Musings from George

Cultural divide
August 27, 2008, 3:04 pm
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I’m in Bangalore, and it is very different from what I expected. Leaving the hotel this morning, there was indeed a cow comfortably esconced on the sidewalk across the street. Not tied up, just on the sidewalk. Traffic is chaotic and crowded, so I figured a cow couldn’t live very well on the street.

Well, tonight on the way home we passed the cow in traffic. No minder, no halter, no leash … just a cow walking down the middle of the street. it is hard to imagine anything like it in the US. Plenty of thin, short-haired dogs too. Everyone seems to share the space pretty well.

Stereotypes lead one to believe that India is overrun with poor people, crowded and run down. Experience leads me to report that Bangalore is quite beautiful, if not wealthy. It is a city in transition, with new buildings going up and roads being built all around, while other buildings crumble in disrepair. Cubbon Park (as with so many things, named after a Brit who was here long ago) is as beautiful as Central Park in NY, and the trees around our office park are a pleasant reminder of nature. The people I have met have been kind, friendly, and helpful. I’m very impressed.

Hillary says “go Obama”; can’t wait to see what Bill has to say.



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Hello George! Long time no blog (well, for me – I see you’ve been more diligent!). Glad to be catching up with your happenings. Have to say, as a Canadian it’s funny to be rooting for Obama eventhough he’s more right wing than our right wingers (not that I like to be constrained by strict political spectrum ideologies, but still…).

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