Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A couple of interesting cultural nuances.




India has unbelievable tea people are constantly breaking for tea. Tea is here is called Chai. You know the stuff Starbucks sells? That is the Hindi pronunciation from northern India. Here in Bengal Chai pronounced Cha. Chai just means tea. So just remember next time when you order a chai tea that your ordering tea tea. Kinda silly right? There are many types of tea and west Bengal is famous for it. Don’t worry I will bring back some.

People sleep in the streets but it doesn’t mean they are “homeless”. Many of the working class sleep in the street or on top of their taxis.

Men keep their distance from women. There is a women’s bench in public transportation.

Women don’t smoke in public because they are regarded as the mother.

People are not to smoke in front of elders it is seen as a sign of disrespect.

It is rude to point your feet in the direction of elders.

Men are more timid then women in this culture and in fact the woman takes care of the household and all the bills usually. She also is the one to yell at the plumber if he isn’t doing his job.

It isn’t rude to stare here. It’s curiosity. When people crowd around us and stare we call it the circus.

Men shouldn’t wear shorts in public because it is considered a boyish thing to do.

It is disrespectful to not finish your food here. Food is eaten with your hands. Make sure you eat with your right hand because here in India people don’t usually use toilet paper and instead they use their left hand and a bucket of water.

2 Comments:

Blogger Thomas Lane said...

What an adventure. I can hardly wait to see your pictures.

Uncle Tom

10:53 AM  
Blogger louisd said...

I have been following your blog entries. Very interesting, but I will not be shaking your hand very soon.

7:41 AM  

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