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I was in Southern India earlier this year and noticed many Indians speaking English with each other. This is because they simply don't speak each others native language. I don't think people in the south don't want to speak in Hindi, they simply can't. That's why English is so important, because most people speak better English than any second Indian ...


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Malaria is transmitted by a specific type of mosquito (female anopheles) that breeds in still / stagnant water that collects after monsoons. If you're travelling during winter or summer in India, you don't have to worry about this too much as the weather conditions are not conducive for these specific mosquitoes to breed. Locals usually don't take malaria ...


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The "North vs South" divide exists. South Indians feel North Indians are loud, boorish, and have a superiority complex, and do not attempt to learn or respect local culture, language and such. North Indians feel South Indians are unfriendly, are sambar-rasam people. Both parties have some pre-conceived notions. In the end it depends on you, and the ...


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Most government health organizations recommend that chemoprophylaxis when traveling to an area where malaria is endemic (which includes South India). However, you should do whatever makes you comfortable - ideally after discussing it with a travel doctor. When I was in Delhi, it was primarily during winter and my travel doctor told me that for that area at ...


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Depends on where you are planning to go, and when. If you are travelling to cities, you should be safe. In most urban areas, people are at a very low risk due to Malaria. Most cities have some kind of mosquito-control programme. If you are travelling to the hills, forests, natural reserves, and especially during the monsoons, which is when mosquitoes breed ...


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Many travellers I know (who went to Africa) do not use profylactic antimalarials (like Lariam) because of the harsh side effects. They have some medicine to take AFTER the get malaria, and usualy travel in dry season only. Moreover, I heard that you can use herbal tea from (I guess) Artemisia annua as a prevention! If you hate to use chemical repellents ...


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As far as South India is considered, the no of people speaking hindi is different from one state to other. For example, one can survive with hindi in most northern parts of the two states Andhra and Karnataka. If you come down, not all people speak hindi, but if you try, you can atleast find one or two who are speaking hindi. This is true only in Andhra and ...


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There are two options for you - Via Kolar & Chittor which is shorter by 30KMs but slower due to two lane roads and no toll. Via Krishnagiri & Vellore, quicker but one need to pay toll. There are 5 toll booths between Bangalore and Chennai via Krishnagiri. Toll keeps varying as the toll operators keep changing the toll every 4-6 months.


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I advise against taking anything. The side-effects can be harsh, in fact I wasn't able to enjoy my trip until I got rid of the medication. Furthermore, especially in India, you're traveling from city to city so the chances for a malaria mosquito finding you are really low. You're much more likely to be hit by a car, suffer from too much heat or get an ...



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