The world’s talking about India, but how much of it is really true? Indians are faced with some funny and downright silly stereotypes, and most of them are baseless. India is dynamic, it’s changing, it’s revolutionizing, and perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that a lot of these stereotypes are outdated.
Not all Indian food is spicy
“Indian Food” is an imaginary term; there isn’t any one accepted cuisine in the country. India is a vast and diverse country, and every region has its own staple diet. And no, not all of it is spicy. The taste of food varies from sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, savory and whatnot. We promise you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Not all Indian marriages are arranged marriages
While it may have been the norm a lifetime ago, things are very different now. Even though arranged marriages are still popular, a lot of people in India are broadening their mind to the concept of love marriages.
Another raging trend seems to be the idea of “arranged love marriages”, wherein youngsters are allowed to choose and get to know their partners, and then their parents “arrange” the match formally. We sure are a unique bunch.
You won’t return to your country with explosive diarrhoea
Contrary to popular belief, not all street side food is going to give you food poisoning. In fact, most stall owners make it a point to wear gloves, use clean water and adopt other sanitary practices, you just need to know where to look.
Most Indians don’t live in massive havelis as a part of a huge joint family
Disregard whatever views you may have adopted by watching Hindi soap operas. The concept of joint family is fast disappearing and nuclear families are the new in thing. Most of young guns prefer to move out and live on their own terms.
We aren’t as conservative as you think
India has the world’s largest population of youth. We are all set to become the youngest country in the world by 2020, and the new Indian is far more open minded and receptive to change than its predecessors. We are slowly becoming more accepting of all that deviates from the norms that have existed in our country for centuries. Hold on tight, there’s a big change ‘a coming.
We aren’t misers
Have you ever seen an Indian wedding? Every culture in India has its own wedding customs but one thing common to all of them is that they are lavish. It’s not just that, though. We never spare an expense when it comes to keeping our guests comfortable, our functions are grand, our rituals are elaborate and expensive, and our tips are generous.
Not all Indian films are mindless singing and dancing
India’s film industry has produced some spectacular, thought-provoking films. Taare Zameen Par, Swades, Udaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 idiots, Masaan and Queen, just to name a few.
Not every Indian student wants to be a doctor or an engineer
India has produced some of the world’s best artists, authors, singers, film makers, entrepreneurs, scientists and whatnot. It’s about time that this stereotype is put to rest.
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