All-in-One Fairness

Trip Start Feb 09, 2012
Trip End Feb 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hotel Africa Avenue GK1

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

My hotel, which is in a quiet, residential neighbourhood of New Delhi, has provided a soft landing.  There are large family homes on the surrounding streets, all with gates, guard booths, and Mercedes parked in front.  The traffic in this area is not nearly as crazy as expected, with compact cars and auto rickshaws (aka "tuk- tuks") sharing the road fairly amiably. The constant horn usage will take some getting used to. It seems like there is a commonly understood horn "language", with different types of beeps meaning "get out of my way", "let me in please" , "passing on the left", or "hey, don't hit me!". Amusingly, tuk-tuks and trucks often have "Horn Please" or "Blow Horn" painted on the back of their vehicles, encouraging other motorists to communicate with them via honking.  Maybe it all has something to do with the fact that many vehicles lack proper rearview mirrors. 

I ventured out to a nearby market with Tiffany, a tourmate from the U.S. There were lots of sari shops and tailors mixed in with international chain outlets like Subway, Pizza Hut, Nike and Benneton, and many street vendors selling momos (dumplings), grilled corn sprinkled with chili powder, and kabobs. We decided to stay clear of the street food for now and went to a proper restaurant for some veggie curry. It was tasty stuff, with plenty of spice and heat to clean out the sinuses.

Back in my room, as I flipped through the tv channels, I saw 3 ads for skin lightening products in the first 10 minutes. One kit, branded Oil of Olay, was called "All-in-One Fairness", and it included ligtening cream, dark spot remover, and sunscreen. Then came a commercial for Tide Natural, formulated especially for silk. Two of what are probably many American brands that have created products especially for the Indian market, an opportunity too enormous to pass up, of course.  The ads are in Hindi, but the product names and a few other key words are in English, so it's possible to get the gist.

I promise a more interesting post next time, but for now just wanted to advise of safe arrival and give you the blog link. If you want the updates, you can choose that option on the right hand side, I think.

Now for a nap ...
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Nina on

Skin lightening? And here we are in Canada using self tanner and tanning beds. People are weird.

Glad you arrived safely!

T on

Good to hear you arrived safely
Have fun!

Nee on

Sounds like you are off to a good start! What kind of footwear did you bring for your daily wanderings?

Have fun, I am looking forward to hearing more...

T on

The horn blowing language is so true!!

Leanne on

That was an interesting post to me! Keep 'em coming!

Linda B on

Enjoyed your blog. I can relate to all your experiences. I'm feeling nostalgic.
Enjoy the country of amazing contrasts.

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