Fast track stamps and silk scarfs in Varanasi
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 2:00 AM Last Post By: Paanwallah
Dec 5, 2012 9:24 AM
Fast track stamps and silk scarfs in VaranasiA friendly post officer was waving at me at Varanasi post office to skip the long queue and come directly to him to buy my stamps from him at the desk. After putting the stamps on our post cards he stamped them and we were even invited to stamp by ourselves. After that he asked us if we now that in the muslim neighbourhood around the corner work 15000 people are weaving all Varanasi scarfs etc. He could give us an address to watch that. Ok, why not! He brought us even there 500 m, which surprised us (he was supposed to work ) and that over there opposite an old cinema is the entrance. He left us alone, we made one wrong turn, but suddently a friendly man showed up and again showed us the way. We saw some people weaving, he explained and told us he is a designer working with his friend in the weaving busines. The friend was not far away in a house, and suddently we were in room full of scarfs and other things and right in the middle of a intense sales promotion. The guy was even speaking German and showed us a reference letter from Germans who, surprise, surprise, also started at the post office.
We left without buying, not really scared but puzzled and impressed by this high level touting. We still are not sure if the first guy works in the post office at least he was behind the desks when we came back to look for him.
Dec 5, 2012 2:06 PM
Dec 5, 2012 9:58 PM
2I love India..such diversity, beauty, vibrant energy and enterprise. It's a circus at times...just so long as we the tourists don't make a guest appearance as sad clowns!
Thanks, OP, for letting us know another variation on an old theme. In Varanasi for me it was a kindly impromptu temple guide whose uncle just happened to have small rug shop around the corner.
No rules against trying...gotta make a living I suppose. Just have to keep your wits about you, and don't buy something you don't need or want, especially if you don't know the prices or quality.
Dec 6, 2012 2:00 AM
3don't buy something you don't need or want, especially if you don't know the prices or quality
Had an interesting experience in Mussourie. Once I walked into a jewelry shop and the owner (an astrologist at the same time) started to show me his gems. I have told him that I have no clue about the gems and would not be able to distinguish between the glass fragments after a car accident and diamonds. That's why I never buy them.
He gave me a free lesson on how to examine gems for nearly an hour and didn't event want to sell anything.
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