Before I went, I knew people would stare, I’m a slightly overweight gori with a desi boyfriend – I wouldn’t expect anything else.
But oh boy do they stare!!
I managed to shrug it off and ignore it, but Babu, he HATED it! I had fun on the occasions we caught the train, I would wait to the side while Babu grabbed tickets, and people would stare as per usual… and for fun I would stare back – only when Babu wasn’t there could i do this though because he disapproved of my tactic! Funny though… If you make eye contact they look away pretty quick!
Check out my photo at the top of this page… I was on a crowded train…how many men are openly staring at me?! Now, I took this photo with my phone pretty discreetly, so the staring isn’t because I’m taking a photo – I really never realised I am so interesting! Ha!
So piece of advice for visiting India #2 prepare to be a tourist attraction (for the natives!), notice it, then shrug it off, and get on with your business!
Oh and in case you fancy a laugh, at the beautiful elephanta caves, these Indian girls thought it more interesting to take a photo with me instead of the wonderful carvings!* Oh look, a Gori!
*I look very rough in this photo, if you climbed that many steps in that heat you would too, and yes, this is one of the photos that triggered my current diet plan (thanks tiny tiny Indian girls for making me look giant!)