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Where is the Real India?

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Question 01
What do you expect from a visit to India?
Answer Count Percentage
A fuller understanding of the country and its culture (A1) 12 70.59%  
A cheap and colourful holiday, not more (A2) 2 11.76%  
Neither of these options (A3) 3 17.65%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 0 0.00%

Question 02
Choose the elements of a visit you believe will create the fullest experience of the country
Answer Count Percentage
Eating Indian food at a cafe/ stall catering to locals (SQ001) 8 47.06%  
Exploring ruins of older civilisations (SQ002) 4 23.53%  
Seeing temples, mosques or churches (SQ003) 4 23.53%  
Taking basic transport (buses, taxis, rickshaws) around the city (SQ004) 7 41.18%  
Staying in a Raj-era or heritage hotel (SQ005) 1 5.88%  
Taking part in a safari or drive through a wildlife reserve (SQ006) 1 5.88%  
Learning a little about the lives of the urban poor (SQ007) 2 11.76%  
Chatting to middle-class people in cities about their lives (SQ008) 7 41.18%  
Watching a Bollywood movie in a cinema (SQ009) 1 5.88%  
Spending some time on a movie set (SQ010) 0 0.00%
Learning yoga, dance, cookery or a local language (SQ011) 0 0.00%
Attending a classical music concert (SQ012) 0 0.00%
Playing games with Indian children/young people (SQ013) 3 17.65%  
Doing some voluntary work teaching, or in a centre for the homeless or sick (SQ014) 1 5.88%  
Laughing at yourself for feeling frustrated over something you can't control (SQ015) 2 11.76%  
Enduring an overnight journey on a train or bus (SQ016) 2 11.76%  
Navigating crowded, back lanes in Old Delhi or Kolkata as the only foreigner (SQ017) 5 29.41%  
Bargaining for food necessities in the market (SQ018) 4 23.53%  
Battling monsoonal wetness, summer heat or mountain chills (SQ019) 2 11.76%  
Trekking for a day or more in northern mountains (SQ020) 2 11.76%  
Meditating and finding inner peace (SQ021) 0 0.00%
Riding an elephant or camel (SQ022) 0 0.00%


Question 03
What is the purpose of your trip to India (please choose the closest, or 'other' with a comment)?
Answer Count Percentage
I live part of the year in India (A1) 0 0.00%
I am a journalist (A2) 0 0.00%
I visit for business (A3) 0 0.00%
I am married to an Indian citizen (A4) 0 0.00%
I am a resident (A5) 0 0.00%
other (A6) 3 17.65%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 14 82.35%  

two comments received for "other" [A6]
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Question 04
Can you be more specific when you say that a "cheap and colourful holiday, not more" is what you want?
Answer Count Percentage
I'm only interested in meeting foreigners (SQ001) 0 0.00%
I go to escape the winter at home (SQ002) 1 5.88%  
I don't have much money; India's cheap (SQ003) 1 5.88%  
Temples and culture - that's for oldies (SQ004) 0 0.00%
The booze and dope cost less than at home (SQ005) 1 5.88%  
When I reach India, I'll be tired of tramping around temples and stuff (SQ006) 0 0.00%
I did all the "culture" bit when I first went (SQ007) 0 0.00%
I'll look at one or two places, but I'm not especially interested (SQ008) 0 0.00%

Question 05
Do you believe there is such a place as the Real India?
Answer Count Percentage
Yes, I think it's about traditional ways of life, the modest and the local (A1) 3 17.65%  
Yes, but I think it's about everything you can find in modern India (A2) 10 58.82%  
No, there is no such thing today (A3) 0 0.00%
I'm not sure (A5) 3 17.65%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 07
What photographs do you tend to take on your trips?
Answer Count Percentage
I mostly photograph traditional scenes and people wearing non-Western clothes (A1) 5 29.41%  
I mostly photograph modern scenes with people wearing Western clothes (A2) 1 5.88%  
I take a mixture of photographs (A3) 10 58.82%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 08
When framing a photograph, do you consciously eliminate aspects of the new (satellite dishes, men in
Western suits, modern shopfronts) to create the composition you think is appropriate?
Answer Count Percentage
Almost never (A1) 6 35.29%  
Sometimes (A2) 7 41.18%  
Often (A3) 2 11.76%  
Practically always (A4) 1 5.88%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 09
Would you be more or less attracted if India were presented like Dubai in tourist brochures: that is, with
an emphasis on very large, modern buildings and shopping malls?
Answer Count Percentage
More attracted (A1) 0 0.00%
Less attracted (A2) 11 64.71%  
The appeal of India wouldn't change (A3) 3 17.65%  
Can't say, it hasn't happened (A4) 2 11.76%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 10
How would you feel if traditional sights (bullock carts, rickshaws, chai wallahs on trains, men wearing
lunghis and salwar pajama in the street, etc) disappeared from India?
Answer Count Percentage
It wouldn't bother me, India's got to modernise and some things are bound to go (A1) 2 11.76%  
It's sure to happen and I'd feel the loss, but other attractions will endure (A2) 3 17.65%  
I would feel that something unique to the Indian identity had gone forever (A3) 9 52.94%  
Can't say, it hasn't happened (A4) 2 11.76%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 11
Travel in India is best when some of it is outside the visitor's usual comfort zone.
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 11 64.71%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 5 29.41%  
Disagree (A3) 0 0.00%
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 12
Staying in a comfortable hotel, everything available on room service and never needing to venture into
rougher areas of town, blunts your comprehension of the lives of people who make up the largest
portion of India.
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 12 70.59%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 1 5.88%  
Disagree (A3) 3 17.65%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 13
The element of the unexpected influencing travel plans (either for the worse or the better) makes
moving around in India more exciting than in a developed country.
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 11 64.71%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 2 11.76%  
Disagree (A3) 3 17.65%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 14
Alternating inexpensive, basic travel and accomodation with more expensive, luxury options gives a
fuller understanding of modern India's contradictions.
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 7 41.18%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 3 17.65%  
Disagree (A3) 6 35.29%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 15
Remaining longer in a few locations gives more chance to interact with India than a packed, two-week
tour of ten destinations.
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 13 76.47%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 1 5.88%  
Disagree (A3) 1 5.88%  
No answer 1 5.88%  
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 16
Visiting a city - yet one 'off the beaten track' - is more enriching than being in a heavily touristed, small
town (for example, Pushkar).
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 12 70.59%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 3 17.65%  
Disagree (A3) 0 0.00%
No answer 1 5.88%  
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 17
You have to get to know an Indian family or at least attend a festival with an Indian person genuinely to
claim you have 'seen' Indian life
Answer Count Percentage
Agree (A1) 7 41.18%  
Not sure, no answer (A2) 4 23.53%  
Disagree (A3) 5 29.41%  
No answer 0 0.00%
Not completed or Not displayed 1 5.88%  

Question 18
Finally, consider how lucky we are to be able to use a computer and read this, to eat three meals a day, to
have shoes and live in a proper house. According to a 2007 government study, over 800
million Indians don't have even basic 'luxuries' like these. If you have any comments, please add them here...
Count Percentage
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3 17.65%  
No answer 12 70.59%  
Not completed or Not displayed 2 11.76%  

   
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