Perhaps one of the downfalls of living in a populous developing country is that we become immune to the sights of suffering around us as we go about our daily lives. We see that man lying on the side of the road one day and instead of helping him, we learn to look the other way every day; thus, we don’t have to see that man slowly wasting away and almost merging with the sidewalk where he lies.
In Varanasi, a beggar fainted on the road on a hot day and locals continued to just walk past him, uncaring of his fate. Luckily for the man, a tourist was in the area. The female foreign national immediately got water bottles and revived the man.
While female tourists to India are usually cautioned to be wary and alert always, this is one example of why we must treat our tourists like welcome guests. Often, during the hour of need, one finds strangers more helpful and accepting than friends.