Another backstreet in Badami, Karnataka
- Posted Jan. 10, 2008 by Andrea in Karnataka 2007-08. Viewed 5681 times
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I met all of these people on my way back from the temple as seen two posts ago. This is when it's great to be a woman traveller. In traditional societies when women's business is rigidly segregated from men's business, women travellers are made welcome. Meanwhile, you can still talk to the men, though in India most men will treat you with a degree of reserve. So that's when it may be better to be a man; though the men often have almost nil opportunity to talk to women when away from the tourist sections of cities.
It's not as if it's ideal to be part of a couple either. I am not sure of the access to both sexes; however in India, a man will often ignore the woman partner of a tourist couple. This is not out of rudeness, I believe, but because the Indian man thinks he might be in danger of getting a punch on the nose if he talks to the woman - she is after all another man's “wife”. To talk to a woman is seen as flirting to a large extent. When I talk to men, I have to be careful to be a little reserved - but I am generally not that way inclined.
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