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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
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Walk On The Wilde Side

Every foreign female here reports having had 'hello, hello' whispered to her, had some part of her body touched and had someone follow her.

Walk On The Wilde Side
Walk On The Wilde Side
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illustration by Sayrabh Singh Three Indian boys recently asked a 27-year-old archaeologist from New Zealand why the tourists in India are so rude to the Indians, and the Indian press seems puzzled by why the tourists aren't coming here. Some light on both matters. For a start, every foreign female here reports having had "hello hello" whispered in her ear, had some part of her body touched or had someone follow her and be obscene. In the daytime. No matter how she's dressed. In English.

Myself and a friend were walking down the side of Mumbai's maidan after lunching at Churchgate and discussing primary education. Five young men came up, surrounded us, and asked if they could be our friends. Did we look like we wanted to make friends with strangers on the street, I asked, and pointed out we were busy talking. We set off again. They came too. Repeating their request. Just exactly, I enquired, what do you mean by "friend"? Oh "Indian friend" was the answer, given with obscene gestures. I shouted at them...
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