One of the most annoying things in India for tourists is the highly aggressive street hawkers, touts, con artists, drivers, guides, etc, etc… (sounding like just everyone in India :P). Indians are natural-born businessmen. They always want to do business and want to sell you just about anything, whatever they have (or not have) in hand.
Yes, everyone needs to earn his living and has his family to feed. It’s fine selling me products or services when I am passing by, but don’t keep following me for miles! It’s really getting on one’s nerves when these hawkers and touts aggressively following every footstep, on the streets, inside and outside the temples, endlessly asking to buy his products or services, making one feels like being preyed upon by some hungry foxes.
It can be quite tiresome sometimes.
And after trying different ways, Yik and I have concluded that the best way to deal with these persistent, aggressive hawkers and touts who would make a US used car seller blush is by Complete Silence.
Complete Silence! Yes, that’s it. Very simple yet it works miracle.
If one has no time for these hawkers, or just want some private time, don’t reply to any of their questions. Don’t say a word, not even a “yes” or a “no” (they don’t take “no” for an answer anyways). Just completely ignore them as if you can’t see any of them. Even the most aggressive ones will leave you alone sooner than you realize.
It works well. Don’t feel bad about being rude. Try it! It’s all a game 😀
PS: But if you think that’s too rude, an alternative is to pretend you don’t speak English. Works well too!