again all, and happy 4th...
Just got back from a few days in Bombay, and will send some more info on that trip in the next update (FYI, one of the hotels was having some sort of expat Independence Day shindig featuring burgers and hot dogs, banana splits, and "a chilled can of Budwesier" -- presumably specially imported for this occasion. Alas, I missed it...) In the meantime, I figured I would answer some of the questions my cousin Jonathan (age: uh, 12?) sent re: my last post, on the theory that some of you might have been also wondering about these topics...
- Did the movie have subtitles? What happened in it?
- Is Anju a slave? Isn't that illegal? Or just in the US?
- Are you going to be talking completely in Hindi when you get home???
I wish. I'll probably still be saying the two phrases that I say the most here, which are "Tik hai" (OK) and "Accha" (good). These are very useful phrases because with them and a well placed head-bobble I can pretend that I understand what the hell is going on.
- CUCUMBERS AND KETCHUP??????? eek.
- Is the milk pasturized?
- Are lesbians common there or just crappy english speakers?
- Have you milked a cow? Does the family own a cow?
And finally, to answer the question of my cousin Ed (age 32):
No, I have not seen any Indian porn. As far as I know it is still technically illegal here, though you can buy tons of old Playboys in the book stalls in Bombay -- along with more copies of "Mein Kampf" than you could toss in a bonfire (I think the Shiv Sena have something to do with that). I also had a guy on the street in Bombay offer me "sex movies," but I'm afraid I declined, Ed -- sorry.
Well, I hope you all enjoy the festivities and your "chilled can of Budwesier" today. Be well, and keep in touch...
(to be continued...)