collapsing new buildings…

…I would see what i thought to be very old buildings and find a date that would show them to be only 20 years old, a combination of  speedy, shoddy building techniques and extreme pollution – the air is thick with it in the city (lots of related health problems in Hyderabad). From a car stuck in traffic i watched men demolish a building by hand with mallets, all that was left was a front facing wall, a door frame and lintel. Three men stood on the lintel, smashing away at it with hammers, at what point do they stop? when it collapses and takes them down with it? The car moved on, so i don’t know.

Notices in English for tourists in Gujarat (India)

In an Ahmedabad Hotel: Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please.. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read this notice.

In a Surat hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In the elevator in Hotel Tex Pallazo, Surat : To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Baroda hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Jamnagar : Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Ahmedabad hotel near Gujarat College: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

Edwards Laundry on Relief Road, Ahmedabad: Drop your trousers here for best results.

In a Bhavnagar hotel: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is rekvested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In a Anand laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a heritage hotel at Junagadh: Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides (on the famous white asses) in Rann of Kutch : Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a 5-Star Hotel cocktail lounge in Ahmedabad: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In the office of a Ahmedabad gynecologist: Specialist in women and other diseases.

In a Bharuch hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.


3 responses to “collapsing new buildings…

  1. Hi Margarita,

    Have read your entire blog up to yesterday fantasticexperience and I guess an amazing learning curve -when are due back in E >?

    • have not experienced a learning curve that steep since i started the museum for zegna at the beginning of 2005. Am just back actually, now posting retrospectively (lots of material to go through still) and trying to keep the blog going with new stuff.

  2. Marga,

    me diste un buen inicio de jueves….


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