The US has always been on the forefront of technology or so they claim. They preach about conservation of resources. But my question to them is do they practice what they preach? Petroleum products are used like crazy what with those huge SUVs and XUVs running all over the place. The roads are good let’s give it to them and the traffic extremely disciplined but then no public transport at all aside of some cities. Even the intercity buses they have (Greyhound and Megabus are two names I came across) aren’t even heard of by most people. And I don’t even know if they have intercity trains. Everyone just wants to drive. And they sure can drive. We covered a distance of 450 miles from Orlando to Atlanta yesterday in a matter of 7 hours which was awesome but then if I were in India I would have taken an overnight train or if left with no choice I would take a bus. A car is the last thing I want to drive for such long distances.
I honestly have no right to comment on the obesity prevalent in Americans considering my own obesity levels but I should admit that they can reduce obesity in the US by just decreasing their portion sizes. Kavya and wifey had an ice-cream each in Florida. When ordering they were asked small, medium or large and they opted for small. The size of the small ice-cream was probably larger than the largest we could have in India. The three of us shared the two SMALL servings of the desserts but had to discard almost an entire serving as we could not afford to consume any further. Even when ordering food, they prompt you to have a coke or such (Soda they call it!) and add french fries (which then makes it a meal they say). The proposition price wise may sound attractive but honestly it is a complete waste. I would rather they stop this commercialism of Coke, Pepsi etc. and let people drink water. And yes water is the same price as a Coke if not more expensive! In India we consume so much water and hydrate ourselves (maybe due to the weather too). Their coffee is also huge. I always opt for small but haven’t been able to finish one. Maybe they can downsize it further learning from Indians and the concept of Mumbai’s cutting chai.
Lastly which hurt me the most was their usage of paper!!!! Oh my God. They consume so much of paper. I do appreciate their hygiene levels as you have clean toilets (the sulabh shauchalyas can learn a thing or two from them) complete with soap and hot water. Each toilet has paper napkins either through a manual or automatic dispenser. People here tend to use that paper like there is no tomorrow. Maybe they could do with a lesson or two on paper conservation. And my pet peeve. They don’t have a bum spray and use toilet paper. Jeez. How yucky!!! Wastage of paper and you feel so funny. I wish the bum spray makers in India would patent their creation and mass market it in the US. They can improvise and use the hot water too I am sure (Imagine cleaning your bum with warm water). Or then if the Americans need to learn they are more than welcome to board a Mumbai local at 0630 in the morning and stand at the door. They will learn how the ubiquitous lota / any other container is used.
While we Indians can learn a lot from them in terms of roads, traffic sense, hygiene etc. I am sure they can learn from us too in terms of public transport, downsizing meal portions, paper conservation and not to forget my most missed bum spray / lota.