Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cleaning up India's streets?

The streets can be very dirty here. Garbage and tire fires burn right on the sidewalks. People spit and piss and litter wherever outside the gated oases of planned, private development (like Magarpatta City and our housing society). I don't think I've seen a public trash can yet.

Leading up to this move, I started reading the expat blog Diary of a White Indian Housewife. I highly recommend it. Sharrell is an Australian who married an Indian and moved to Mumbai. She also writes the India travel section for

She recently posted about a group in Bangalore, The Ugly Indian, that is making interesting efforts to beautify the city's streets and curtail further rude behavior. Basically running with the Broken Windows Theory, they have had very good results so far.

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