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A Les Paul for blues and a PRS CU24 for carnatic.
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I dont know. When I visited Barcelona on a business trip I could make out an undercurrent of dissatisfaction among Catalans. The folks I worked with were a mix of local Catalans and Spaniards (I am using these terms merely to distinguish the local population from the rest of the country, not suggesting Catalans are not Spaniards).
We hung out in the evenings and maybe one Sat. At one of the places we visited (I cant remember which) a Catalan in the group remarked "this place is our ground zero " (as in the 9/11 ground zero) but the non-Catalans sort of dismissed the comment. There was a little tension, enough that I thought it would be impolite to probe.
From my brief "research" just post visit (more than 6 years ago) I suspect the tensions may have arisen because Catalan culture was suppressed during the reign of Franco. If I remember right the nationalist govt under Franco wanted to build a unifying national identity for Spain. Interestingly, classes at UPC are conducted in Catalan, Spanish, as well as English.
Hmm...the only reason I tip is because if I dont it makes me look bad.
I would rather that restaurants pay their employees well. I am willing to pay more for my food. but I would like to see the price on the menu. Not have to guess - should I leave X or Y (how was the service?, what should I compare it with ? etc).
In India, several restaurants have started adding a "service charge" (not service tax - that goes to the government) to the bill. This charge varies between 10-15% depending on the restaurant. This is pretty much the tip. It would be easier if that amount is added to the cost they display on the menu card.