I had to get the book, it appeared 'mysteriously' a few weeks before I got to India, out of nowhere in ALL bookstores I went. And then when I get here, its everywhere still!
And someone asked me to read the book a long time ago when I told her I want to backpack in India...:p I told her I wont need to read it...but now I think I should have read it earlier.
Finally the street book vendor won, after 3 good days of pestering me to buy any book. And after reading the first few chapters...all I can say is, its either Sarah McDonald is mega lost, mega egoistic or just loves the country so much that she aint telling ( or just want to sell books :p ) It is a semi funny book, I think travelers should read it, but its not a true travel book either. She does have many good points in there, but looking down too much of people is not good...sigh. Oh and she is so damn right about the airline stewadress's. I just want to know if they spray the insecticide in all flights coming into India?!!
But the language is abit raw, I'm going back to Amitav Ghosh for now.
And then comes the question, what 'kind' of people can survive in foreign lands? Do they have to have some past connections? Or just assimilate themselves, or let the land swallow them?
One obvious thing among all this is, there is a big big difference between being a tourist, and a visitor and a traveler.
[+] Im in a mysterious 'good net connection' period for the past 30 minutes. Holy Internet, im going to write this book. Yep. Im going to roam the streets now.