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Life’s a Beach – Your Reality or Mine?

>Varkala is a Kerala joy. The main footpath leading through town
closely follows the edge of the cliff. So close that one false step
could land you in the sea far below. The other side of the path is
lined with restaurants, shops and hotels. It really is stunning. When
I arrived there were so few tourists that if they all went for dinner
at the same time there would only be one per restaurant. The often
double story open air restaurants competed fiercely for my attention
with a stand out front with only the freshest fish. Little did they
know my dislike for all things fishy.

But that is not what makes this town unique. During the monsoon (now)
the beach recedes leaving only little pockets of sand here and there.
The one biggish spot of sand left has the the local temple goers and
tourists fighting for space. The locals abhor uncovered women of any
type. Most find it uncouth while the Indian males sans ladies are
prone to pull out their camera and do a photo shoot of these strange
white beings who sit on the sand trying to be brown. Serious problems
erupt frequently in other places when dozens of Indian males surround
groups of tourists the Indian's cameras clicking away. Police were on
duty to keep both groups separated and today everyone is behaving.
With the police here the scene is surreal. Indian ladies allow the sea
to lick at their feet fully clothed in their saris umbrella in hand to
keep the sun off. The more adventurous Indian women go swimming fully
clothed. Not one Indian women is anything resembling a bathing suit.
The Indian men also are under umbrellas but some of them wear
swimtrunks. The tourists on the other hand wear almost as little as
possible and lie in the sun as if beached. Many are pasty white and a
little doughy around the middle. They are completely oblivious to the
fact they are offending the Indian beach goers many who have come as
part of their temple routine.

Welcome to the contrast of India.



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