Saturday, July 16, 2011

THIS IS INDIA

This is real INDIA...
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Visiting India for the first time can a curtural shock. India is a country with many diversities that makes it different from other countries. There are certain habbits that only Indians have. Here I have listed come of the peculiarities that just stand out in Indians.
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Most of your questions are answered with the infamous Indian head nodding. :-
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The Indian way of communication has always attracted many people around the world. The most confusing gesture or action is nodding the head the other person just gets confused for a yes or a no when an Indian shakes his/ her head. It is not that difficult for Indians to understand but is very confusing for foreigners.
So what does that nodding means ??
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Well the meaning is as different as the situation. The nodding sometime means a Yes and sometime a No. But in most of the cases it is a positive (affirmative) gesture. It is a silent way of saying Yes or Okay or Good or I understand ( achha in Hindi).
When you pay a rikshawala or the shopkeeper and they nod their head, it means a Thank You.
If a stranger just smiles and nods his head when he looks at you, take it as a friendly and a kind gesture. For example if you sit next to a stranger in public place like a bench in the park or on a bus seat and the Indian just passed a smile with a head shake,that is a friendly sign. This Head nodding breaks all the cultural and language barriers between two people and unites them. It is a case of -actions speak louder than words
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We can not say No
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The Indian culture does not have a nonverbal way to express no and because it's a community of people who believe hospitality as a sign of respect, that it is hard for Indians to say no. So they work around it.
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For example, if you ask an Indian for directions... he won¡¯t let you know that he does not know the direction you asked for and will not disappoint you. He will find a way to give you some direction for sure. They just want to help you out in any way.
Another situation where an Indian can not say no is when you want to buy a particular thing and you ask the shopkeeper about that product, he will never say no. He will try his level best to give you a substitute is he does not have that product available at his shop.
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For example: You are looking for an navy blue shirt and you ask the shop keeper for one. He looks around and knows the store does not have the color you are looking for but he can not say no or send you without trying to help you. So he shows you a light blue shirt. You shake your head. He then pulls out other shades of blue, but none are really navy blue. Then he starts showing you other colors of the rainbow, none of which even resemble the color you specified. You ask again if they have a NAVY blue shirt...and rather than tell you he does not have it, he will try convincing you that the color you want is all wrong for you and you would look better another color all together. If you still do not get that he does not have it...he will ask you to wait for 5 mins, wherein he will get a boy in the shop or helper to dash off to a nearby store and get you that navy blue shirt and sell it to you. He had go through all that trouble...rather than say no and send you empty handed.
So while the intent and motivation may be good, Indians can go to extremes to avoid saying no and being unkind. Sometimes it is detrimental to themselves and occasionally it is upsetting for the other person. But that's Indian culture for you.

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They speak their own version of English. :
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The English language in India has been localised by the people who use it. It is transformed in a complete new version of English to suit their comfort level. While English is not the first language quite a huge part of the population especially in cities under stand and speak it...at least their version of the language. It is molded and modified to fit into the Indian culture...it often spoken by mixing Hindi and English which is sometimes referred to as speaking Hinglish.
The next time you walk by a McDonalds in India notice their slogan- I'm Lovin' it!. The advertising agency might actually have been taking a playful dig at the Indian tendency to use progressive in static verbs like, I am understanding it. Or they may have just catered to their target audience as this is the way many Indians speak English.
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Indian use a lot of words and phrases, which are not really used in other English speaking countries. If you asked an Indian what their first language is...they will ask you My mother tongue ?. Mother Tongue is the phrase used by Indian to denote the regional language spoken in their native town which could be one of the many languages (there are over 1600 Indian dialects) spoken in India.
The word Hotel when used by an Indian usually refers to a place where they can go and have their food. For them Restaurant and Hotel means the same. When you meet an Indian for the first time, you'll notice a general tendency, he will for sure ask you about your good name and that time you might think .do i have a bad name as well ? Indian also have a habit of making up their own rhyming words to emphasize their point or to denote more.
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For example- They are doing some shooting-vooting! they mean- A movie is being shot there. Adding a rhyming word like-Let us go out for some ice-cream-vice-cream, means- Let us go out for some ice-cream (ice-cream and stuff).
So when in India except to hear the hybrid language or so called Indian English which is not only spoken but you will find funny signs ,hoardings and writings all around you go.

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