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Stuart Mathieson, Lübeck, Germany

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sleeping Indians...

Grabbing some Z's
Have you ever been on a bus or train in Asia and wondered how the hell everyone managed to fall asleep so quickly?  It doesn't seem to matter whether they're Malay or Mongolian, Asian people will generally drift off before the bus gets to 4th gear. 

And how do they effortlessly manage to keep their dignity intact?  Anytime I fall asleep on public transport involves a generous amount of drooling, a nasal symphony and occasional, seemingly electrically induced, jolts into consciousness.  Yet you rarely see Sri Lankans slobbering on themselves or Chinese chewing their own cheeks during travel naps.

Asians just seem to be best at spontaneous snoozing, and Indians in particular are the coma kings.  It doesn't matter whether it's on some comfy concrete or with air conditioned bliss, Indians take any opportunity to visit the land of nod.  

Maybe it's a Bollywood thing and they simply want to dream about being Shah Rukh Khan?  Or maybe because cricket matches last for days?  Whatever the reason, doctors of the world take note.  Want to find a cure for insomnia? Ask an Indian...

Sunset Snooze

A/C Indian Style
Comfy Concrete


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