We often see people cribbing about the number of things they can do abroad and why they love heading overseas. By abroad, we mean the Indian obsession with the US and the UK.
But hey, there are tons of things we Indians can do in India without batting an eyelid! And while some of them are pure cheeky, some are really surprising and interesting!
Cross a busy road:- In India, there’s hardly any concept of a zebra crossing and people might stare at you like you’re out of your mind if you wait for the pedestrian signal to turn green. While not the safest way to cross, an Indian can dash across a busy street any time of the day!
Bargain shamelessly and with ease:- Indians are pros at bargaining. They can bargain for anything, anywhere, anytime!
Live with parents:- People in most other countries move out of their homes the minute they are old enough. In fact, living with parents is generally looked down upon. However, in India, it is generally the other way around. The longer you live with your parents, the more ‘sanskaari’ you are.
Have a distinct term for all relatives:- Indians have a distinct term for all relatives and they are not all ‘maternal/paternal aunts/uncles’ or cousins.
Know the joy of eating with hands:- Indians, except the “modern Indians” in urban India, generally relish all dishes with their hands. They also know the joys of eating sitting down, on the floor and in metal dishes/banana leaves instead of porcelain.
Have the maximum number of festivals and public holidays:- Only Indians know the pain of having a holiday fall on the weekend. And thanks to the huge number of holidays, Indians know about the most random festivals throughout the country, whether they like it or not.
Marry the person your parents have picked out for you:- Arranged marriages are the most popular in India, and Indians still trust their parents to pick out the perfect match for them. They not only get married but even make these relationships work, not forcibly but genuinely enjoying the company of the person they are married to.
Keeping clothes for centuries:-Even before all those Surf Excels, Ariel, and Tides came into the picture, Indian mothers kept clothes for their children’s children. We bet your mom has still kept a couple of your childhood clothes for your kids. Hand-me-downs take on an emotional aspect in India.
Balance shopping between malls and roadside/small retail shops:- For many Indians, malls are still a place for window-shopping and they prefer to shop from the small roadside retail stores. There are thousands of advantages like unique designs, knowing the vendor personally, making friendships, etc.
Ask the neighbour for everything from ‘doodh’ to their son’s homework:-Indians are extremely social and share a great rapport with their neighbours and friends. They work together perfectly and the neighbour is generally the go-to person for every need, whether it’s a little sugar they are falling short of, or tips on dinner, or sometimes even cutlery if guests are coming over!
Jugaad:-Only an Indian can apply jugaad in his daily life for everything!
Know that there is always space for one more:- In an auto or a train or a bus, Indians know that there is never a space constraint. We can fit 250 people in a bus that barely fits 50 in other places.
The concept of ‘missed call’:-Indians uses ‘missed call’ as everything from a message to informing our parents that we reached safely. Missed calls at night from friends or lovers are the highlight in the lives of college students!