The Expectation and Reality of India 現實與想像中的印度

How do you usually know about a story? Mostly from a movie or on the Internet? It's not that difficult to find gorgeous pictures of India on Google. However, you should always tell yourself that not to trust the pictures online because they might have been edited with so much "MSG" in them. You should try not to expect too much to avoid any disappointment. Read on to discover the reality of India now!


通常你是從哪裡得知一些東西呢?大概應該是從網路上,又或者是在電影裡吧?Google的搜尋結果總是能給你們看到一大堆漂亮的印度照片,不過你必須一直在提醒自己,不要完全相信網路上的照片,因為那可能都是放了太多的「味精」修改出來的照片!為免有任何的失望情況發生,大家盡量都不會把未知的一切想像得太美好。出發印度之前就先來看看,好讓自己有準備!


1. Pollution Issue in India


Expectation: Pollution? It should be fine. It couldn't be any worse! We're from Hong Kong!
Reality: We couldn't even breathe and just keep coughing like forever.

Everyone knows that India suffers severe air pollution and we thought it would be similar to Hong Kong's until we landed. Our advice is to take as many facial masks as possible with you, or you could get ill seriously eventually. We couldn't even see the view clearly from the Tuk Tuk that we took, how could the driver can drive us to the right destination?


1. 印度的空氣污染


想像:污染?沒問題的吧!能有多厲害喔?應該跟香港差不多吧!
現實:嘩根本就是不能比較的,簡直就是呼吸不了,我們一直咳嗽,感覺就是直到永遠了⋯⋯

印度那裡的空氣污染問題非常嚴重,本以為是跟香港差不多的⋯⋯ 我們的建議是把口罩帶上,愈多愈好,否則真的很容易就會病倒的了。從我們坐的 Tuk Tuk 裡面往外看,根本就看不到什麼東西,到底司機是如何駕駛的呢?


2. People and traffics in India


Expectation: How busy could it be? like peak hours at MTR in Hong Kong?
Reality: Here's nothing like anywhere in the world.

Taking Tuk Tuk everywhere in India is super convenient like grabbing a taxi in a cheap way. They could be seen and found everywhere, literally everywhere. Everyone would walk into the traffics so basically the traffic lights were totally useless. Even all sorts of transports, especially small vehicles like motorbike and Tuk Tuk, they would just go through all the possible gaps in between people and the traffics. For the first few days we thought we were gonna die but we managed to adopt this Indian culture at the end.


2. 印度的人口與交通情況


想像:可以有多繁忙喔?就好像上下班時間的港鐵嗎?
現實:我們找不到第二個跟這裡一樣的地方了。

我們在印度的時候,就經常坐著 Tuk Tuk 到處走,因為真的是非常方便和便宜呢!基本上到處都會看到它的蹤影,而且當地人和司機都會亂過馬路,交通燈在那裡可以說是完全不管用的。我們真的很佩服他們呢,當時還真的覺得我們會不會被車撞死,幸好之後習慣了這種過馬路的模式就還好了。


3. Henna Services in India


Expectation: Chilling in a shop and doing our henna like we were doing our nails.
Reality: Someone would always approach to you and said, "Henna? Come!", and you would find your seat on the road after you went through a crowd.

Henna is probably one of the things that you should do when you come to India. We were imagining ourselves doing our henna in a fancy shop. It didn't really have to be in a posh one, but at least somewhere indoor? We still can't believe that we literally did that randomly on the street, sitting on the road and having looked by every strangers. It's a bit weird but the experience was fantastic and we would love to do it all over again!


3. 印度的海娜手繪服務


想像:在一家店裡面坐著慢慢享受別人幫我們畫印度手繪。
現實:很多人都會衝著你來,然後問你:「印度海娜手繪?跟我來吧!」當你走過了一堆人群後,你會發現你準備坐在路邊畫。

畫印度海娜手繪好像就是其中一項在印度必做的事情。我們一直都在想像自己會在一家店裡面畫,也不是想要一家超級豪華的店了,但就至少是在室內的吧?還是沒有辦法相信我們在路邊也畫了那麼好看的手繪,而且一直都有陌生人在看著你,感覺就是怪怪的。不過要我們再來一次,我們還是很願意的!


4. Curry in India


Expectation: We're going to eat the most authentic curry in the world! YAY!
Reality: Can we just stop for a little bit? Can we eat something else for our breakfast?

How can you resist to have the most authentic food in the origin? Basically we had curry every day, everywhere, even as breakfast. We didn't expect that our hotel would also offer curry as breakfast... So one day we thought maybe we should stop by McDonald's for something else instead of curry, which we ordered a veggie burger, but you know what? It was curry favoured.


4. 印度的咖喱


想像:我們要吃到全世界最正宗的咖喱啦!
現實:我們可以停一下嗎?早餐想吃一下別的喔。

到了咖喱的來源地,當然不能放過任何能吃咖哩的時候啦!所以基本上來說,我們好像是每分每秒都在吃咖哩,早餐也是。我們真的是沒想到連酒店也提供咖哩當早餐的⋯⋯ 所以有一天,我們就想著要不要真的吃一下別的東西好了,結果我們看到了麥當勞,就進去點了一個素食漢堡,但是你知道嗎?那居然也是咖哩口味的⋯⋯


5. Shopping in India


Expectation: Shop till we drop (all our money).
Reality: You wouldn't expect things in India could be that cheap and you just couldn't find a way to spend all your moment at the end.

We love shopping, especially in India! You could find anything you want here! We even bought the whole set of an Indian tradition clothing, handbags, accessories and scarf. And we also found a very pretty Indian-style-inspired modern dress as well. We literally bought loads but we still had lots to spend. Eventually we had to shop for the last round in the airport just to "drop" all the spare rupee.


5. 在印度購物


想像:買到窮為止!
現實:東西太便宜了,結果我們的錢花不光,窮不了。

我們很喜歡購物,尤其是在印度!基本上你想買什麼就能買到什麼!我們甚至買了一整套的印度傳統服裝、飾物、手袋和頭巾。而且我們還找到了一條超級好看的印度風長裙。實不相暪,我們買了太多的東西了,可是還剩很多錢。所以最後就只能在機場繼續把剩下的盧比勉強地花掉了!


6. Indian Architectures in India


Expectation: See photos across the Internet.
Reality: OMG! The picture can't do it justice as it is so gorgeous! We were so impressed.

You know the pictures are for reference only. We knew this since we were young. The architectures in India were so gorgeous while the picture can't do it justice. However, the pollution was too severe which made Taj Mahal not as pure and white as before. This is very sad and we wish the pollution would be less serious when we visited India again.


6. 印度的建築物


想像:看看網路上的照片即可。
現實:天啊!照片根本就拍不出來它們的美啊!

我們從小就知道,照片是只供參考的。印度的建築可真的要親自來到現場去看一看。可是這裡的空氣污染實在是太嚴重了,泰姬陵也不夠以前的白了。真的是非常可惜!希望下次再到印度的時候,這個問題會有改善了吧!


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