You need to be prepared if you’re going to travel in countries they don’t have the modern facilities we are accustomed to. The indian toilet has been around for ages. However, some might still not know how to use it. There is a solution for everything: lack of water, lack of toilet paper and even a little trick to set the mood. Better safe than sorry!
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Posted by Peter | April 18th, 2008 9:05 am
“Modern” my ass. The squat toilets are much better than Western style toilets once you get used to them. I prefer toilet paper to the water personally, but I’ve seen arguments both ways. Squatting, on the other hand, is better. It makes it easier to take a dump. You expel more. Constipation is less of an issue. It’s more hygienic.
Indeed, you see squat toilets in very modern parts of India. You can go into a skyscraper or a high-tech Western company, and they’ll provide toilets of both kinds — Western and Eastern. China, on the other hand, is trying to force out Eastern-style toilets.
Posted by Some Guy | April 18th, 2008 9:28 am
True true! Love the squat! It lines everything up and makes the whole process much easier and complete.
Posted by mr. poop | April 18th, 2008 9:53 am
they have these in italy too! a joy to use I say!
Posted by Yikes | April 18th, 2008 9:59 am
Yikes! I have back pain so this would be quite painful! The drawing is kinda funny – hum a tune indeed
Posted by youareanidiot | April 18th, 2008 10:03 am
I second “modern my ass”
Posted by Bogdan | April 18th, 2008 10:06 am
These are present in 50% of the countryside. At least in Eastern Europe anyways. I’m afraid to use them cause something might splash around.
Posted by K | April 18th, 2008 10:16 am
“Empty it forcefully towards your bottom”. Is a few splashes of water supposed to clean it up? I don’t think so, and I don’t think this is good hygiene. However, I might agree that the squatting position is better for ‘getting the job done’.
Posted by L3xical | April 18th, 2008 10:18 am
When I was 5, I tried taking a crap squatting down, and I crapped down the back of my shoes.
Posted by asian squatter | April 18th, 2008 10:41 am
Ever since I was young I crapped using a squatting style, even on the Eastern style toilets, but then I got older and bigger and I couldnt stand on the Eastern style toilets anymore for fear of breaking them. But it is easier to poop that way, and it is also more hygenic as your cheeks are spread wide apart as opposed to when you are sitting. Your cheeks tend to get squished closed more often then not when sitting. As for “Kon” not thinking its not good hygene to clean by forcefully emptying towards your bottom, I agree. Using your hand on the other hand (pun not intended) with water, should clean you much more efficiently then toilet paper, also this gives you extra reason to wash your hands after going to the bathroom. This style of cleaning has the same principle as a Bidet but without all the fancy water pressure. I prefer the water cleaning as it does clean your ass a whole lot better then toilet paper, and for people with the shits you dont have to worry about wiping ur ass raw with toilet paper, as your hand and water is a lot softer then toilet paper but some people have a problem touching their dirty butts and also with wet butts “swamp ass” as my friend calls it.
Posted by experienced | April 18th, 2008 10:46 am
Well, it is better for our anatomy, but u have to bear with the stench, and no way u can read anything coz u have to keep a hand free to hose down the occasional dangler…
then your knees start paining and u need the occasional stand up..
and when i come across ‘western’ commodes in third-world countries I dont dare sit on them…I stand over it and take aim when I get the feelin’
Posted by JT | April 18th, 2008 1:06 pm
Is that a Honda Logo on the back there?
Posted by foo | April 18th, 2008 1:30 pm
What if you can’t squat like 99.9% of Americans?
What do you do with your pants?
Posted by Timothy B | April 18th, 2008 3:29 pm
Remember. Everybody poops!
Posted by Reda | April 19th, 2008 1:41 am
Water is always better than washing your anus than a paper smear. Eastern hygiene rules. Any of you guys ever use a bidet? Strange to see a French word for so eastern a contraption.
Posted by roland | April 19th, 2008 4:38 pm
Look. it ain’t indian, neither italian, neither turkish. It is the way people used to shit before they decided that sitting instead of squatting was more comfortable.
I grew up with this style until we upgraded in the 90’s. Anyways, this method is a very efficient way to ***, because you can’t read in that position!
Posted by Ryan | April 19th, 2008 9:17 pm
Luckily Indian foods waste product is usually in a liquid type consistency.
Posted by Velvet Cushion | April 20th, 2008 3:15 am
This is similar to the Turkish toilet, look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squat_toilet
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Posted by TheOldMule | April 25th, 2008 10:00 pm
Just 2 and a half years ago I travelled around Belgium and France – to my horror I found these toilets that went out of fashion 30 plus years ago in South Africa!
If you have a bad back or rubbisg knees – man you have a problem!
And as one wrote above – mind the back of your pants and or shoes!
