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Indian toilets: How To Use An Indian Toilet
It is said that when travelling in India it's generally best to stay away from the use of public toilets as they would have Squat style toilets. The toilets in the hotels would frequently provide Western styles as well as Indian style conveniences. However when one is out and about; one would be forced to use these amenities especially if one had a strong curry. It is therefore imperative to understand and know what to expect. Indian style toilets are also called squat toilets. More than half the world's population uses it. Simply it consists of a hole in the ground, located at the ground level and toilet paper is replaced with water.
Call of nature the natural way
The squatting position
If you a take a trip to India and other parts of the globe you may get a rude awakening too see INDIAN STYLE TOILETS also loosely described as the SQUAT TOILET. If you want to be in control you should read this to know what to expect if you are a travel fanatic and don't want to get caught amidst in the rough. SQUATTTING or toileting in the Indian way will also supposedly prevent COLON CANCER. More health benefits of squatting position
Indian toilet in the Indian railways: In such situations best is to grab the bars to avoid being tossed out of the door
The squat style is what Adam and Eve or Manu (the fist Indian man) must have used. It takes you back millions of years.
Informative resources on the web on Indian toilets: Best of the web on “Squatting”
Quite a few foreign visitors have a dread of Indian toilets. The squat-type toilets that are common in cheaper hotels are actually much more hygienic and healthier for the system than sit-down toilets. They just take a little getting used too. The most important thing is not to fall in. This seems self evident, but when the floor is slippery it is easy to do. You can get a nasty cut to your foot if you slip and the porcelain breaks along the rim. Carry on reading.
If anyone has been to India, undoubtedly this is a question that we have all found ourselves asking. Luckily, while visiting a bar in Kovalum, Kerala, they had the decency to explain this for us layfolk. Now, I have been to India three times and this is still something of a mystery for me (note: I admittedly cruised around with a nice wad of toilet paper in my pocket or day pack). I hope that this happy little illustration can clarify the matter. Enjoy. Carry on reading.
A squat toilet is a toilet used by squatting, rather than sitting. There are several types of squat toilets, but they all consist essentially of a hole in the ground. The only exception is a "pedestal" squat toilet (pictured here), which is the same height as a standard western toilet. Carry on reading.
Indian code of toilets: 1500 BC: Code for married people: An elaborate drill for defecation is prescribed in the most respected Aryan scripture - "Manusmriti Vishnupuran" written in the Sanskrit Language. Before going to the toilet the scripture prescribes elaborate drill. Before going for defecation one was to chant the following mantras. Carry on reading.
Now don't tell anyone because it is a little embarrassing, but I secretly like Indian squat toilets. Now come on, not the nasty ones you find in a railway station that have urine and excrement all over them, and not the ones that you might find in a curry house- for obvious reasons. Carry on reading.
Avoid colon cancer: start squatting. Oncologists have observed that 80% of colon cancers occur in the caecum and the sigmoid colon, the two areas that are not fully evacuated in the sitting posture. This causes fecal stagnation and probably explains why colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In traditional Asian and African cultures where squatting is the norm, colon cancer is virtually unknown! CARRY ON READING
How to use the Indian toilet for the first time foreigner in India
If you can't slide you pants to the knees and sit, then take your pants off and hang it on a clip or the hook most usually found on the back of the door.
Remember it can be slippery and mishaps do happen.
Crouch down and sit down in a squatting position (if you feel uneasy, try to remember the health benefits of squatting)
Squat to your hearts content.
After doing it open the tap and fill the bucket with water. Take a jug usually located nearby and fill it with water.
Clean your back-side with your left palm by pouring water in it and then rubbing gently where the sun doesn't shine. For the left handed foreigner use the right hand. Most Indian type squats contain a flush usually hooked to the wall so get up and pull the chain or the lever with the clean hand.
The most important step. Walk to the basin and wash your hands with soap or any detergent you can find. In most cases it's usually a soap called "lifebuoy" made by a British company called Unilever. Most Indians use this soap for cleaning their hands after pooing. It's supposed to be great in getting rid of germs and bacteria.
Once the hand is washed a minimum of 2 to 3 times, the hand is clean and you can take your pants off the hook and put it on.
Walk out the door feeling great and content.
For the ladies
Although it must be said, for the ladies when urinating, it can be a little messy or can get wet if the right position is not achieved. It is possible to operate the squat toilets by simply drawing down the lower garments slightly under the knees. Many try to remove or completely undress from the waist to avoid accidents; there is really no need. Simply, the garments could be pulled down to the ankle area. However, if ones feels comfortable by undressing to achieve the squat position in this fashion, then it's a different story.
But the main thing is not to fall into it and feel relaxed and you will get the hang of it quickly and may even enjoy it. You may never want to put your bottom on a western style toilet again. Have you ever found yourself caught short of a bathroom and had to go behind a bush? It's precisely the identical technique.