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Holi in Haryana Men Throw Colour and Women Beat Them. Photo Ā© Karl Rock.

Holi in Haryana: Men Throw Colour and Women Beat Them! [Exclusive Video]

When I went to Bahadurgarh in Haryana for Holi (better known outside of India as the festival of colour), I had no idea what I was about to experience. It turned into a great video because of that!

The rest of India celebrates Holi by throwing colours and water over each other. But in Haryana, it’s a battle of the sexes. It’s called Lathmar Holi.

As arrived at a small park, where a sound system and catering tent has been set up, my friend told me to be careful because the women are going to beat the men. I laughed it off, not believing her.

My kurta’s large top pocket was filled with 4 water balloons and I was ready for action. I burst a balloon on my friend and out came her whip made of some kind of Indian cloth. She started swinging it at me! She was a friend so she was swinging lightly. It didn’t hurt.

I grabbed the whip from her and began chasing her! After a short chase, I stumbled on an invisible pothole in the grass and came tumbling down! While I was face first in the grass an unknown auntie ran up to me and whipped me so hard it left a bruise!

Why did she hit me so hard? This was meant to be fun right? No wonder the other men I saw were running for their lives when being chased by a woman!

Haryanvi women are known for the brawn, this was the first time I saw it in action! You’ve been warned šŸ˜‰

India Surival Guide's YouTube Channel Went Viral. Photo by Surian Soosay (https://flic.kr/p/r2MLev).

India Surival Guide’s YouTube Channel Went Viral!

The last two weeks have been crazy and surreal. My videos were already doing great on YouTube, but then “bass-” posted my Foreigner Surprising Indians with Hindi video on the /r/videos subreddit and the madness began!

That Reddit post started a chain reaction, and I ended up going viral, hitting the top of /r/videos with 24.5k upvotes, a spot on the Reddit India homepage, and gaining over 300,000 views that night.

It was an exciting night for me. I sat there watching the Reddit upvotes climb from 10k to 16k before it was 2 am and I had to crash.

There's that nice spike in views on YouTube!

There’s that nice spike in viral views on YouTube!

After it went viral most of the Indian media picked it up with everybody praising the video which showed me simply surprising Indians with my Hindi.

That video aimed to show everyone how warmly Indians react to a foreigner speaking their language. I wanted to show people that language breaks down barriers and connects people and how learning just a few phrases can enhance a travellers trip to India.

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Since then, that video has gone onto hit over 1 million views, and in total my channel is well over 1.5 million views and counting.

So, YouTube is going to be my primary platform now. I have tons of amazing content to coming so please subscribe to see how I live in incredible India. I’m on social networks too, please follow there also:


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Surprising Indians with My Hindi [Exclusive Video]. Photo Ā© Karl Rock.

Surprising Indians with My Hindi [Exclusive Video]

Language connects us.

When you’re living somewhere like India long term, it’s vital to learn the local language. If you want to fit in, make friends, and interact with the locals, you have to know at least a little bit of their language. Imagine moving to New Zealand or the U.S. and not being able to speak English.

Every week I spend hours improving my Hindi. It takes a lot of time. It takes years and years to learn a language fluently, never believe that “Fluent in 30 Days” nonsense you see online. One day, I’ll have it mastered. Until then, I stumble around practising my Hindi every day wherever I can.

The response I get from locals when I speak in Hindi is fantastic. They immediately light up when they realise I’m giving their language a go. They’re all smiles, and that’s exactly what I went out to capture in my latest video.

Enjoy the smiles and surprise on locals’ faces as I speak to them in their local language! And laugh at my Hindi too if you’re a native Hindi speaker šŸ˜€

Behind the Scenes at a Muslim Wedding in India [Video]. Photo Ā© Karl Rock.

An Inside Look at a Muslim Wedding in India [Exclusive Video]

While in Hyderabad, I went behind the scenes at my friend’s wedding to give you an inside look at a Muslim wedding.

Experience the marriage contract ceremony, after party, and watch the cooks in action backstage as they prepare a royal feast!

If you’re like me and love food and want to see more of the kitchen, check out this extended clip featuring all the food being made out the back of the reception venue.

India Rickshaw Scams Exposed & How to Get the Best Price Video. Photo Ā© Karl Rock.

India Rickshaw Scams Exposed & How to Get the Best Price [Exclusive Video]

After dealing with scammers who’ll approach you on foot in India, you need to know how to bargain and deal with Indian rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and taxi drivers so you can avoid massive foreigner price markups, lies, and scams.

Watch my new hidden camera adventure to see tourist drivers attempt to lie, scam, and rip me off so you can avoid them!

Scammy tourist drivers give all drivers a bad name. I know it seems like everyone is out to get you in India, but unfortunately, all the con-men flock to tourist sights and areas to rip off inexperienced tourists.

Outside tourist areas, in ordinary Indian suburbs, you’ll find genuine people who aren’t trying to extort you. If you can, always book hotels outside of tourist areas. You’ll get a more authentic experience there, especially if you book an Airbnb with a local.

As you can see in the video, I was able to bargain the drivers down 54% in price. If you want to find out how to bargain like a pro in India in 3 simple steps, check out my India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide).

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