Indians have a horrible reputation in the international media, travel blogs, and in the average western mind – and then you find out that the vast majority you run into in everyday life on the tourist circuit are normal people, just like everywhere, who know how to behave properly and how to relate to foreigners without getting weird or creepy.
I just hope that they are mostly not aware of how they are thought of abroad. Just like most Thais have no clue that their beautiful country has a seedy image overseas. Somehow I simply don’t think it would help in this instant if they knew.
There are many people who want to take my photo, and there are many others who ask me to take theirs. And then of course I try to take a lot of sneaky pictures too, but I’m still not very good at those.
(And let’s just forget about the annoying touts, sneaky tuktuk drivers, conmen disguised as travel agents, and various other specimens who actually belong to a completely different species in any other country as well. They annoy me to hell and back, of course.)