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Funny Signs from my India Trip: Part One

I recently visited my folks in India for three weeks. I hadn’t been back in years and its always fascinating for me to hang out in the land of my birth and adolescence. India 2008 is in so many ways so different from India 1999.

But the best parts for me have nothing to do with India’s non-Hindu blazing growth rates. They have to do with the cultural differences that make themselves known in that most mundane manner: billboards, street signs, banners.

Here is a fun example from my hometown.

“Banjaara” – which means nomad for the uninitiated – is a little restaurant in my folks’ neighborhood.

I already have an issue with the name; why name a RESTAURANT after people whose sense of hygiene is, well, nomadic. Why christen a place of good after people who move every time the sand blows in their face? But fine, I can deal with it.

Here’s my real problem: these guys really can’t make up their minds! Is it a hotel? Or an inn? Is it a family restaurant? And if so, why is the word BAR prominently tacked to the end?

And last but not least, why the gratuitous use of the word “PRESIDENT”?

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  1. Dini
    June 9, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Simply hilarious! 🙂

  2. October 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm


    You may want to check out my new book on funny road signs in India. Click on http://ajayjain.com/peep-peep-dont-sleep/.

    Cheers… Ajay

  1. June 15, 2008 at 11:45 pm

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