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How to Make Friends and Not Alienate People…in India
Here is some fantastic advice for anybody thinking about going traveling in India.
The Republic of India is alive with color, culture, and natural beauty. Find out how to avoid offending the 1.2 billion people who live there (and even make friends) by following cross-cultural guru Dean Foster‘s advice on how to navigate the most populous democracy in the world:
1. Make a good first impression. When meeting someone, it’s always appropriate to say namaste (Hindi for “I honor the spirit within you”) while placing your hands together in the prayer position and nodding slightly. Men may then shake hands with other men, women with other women (employ a “softer” handshake than is common in the West), but many women might not take a man’s hand, and vice versa. If so, just let the namaste suffice. [...]