Like any other culture or society Indians exist with their special traditions, customs, habits and lifestyle through the unique behavioral traits they display and by doing things a little differently than the rest of the world. And now things are so obvious that everyone knows about these 15 weird things us Indians do that drives the rest of the world crazy.
You know you are a true blue Indian if:
1. “You use the same expression to convert the following emotions – yes / no / maybe / perhaps / ok / thanks / sure / not sure / why not / agree flash disagree – and that is of course the famous Indian head bobble”.
The first time I realized this was when I asked my mother if I could go out with my friends and she nodded in this weird way and it was so difficult for me to understand whether she was allowing me to go or she was being sarcastic like “you dare go”. And then obviously I started getting ready and then she was all like “where are you going?”. Ugh! It’s all so confusing.
2. “Your parents tell you not to care what your friends think, but they won’t let you do certain things because of the other uncles and aunties.”
This is the most common thing we go through as an Indian child every day. And the worst thing about this is when you try to question them, they accuse you of being arrogant.
3. “You stare at couples, girls, boys, uncles, aunties, Indians, foreigners with a gaze that can put an x-ray machine to Shame and you conveniently shrug it off believing that you are just a good observer (and not a creep or a pervert).”
This is extremely shameful but we have to accept it. I mean come on, we have been on both the sides. We had people staring at us and we did the same with some.
4.“You carry a stash of your own food when you travel and traveling means any car ride longer than 15 minutes.”
The funniest thing about this is even if you don’t want to carry your stash of food your mother is going to give it to you so that you don’t eat “bahar ka khana” (because according to your her it gives you diarrhea and then you become a pain in her “azz”).
5. “No matter how sad or grumpy you maybe, your mood is instantly lifted up at the sound of these three words ; treat, cricket, end of season sale”
This is true. We Indians are weird in our own ways these 3 thing make us incredibly happy. I mean come on who doesn’t like free ka stuff!
6. “You cannot stop crying on the following occasions; when you are happy, when you are sad, when you are chopping onions, while watching soap operas; at marriage ceremonies no matter who’s, while gulping your glass of mint water, you ordered along with your golgappas”
This is so true, we cry when we are happy, we cry when we are sad, we cry when we are chopping onions and the funniest of all is crying watching soap opera like being so empathetic. And come on, I don’t even know who you are but I am sure that I am going to cry at your wedding and last but not the least this is one thing that we enjoy even though we cry..”golgappas” (they are life).
7.“You can only travel if there are 5 people at least to see you off or receive you whether you are travelling by bus, train or airplane”.
Its like a ritual to us, like it is not even possible to enter the airport alone, the whole khandan has to be there, to welcome you and insult you at the same time, to finish all kinds of conversation at that moment itself.
8. “You do not take off your plastic seat covers from your new car the whole year and if possible not even after that”
I believe that’s fine because no matter what we say, we Indians are very excited about everything so we have to take care that our new seats don’t get dirty while we are eating aloo chaat in our new car. D-uh!
9.”You enquire rates and prices of 80% off display products in the window not because you intend to make a purchase but to make sure that you are updated on all the current rates and market prices”
Who doesn’t want to do that? Is it a problem that we like staying updated with everything?!
10.“You make an excuse of being stuck in traffic for arriving late even when you live around the corner and have walked down.”
I don’t want to say anything about this. Just the fact that it is true, believe me or not we won’t stop doing this, this is inbuilt.
11. “It is embarrassing if your wedding has less than 600 people.”
Don’t even get me started on this. It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what you want, it just doesn’t matter. Even if you don’t have people you will need to hire them to come to your wedding so that “khandan ki naak na kate”.
12.“You come back home from a continental dinner, realise that you are still hungry and check the refrigerator for leftover dal chawal and finally settle for some good old Maggi”
This is my favourite, no one in the world has ever felt this more than I did because I am a kind of a person who just doesn’t eat in weddings or parties (my mother hates that because of course ” we Indians never leave free ka khana”) and whenever I go home I beg her to give me food and she is always like ” I am not taking you to any party ever again”. And then I end up eating Maggi.
13.“You secretly apply coconut oil in your hair after bath and claim it to be the new gel wax you brought from the super expensive branded Store over the weekend”.
Believe it or not but I have several friends who do the same. I mean guys it is just so obvious but honestly no expensive gel can overtake the power of coconut oil. If you don’t trust me try it yourself.
14.“Whenever you had relatives sleeping over your house, you would often sleep on the floor or on a foam mattress.”
We Indians are familiar with the concept of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ and therefore it is our responsibility to make our guests comfortable. But to be very honest it gets very uncomfortable for us to sleep like that but we cannot do anything about it else parents are going to yell at us for no reason again.
15.“Everything you eat is flavored with garlic, onion and tomatoes.”
I mean obviously, our food is amazing when it comes to the taste. You just can not unlike the food when you taste those three things. That is our specialty and we are proud of it.
Last but not the least I know a lot of things in this article are very stereotypical about being an Indian.
So, being an Indian myself I would like to say that it’s absolutely fine. People stereotype a lot. No matter what you do people are going to say a lot of things and they are going to force those things on you. So knowing all these facts why not just have fun with it.