People cross oceans to settle for a life that is much better than the one they are living currently. No matter how difficult it is, but the craze for living the American dream never seems to fade. Indians head overseas to make the most of the opportunities though at heart they always remain connected to their roots. Here are the things which you can do only in India and nowhere else!
1. JugaadUndoubtedly this tops the list. It’s only us Indians who can adjust and manage in unimaginable ways. Sometimes it’s fascinating to see what all innovative ideas one can come up with just for the jugaad system.
2. Measuring The Distance In TimeSay someone is travelling somewhere and you ask her/him, how far the place is. The typical replies are 10 mins or half an hour. For farther places, the reply goes 2 days by train or 5 hours by flight. But, never do we ever tell the actual distance!
3. Go For An Arranged MarriageEven today majority of Indians prefer to marry the person selected by their parents. They even make the relationship work successfully not out of force but by genuinely enjoying each other’s company.
4. Eating Spicy Food With EaseSometimes we get so used to the spices that when something is cooked the healthy way we feel that it’s bland though it’s actually not.
5. What Is A Zebra Crossing?We will get looks if we actually wait for the pedestrian signal to turn green so that we can cross a road. Though some major cities have started adopting the correct way to cross roads but, most of the other cities have people crossing a busy street by dashing across it.
6. Living With Parents For As Long As You LikeUsually in the west, grown up children are looked down upon if they continue to live with their parents. They are expected to move out after they are capable enough to make their own living. But, it’s the other way round in India. You are well mannered and cultured if you choose to stay with your parents.
7. Public Holidays And Festivals GaloreNobody can ever understand our disappointment when we realize a major holiday falls on a weekend. The number of holidays let us learn about every random festival that is celebrated across the country.
8. Window Shop At Malls And Do The Actual Shopping At Roadside ShopsWe still prefer buying clothes or other major necessities from small retail shops because of having known the shopkeeper personally or for the unique designs. But, we do visit malls just to look at things.
9. BargainingWe always feel we can get things for a cheaper price. So no matter how less the actual MRP of an item is we still make it a point to bargain. Anything to save a couple of bucks here and there.
10. Extremely Good Rapport With NeighboursOur neighbours are our go to persons for almost everything from a few vegetables to cutlery to sometimes sharing important information. Infact, we tend to know a lot about our neighbours too such as their family members and even sometimes their long distance relatives.
11. Learning Things By HeartEnough has been said about the Indian education system but, still nothing seems to be done about it. Rote learning is common among students. Securing higher scores is considered to be more important than conceptual clarity. We are the masters in blindly learning anything important often without understanding.
12. Fit In Everyone Though The Space Is Not Meant For SoA bus with the capacity of 50 often carries 3 times more passengers. It’s quite a common sight in India. There is never space constraint for us. Remember we are masters in making adjustments.
13. We Never Throw Away ClothesIn every family clothes are kept for generations. Every younger sibling definitely wears the clothes of their elder sibling. Don’t be surprised when you find out that your mom has stocked up a set of clothes for your next generation too.
14. Playing Gully CricketAlmost all of us are aware of the basic rules of cricket even though it’s not our national game. It’s a story of every other road in the country to find children playing gully cricket with plastic bats, balls and using bricks as the stumps.
Maybe it is doing these things comfortably in India that makes some people return back after having spent a considerable time in a foreign land.