It may be good for the “system” – but(t) for me I’m a lot happier with a “cistern”!
(You can still hum a tune on our modern loos too!!).
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Posted by mister | April 27th, 2008 5:25 pm
Soo… I guess you would have to completely remove your pants for this contraption? Or you would probably shit your pants in a very deliberate way?
And also throwing water at my arsehole in that position… Not sure that all that water with shit in it would end up in the whole…
And oh – while you’re down there, don’t loose your balance! That would be messy.
I guess these are all beginners problems, but i recomend you try out the western version with a magazine, and you’ll quickly get used to that as well
Posted by June | May 28th, 2008 12:19 pm
Hey! I’m from India and i must say that these toilets are basically prevailent only for poor people and for villagers. These instructions are a little wrong cas you’re supposed to spash water on ur butt but use your hand to clean it. Yeah, that is pretty gross. Alternatively, you can also use toilet paper and then splash ur butt with water.
Posted by Cory Fitzsimmons | June 13th, 2008 8:30 pm
How the hell do you expect us to read magazines on that thing?
Posted by NEHA | June 25th, 2008 12:35 pm
only splashing water will not work,must use hand or fingers to clean it
Posted by Adviser | July 31st, 2008 8:19 am
Posted by Gill | July 31st, 2008 8:23 am
You are right ‘Mr. Advisor’ It’s as easy as using your tooth brush and less than drving a car.
Posted by Edgar von Strunk | August 24th, 2008 3:07 am
This is why we can’t have nice things.
Posted by Dood | October 9th, 2008 3:17 pm
Tell you what, for lean ppl this stuff is awesome. It’s islamic too. There’s a lot more detail to it, as in placing and holding your left hand towards the left side of the intestines before sitting. Leaning weight towards the left too.
Try that and you’ll get done with a lot faster than what’d take you on the european style one….
Posted by gina dentata | October 13th, 2008 12:10 pm
That looks like a fairly clean toilet, but I’ll wager the majority of public bogs aren’t that immaculate. And I don’t see any instructions about washing ones hands. I’ll take constipation, and piles over dysentery, cholera, e coli, and god-only-knows what waterborne diseases are precipitated by the abysmal plumbing and sanitation in India and other like countries. And the standing water in the bucket: bet it’s full of mosquito larvae in the tropics…gotta love the malaria. How about soap and hot water? The people who prepare your food in restaurants and hotels use those things, wipe their asses with their fingers and don’t wash their hands properly; do you need to ask why you end up with the Hershey squirts when you travel?
Posted by Mr Glinback | April 30th, 2009 10:37 pm
Hey everybodyâ€¦ just had to tell you about my recent experience over in India. Now I didnâ€™t want to look like I just fell off the turnip truck in a strange and mysterious land, so I hunkered down like a good lad and did my homework first. Of course the biggest thing I prepared for was the situation with public restrooms. Thankfully Iâ€™m a big strapping farm boy from the corn country of Indiana, so I was no stranger toâ€¦ will letâ€™s just say less sophisticated ways of getting rid of your poop. I mean Iâ€™ve gone out in the fields while farming, in the woods while hunting and even on my neighborâ€™s lawn (little dispute I had that centered on his dog and my lawn). In any case, you get the picture. I was ready for this adventure.
So I found myself in India, forging through a crowded street under the blazing hot sun. I was proud to represent our fine country, the goodâ€™ol U.S. of A, walking with chest and chin held high when a sudden twinge from the bowels of hell alerted me to the fact that I wasnâ€™t going to make it back to my hotel. Luckily the locals were friendly and anxious to help me out. I crimped over to one kind soul and he pointed toward his cinderblock home off to the side of the road. What can I say â€“ I eagerly accepted and ran over. I shoved the makeshift door open and saw the open pit in a small room to the right.
Thatâ€™s right! An open pit. Nothing more than a hole dug in the bare earth. But like I said, I had done my homework and after all, I was a big, old strapping farm boy from Indiana. So I threw open my pants and squatted with an urgency that was just quick enough. Whatever I ate the night before blew out of my ass like notes from a horn in a Dixie Land parade. And I have to say that for a brief moment I had one of the most enjoyable and relaxing moments of my life. I felt the cool, damp air flow up from the pit and wash over me like a gentle caressing hand. The entirety of the moment was so natural that it simply felt right. And contrary to what I had prepared myself for â€“ there was no offensive smell in the room other than what spewed with volcanic force from my own backside.
But as I said, that was only for a brief moment. It ended abruptly when a middle-aged woman (who I assume to be the manâ€™s wife) walked into the room with a hand spun water vase tied to the end of a rope. By the look on her face, I quickly realized that I was not in their bathroom.
Posted by Curious | July 25th, 2009 12:26 am
did u mean it is a well, Mr. Glinback?
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