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What Not To Do In Bangalore?  
User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

So I'm flying out to Bangalore for business, arriving in the wee hours of June 11, just staying for 3 days, what should I NOT do when I'm there. Thanks in advance!


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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

Don't eat or drink ANYTHING on the street.

Drink only bottled water, and make sure the seal is not broken.

Don't drink Coke in India...it tastes horrible and I'm not really sure about the hygene standards they have when it comes to bottling carbonated beverages (I got really sick after having a can of coke in 2002..I mean really sick).

When the taxi/cab drivers swarm all over you as you arrive, just say that you already have transport to get to the city...don't let them hassle you, same goes for the beggars on the streets, just ignore them.

Get used to people shoving and pushing and not having any personal space, even when you are collecting your baggage from the carousel.

Thats all I can think of now..I'll post more later.



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 1):
Don't drink Coke in India...it tastes horrible

One man's yum is another man's yechh! I brought back a can of coke from India because it tastes so great there.

Things not to do in Bangalore:

1. Don't show up without a hotel reservation - rooms are to kill for!
2. The traffic is unbelievably chaotic - don't attempt to drive.
3. Don't nod when you mean Yes - oscillate your head about a pivot point approx 6" over your head.
4. Don't expect much to get done in 3 days - you'll be very tired.
5. Don't take a cab outside the airport -if your host isn't picking you up, sign up for an air conditioned cab just after leaving the baggage area. (Akbar/Ashok (?) Travels .

Bon Voyage!


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6715 times:

I have to agree on the don't drink the water or eat off the street advice and I would also suggest you bring a couple of rolls of TP to throw in your laptop bag if possible. You never know when you'll need them.

Where are you staying? There are only a few places that I would consider up to par with US business hotels. Definitely make sure that your hotel is picking you up at the airport.

Other things not to do...visit the technology museum, go swimming in Ulsoor Lake, drive a car, and expect things to run on time.

Things to do...take a ride in an autorickshaw, wander up and down MG Road, enjoy the crowds.



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6710 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 2):
Don't nod when you mean Yes - oscillate your head about a pivot point approx 6" over your head.

LMAO, that is hard to do for most non-indians, head movement is key in India, LOL.



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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
Where are you staying?

Possibly Royal Orchard Central or TajResidency.... need to be near N.A.L. I may have my agent there arrange all the driving. Thanks for the tips, I'll make sure I don't move my head in any of my meetings...



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20784 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

http://vsequeira.blogspot.com/2005/0...or-foreigners-101-head-wiggle.html

Okay, this got me intrigued. Does anyone have a video link to a proper head wiggle/waggle?  silly 



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

* Don't wait for traffic to give way for pedestrians - ain't gonna happen
* Carry an umbrella if you plan to walk around - it's been reasonably wet in the evenings.
* Do try some of the local cuisine - maybe at restaurants like "Karavali" in the Taj Gateway - this is the "south Indian cuisine" I'm talking about. Would also encourage you to try
* Don't give any money to beggars - encourages more of them
* Don't confuse the floors in buildings/hotels - the American 1st floor is the Indian "ground floor" and so on.
* Don't assume that 5 kms means 5 minutes travel time - it could take you up to an hour to cover 5 kms.
* Don't plan on carrying more than 1 carry on item on your return - the Indian security regulations allow only 1 hand baggage on board - and there's currently no exceptions to laptops. So if you have a laptop bag and a carry on - you'll have to check one in.
* Don't get to the airport at the last minute - there are often hour long queues outside the airport just to get your bags X-Rayed. This is especially true during the 8-11 pm time range.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 2):
5. Don't take a cab outside the airport -if your host isn't picking you up, sign up for an air conditioned cab just after leaving the baggage area. (Akbar/Ashok (?) Travels .

Akbar travels - yes - they're pretty good - and they're located just after the baggage claim/customs.

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 5):
Possibly Royal Orchard Central or TajResidency.... need to be near N.A.L

AFAIK, the NAL Head office is on airport road (opposite the Golden Enclave complex) - and hence the Leela or the Royal Orchid hotel would be the closest. Or one of the numerous service apartments on airport road.

Enjoy your trip and I hope we get a detailed trip report!



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6600 times:

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 5):
Possibly Royal Orchard Central or TajResidency

I stayed at the Taj Residency when I was there for a month and they were great. They were in the process of updating the rooms when I was there in late 2004 but even my older room was comparable to a decent Marriott Courtyard here in the States. I don't know about the Royal Orchard but Nimish mentioned the Leelah Palace and I was impressed by it when we visited it.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6575 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 1):
Don't drink Coke in India

Try Thumbs up.its stronger.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 2):
Don't nod when you mean Yes - oscillate your head about a pivot point approx 6" over your head.

Thats true.This was pointed out by a few Boeing Instructors during our B752SF Trainings & after observing in detail its very common for Indians NOT to nod yes but move a circular head mvmt.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
hings to do...take a ride in an autorickshaw, wander up and down MG Road, enjoy the crowds.

Try MG Road,Brigade street.Visit the Pubs.

Meet up with a few Indian Anetters from BLR.There are quite a few.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

I really want to know more about this head wiggle/waggle thing. I didn't quite understand the gesture from the description on that web page, so I second the call for a video.

DrDeke



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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 2):
3. Don't nod when you mean Yes - oscillate your head about a pivot point approx 6" over your head.



