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What are the taboo in India?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Alexandoy, May 18, 2017.

  1. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    I have posted this thread because I have heard in one conversation that most Indians (maybe in a particular state) are vegetarians so it is unethical to eat meat in front of them. Another is about their family, don't ask personal matters especially about the wife unless the Indian initiates the topic. Well, things like that, I want to know to have a sort of a guide for the proper manner and behavior of a tourist there.

  2. adrklkol

    adrklkol Member

    Each state has its own culture, so you have to follow in general. I agree, most of the people in this world are turning veggies. Secondly, about wife's question you have to read mind of the person, whom you are asking

  3. iamawriter

    iamawriter Member

    There is no hard and fast rule that one should not eat meat in front of a vegetarian. It could be selective and very few may want it that way. On a lighter note some vegetarians do eat meat but secretly (lol)
    This rule about asking personal questions I think it is universal and not restricted to India alone.
  4. Prits

    Prits Member

    That's a great question! Here's a breakdown of the etiquette points you mentioned and some additional tips for respectful tourism in India:

    Food: You're right, a large percentage of Indians are vegetarian, especially in some states like Gujarat and Rajasthan. It's always polite to be mindful of this. Here's what you can do:

    Ask about vegetarian options: Most restaurants in tourist areas will have vegetarian options. Don't hesitate to ask if you're unsure.

    Respectful dining: If you're invited to someone's home, it's best to avoid bringing up meat or eating it in front of them. You can politely explain your dietary restrictions if needed.

    Personal space: It's true that Indians generally value personal space and privacy more than some cultures. Here's how to navigate this:

    Conversation starters: Ask about their city, festivals, or local recommendations. These are good conversation starters.

    Family matters: Wait for them to bring up family topics. If they don't, it's best to stick to other conversation points.

    Additional tips:

    Dress modestly: When visiting religious places or rural areas, dress modestly by covering your shoulders and knees. This is a sign of respect for the culture.

    Temple etiquette: Remove shoes before entering temples, mosques, or even some homes.

    Greetings: A simple "Namaste" with a slight bow is the traditional greeting in India.

    Respectful bargaining: Bargaining is common in markets, but do so politely and avoid being aggressive.

    Public displays of affection (PDA): Public displays of affection are not as common in India as in some Western countries. It's best to keep them to a minimum.

    By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth and respectful experience while traveling in India. Remember, a smile and a polite approach go a long way!