As a woman in the mela camp I think I can speak not only for myself, but all of my sisters, about our men. We are so grateful for their presence. We out number them almost three to one which makes us even more appreciative. They are rare jewels.
When women are not allowed to leave our camp we are requested to have at least one of the men from our camp to accompany us. They graciously accompany us with good humor, respect, and compassionate understanding of our needs. They are patient and kind and we simply could not function without them.
In addition to our mela group men, I’m also grateful for the Indian men that travel with us as our guides. They translate, help us count our rupees and remind us it’s not worth bargaining over a few cents. They tolerate our shopping much better than most American men and are always looking out for us. Without them this trip would simply not be possible for us. Through their protection, we are afforded access to places many Indian women would not be able to go.
So if any of you sisters have one of those “few good men” in your life comment/brag back about him below. He is a rare jewel!