Quoting DrDeke (Reply 10):
I really want to know more about this head wiggle/waggle thing. I didn't quite understand the gesture from the description on that web page, so I second the call for a video.

Haha I think the head wiggle thing is bigger in Southern India. I'm always thrown off when I hear a South Indian reply "Yes" but shake his head like he's saying no. A lot of people (especially the ones you will be interacting with) will know English and have probably had some experience with Westerners. If you can't figure it out, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Make sure you don't leave before having a traditional South Indian meal: Dosa, Uttapam, Idli-Sambhar, Rasam.

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 1):
Don't drink Coke in India...

I'd still try it. Coke is a little sweeter in India, and Pepsi is a little stronger. But like someone said above, skip both and try Thumbs Up because it beats both.

And the sealed bottled water is really important, especially if you buy it from a street vendor. Some have been known to take used bottles and fill them up with tap water. So also crush your bottle before you throw it away.

Along with water, I would probably avoid any dairy products where the milk hasn't been heated (like Lassi or shakes). Pasteurization isn't standard in India so you don't know.



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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6555 times:

Awesome help guys, many thanks. I arrive into BLR on June 11 at 0430 on BA0119 and depart on June 14 at 0545 on BA0118. I plan on having meetings with my customer on the 12th and 13th. The rest of the time is free, if anybody is up for dinner those dates or have the day of the 11th free then please PM me.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6534 times:

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 12):
if anybody is up for dinner those dates or have the day of the 11th free then please PM me.

I can't remember all the places I was taken by the locals when I was there but I do remember one place. It was called Tandoor or something along those lines and of course they had Tandoori food. They have a location in the Maldives IIRC and I recall leaving the place stuffed with a taste to go back for more later on when it all settled. The locals on here can point you to some other good spots as well.

Oh, one other thing that seems a bit odd at first, for Americans at least, is the way guys in India will hold hands or walk with their arms around each others shoulders. It's not a gay thing (not that there is anything wrong with that) but rather a friendship thing. Of course us Americans with our love of personal space, which you won't have in India, see it as a bit weird. I had read about it before I got there and didn't think twice about it.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Tony....remember your malaria and other shots (the list is available at the CDC, but some infectious disease docs add to that list) and don't drink the water.

Gin is ok.

Have fun



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
Tony....remember your malaria and other shots (the list is available at the CDC, but some infectious disease docs add to that list) and don't drink the water.

I've heard mixed things about Malaria shots/pills - they can make you feel quite spacey and give you nightmares. I'd stick with my favorite anti-malarial - a Gin and Tonic everyday!

If you are just heading to Bangalore, remember it has a sub-tropical, pleasant climate so the infectious disease profile is lower there. My own preference is for Hep A and B shots, only because they do affect the liver in the long term.

Oh, yes make sure you try Indian Mangoes as they will be in season - which reminds me - Don't be afraid to flirt with the locals - decapitation was banned a while ago...


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
remember your malaria and other shots (the list is available at the CDC, but some infectious disease docs add to that list)

Not sure if you really need them if only going for a couple of days in an area where mosquitos carrying the little malaria critters are few and far between. I took all sorts of shots (polio, rabies, Hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, and a few others I forget) plus my daily malaria pills.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 15):
I've heard mixed things about Malaria shots/pills - they can make you feel quite spacey and give you nightmares.

I believe the one you are talking about is Larium. Some of its side effects include nausea and halucinations up to an incluing suicidal thoughts and actions. I took Malarone which you have to take every day and had no problems. Some of my co-workers took Larium and complained for a couple of days after taking it once a week of being spaced out and feeling a bit weird and woozy. For such a short trip I wouldn't worry about it but if going longer take the Malarone if you can remember to take a pill every day.



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User currently offlineVulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6493 times:



Is this the 'yes' ?



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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6479 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
Tony....remember your malaria and other shots (the list is available at the CDC, but some infectious disease docs add to that list) and don't drink the water.

Mosquitos find me first, picking up the prescription tomorrow, I do not want Larium.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 14):
Gin is ok.



Quoting Comorin (Reply 15):
a Gin and Tonic everyday!

I know what I'm drinking  Smile

Quoting Comorin (Reply 15):
Don't be afraid to flirt with the locals - decapitation was banned a while ago...

Pure business on this trip, besides that, my g/f has my full attention.



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6479 times:

Quoting Vulindlela (Reply 17):

ROTFLMAO, he perfected it.



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6463 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 13):
I can't remember all the places I was taken by the locals when I was there but I do remember one place. It was called Tandoor or something along those lines and of course they had Tandoori food.

If you want to have great Tandoori food, then ask one of the locals to take you to a restaurant called "Gramin", its in a suburb called Koramangala, not too far from the airport and close to one of the city's busiest malls..called the Forum Mall.

The food there is ridiculously cheap and awesome...one thing though, ask for the food to be made mild, and not spicy...because trust me, we can't handle real spicy Tandoori food.



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10254 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6462 times:
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Quoting Vulindlela (Reply 17):
Is this the 'yes' ?

Yep, it is indeed. Although, a lot of people will just do one wiggle.

I've never been able to do it.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6428 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 15):
Oh, yes make sure you try Indian Mangoes as they will be in season

Thats true.Don't miss out on the Alphonso.

Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 18):
Mosquitos find me first, picking up the prescription tomorrow, I do not want Larium

Use the Odomos Cream its the most effective last 3-4 hrs.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

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