INDIAN CUSTOMS AND TID-BITS

  • FASHION POLICE WERE OUT IN FULL FORCE WHERE GLORIA (WEARING A TRADITIONAL INDIAN DRESS) AND MARTA (WEARING A TRADITIONAL SILK SARI) HIT THE STREET
  • YOU ARE NOT A DRIVER IN INDIA UNLESS YOU HONK–“GOOD BRAKES, GOOD HORN, GOOD LUCK”
  • LEMONADE TASTES GOOD WITH PEPPER AND OTHER SPICES
  • A SLIGHT TILT OF THE HEAD IN INDIA MEANS, “YES, NO, OR MAYBE” SO WE HAVE BEEN TILTING OUR HEADS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TRIP:)
  • A WOMAN WITH TATOOS ON HER ARMS IN GUJARAT INDICATES WHETHER SHE IS SINGLE, MARRIED AND HER NUMBER OF CHILDREN
  • “DO NOT ENTER” MEANS THE SAME THING IN INDIA AS IT DOES IN AMERICA EXCEPT IT IS IN HINDI  (WE SAW THIS SIGN IN A HOTEL AND DECIDED TO FORAGE ONWARD, ENDING UP IN A RESTAURANT KITCHEN WHERE WE WERE ABRUPTLY ESCORTED OUT)
  • WHEN ASKED IF YOU WOULD LIKE A REFRESHMENT, THE ANSWER SHOULD ALWAYS BE YES!
  • WHEN WE SAY, “WE’RE GOOD”, WE GET TWO MORE OF WHATEVER WE ARE DRINKING OR EATING
  • WHEN COMING INTO SOMEONE’S HOME WITH A NEW BABY, MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM A GIFT OR RUPEES FOR A BLESSING ON THE BABY.
  • DO NOT DRINK A SIP BEFORE YOUR HOST PARTAKES
  • TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES ENTERING A HOME OR TEMPLE, EVEN IF THE TILES ARE SO HOT THEY BURN YOUR FEET!
  • TOILET PAPER IS A COMMODITY, BUT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE “SPRAYER.”
  • 1.2 BILLION PEOPLE IS MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER IMAGINE UNTIL YOU HAVE LIVED IT
  • POUR YOUR TEA INTO ITS SAUCER IF YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR TEA OR COOL IT OFF QUICKLY
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