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Subject:  Re: College degree value Date:  5/2/2013  2:19 PM
Author:  salaryguru Number:  49301 of 59131

And more public bathrooms. I was actually taken to a room in a corner of a famous old well to pee right on the floor. (Hey, you drink a lot of tea in India-). I still feel guilty about it.

That is one of the things that surprised me about India. Even in parts of the city that seem relatively affluent, you would find urine on the sidewalks and streets and people would sh#t in any dead-end alley or behind bushes. In New Delhi, I stayed at a 5-star hotel near the parliament and other government buildings. I could look out my hotel window and watch men peeing on the side of the building across the street. You couldn't walk down the sidewalk without having to step over puddles from time to time.

In Beijing, in contrast, there were public restrooms everywhere. They were nothing more than a porcelain fixture comprised of a hole with two footprints, and you needed to bring your own toilet paper, but they were readily available. Also, there was never an attendant expecting money from you like you see so often in Europe. I guess the PRC decided that sanitation was a government responsibility and invested in free public toilets. And it really does work to keep the streets clean and not smelling like urine. India could learn something valuable from the Chinese.
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