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16 April 2015 / leggypeggy

Hey fellas, what do you suppose they’re asking? And how would you answer?

sign for gents toilet

I wonder who decides?

The Mirik Sports Association runs the men’s toilet by the lake in the village of Mirik in West Bengal, India. I suppose they run the women’s too, but I couldn’t find it so can’t share any signage from it.

But the men’s sign says the price, in rupees, varies according to size. I’m still wondering whether the size—short versus long—refers to the time spent, the size of offering or the ‘equipment’.

A fellow traveller reckons he’d declare ‘long’ every time. Never mind the expense! What do you think?

P.S. Five rupees is about 10 Australian cents.

P.P.S. Don’t forget to stop by my cooking blog.


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  1. Curious to the Max / Apr 16 2015 3:03 pm

    The long and short of it is your “fellow traveler” either has too much dispensable income or too little “outcome”.


    • leggypeggy / Apr 16 2015 3:26 pm

      Hahahaha! I’ll pass that on! By the way, I’m not referring to Poor John. 🙂


  2. Sketchpacker / Apr 16 2015 3:33 pm

    Hahahaha! I bet the people who wrote that sign knew exactly the confusion it could cause and got great pleasure from anticipating it


  3. Dorothy / Apr 16 2015 6:11 pm

    I wonder if the long is a long drop toilet and the short is a urinal. Could you not have sent poor John inside to solve this mystery?



    • leggypeggy / Apr 16 2015 6:20 pm

      Brilliant thinking. I should have posted this when we were standing in front of the place. 🙂


  4. jeanettev2014 / Apr 16 2015 8:09 pm

    I thought it might be how much liquid you would get rid of. Then again I like Dorothy’s idea. Yes why did you not send John in?


    • leggypeggy / Apr 17 2015 2:47 am

      I’m still scratching my head and wondering why I didn’t send him in. On the other hand, he is a bit of a cheapskate so probably wouldn’t have wanted to cough up even five rupees for a pee. He’s so pleased with himself that he got a haircut yesterday for 80 cents.


      • jeanettev2014 / Apr 17 2015 5:05 am

        LOL on the 80 cent haircut. Many men would be proud of that low cost! Dorothy must be right.


      • leggypeggy / Apr 17 2015 12:24 pm

        Poor John was so pleased with that price. When he travels he tries to get a haircut for $2 or less.


  5. afterthelasttime / Apr 17 2015 12:10 am

    Just had a morning Chai thinking of you and Poor John.
    I vote length of time as maybe it’s used for clothes changing or they offer showers also?
    Just a guess, still savoring my Chai so a little distracted.


    • leggypeggy / Apr 17 2015 2:47 am

      I think the only showers were if you jumped in the lake. 🙂


  6. thegreyeye / Apr 17 2015 7:40 am

    😛 funny!
    are you enjoying miric? I have been there when I was a kid. Don’t remember much


    • jeanettev2014 / Apr 17 2015 8:55 am

      I lived in Lebanon for 2 years with the Canadian Air force. We lived in the Baalbek mountains. Then we were moved to the refugee camps in 1972? Then we were flown to Cypress . I think I might have met Karen Booth at her restaurant there? Then in 1972? The Olympic disaster happened. I was on the German base at the time waiting the next flight out to Trenton Ontario. It was a tough time. I have to think you have more energy then me Peggy.


      • leggypeggy / Apr 17 2015 11:51 am

        Jeanette, you were in Lebanon in very challenging times. My hubby and I were there in the the later 70s and early 80s. We’re hoping to meet Karen later this year in France. Fingers crossed.


    • leggypeggy / Apr 17 2015 11:48 am

      Mirik was lovely, but we were there for just one afternoon.

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  7. Gary Walker / Apr 17 2015 8:59 am

    I’m somewhere in the middle. How many rupees do I owe?


  8. Sy S. / Apr 18 2015 2:58 am

    I have been Googling since I was curious about the sign… and did see several other similar signs.
    My best guess is that a long toilet is a western style toilet and you can sit on it (if you want to). And a short toilet are the ones that are flat on the ground, to squat down on but not to sit on.


    • leggypeggy / Apr 25 2015 10:47 pm

      Sounds logical to me. In many places, there are western toilets with signs showing that you aren’t to stand on the toilet base or seat (as you would on a squat toilet). Sure wish I’d sent Poor John in to investigate.


  9. Adrián Sánchez / Apr 22 2015 9:36 pm

    You have opened a lovely discussion and make us laugh. Still the mystery remains and the question unanswered 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you Peggy


    • Sy S. / Apr 23 2015 11:51 am

      Hi Adrian, when Googling toilets Western toilets are often referred to as being”long” (high from the floor)…. and the typical squat down toilets in Asia can easily be called “short”… Some poster on this blog was from India and maybe he can shed some light on all this.

      Sy S.


      • leggypeggy / Apr 25 2015 10:48 pm

        Maybe I can get Anand to check it out the next time he’s there.


  10. Nin S. / Apr 26 2015 3:22 pm

    I think it’s about the size of the deposit you put in the loo. The bigger the deposit the longer you are staying….


  11. Ray W / Dec 28 2022 11:49 am

    I think a “Long toilet” is a western toilet and a “Short toilet” is a squat toilet. Or a “Long toilet” is a male toilet and a “Short toilet” is a female toilet, or other way round?

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