India is a great country which must be visited at least once in your lifetime. It has its own beauty and people living in this country have unique characteristics that make them the most charming personalities of the earth. Though India has plenty of plus points and great things to relish and to recommend to this world, it has its minus points too and it is very much necessary for the foreign people who travel to India must be aware of them so that they can be cautious and enjoy their trip.
Theft: Though India is not a violent country and there is no need to afraid of too serious crimes, there are lots of small irritants that any foreigner has to overcome them. Thefts are the most common things in India. Thieves will be lurking in every corner and whenever the tourist is not vigilant, they are ready to take away anything they can make away with. If you are careful then there is no need to worry against losing your things. Following are some tips to avoid thefts in India
- In the busy places, make sure your bag is properly locked and while sitting have them attached with your body. Do not place them near you without touching them. This will avoid the snatchers or grabbers.
- Do not leave your things alone anywhere. In case you need to part them, entrust them with someone you can trust.
- While traveling on public transports like buses or trains, keep the bag attached with the bicycle chain very close by so that it cannot be taken away when you doze off.
- Usage of money belts will keep you safe in the foreign place. Keeping things in your pocket is also not recommended since there are so many talented thieves who can rip off the pockets and its contents while you sleep.
- Wherever you stay, replace the locks with your own or use extra padlocks of your own to the doors and cup boards. Close all windows securely before you leave the room.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and be cautious against the pick pockets.
- Expensive watches and cameras are sure things that will get disappear somehow. So it is better not to wear those things. Instead wear cheaper items so that you need not worry on the loss.
- Staring eyes: This is something you have to bear with. Learn to be patient and try not to get angry towards the innocent people who stare you as if you are at an alien or a thing kept at museum.
- Helping tendency: Beware of the Indian tendency that when you ask them something like directions or some clarifications, they will never say ‘NO’ to you even if they do not know the answer. Their behavior will greatly irritate you.
- Crowd behavior: This is the funniest thing in India. In the railway stations there will be more than thousand people trying to get tickets all at the same time. Lining up or standing in queues, though they know it, is not for the Indians. Be prepared to get pushed, squeezed and to come out of shape. Then only you can get a ticket. Do not hesitate to behave in rough manner or speak out or quarrel like little children. Indians do not have hard feelings in this matter. Instead after a rough and tough conversation, you may end up with good relationship or an invitation to their house.
- Time sense: Indians have no time sense at all. Getting late hours together is very common. Most of the shops in South India close for lunch and they do not bother to open up again promptly. They will say you just 10 minutes but it will take many long hours.