What are some things foreigners believe about India but Indians know are laughably way off?
Ashwini Meena, Made in India
1) Greek : Is Ganesh Chaturthi Gandhi's birthday ? (Errr)
2) Nigerian: Is Rahul Gandhi Gandhiji's great grandson? (This confusion is quite understandable)
3) Italian: Wow, you have Indian passports? I thought all of you have Brit passports. (This was heights)
4) Brit: In Modern history, when you celebrate Independence day, I think I have a fair idea but can you clarify - whom did you actually get independence from?
P.S.: I have made up by asking my share of crazy questions.
Edit: Adding some questions that I have asked .
1) Me to Nigerian: Have you eaten crocodile meat?
2) Me to Australian : Does everyone in the Aussie land know to swim?
Priyanthika Adinamozhi, Tamil
I have lived in foreign lands for 15 years, here are a few questions a lot of foreigners ask me (no offense to anyone, I love being an international citizen):
My answer: I am mentally prepared to punch you if you choose to ask me that question again
My answer: I own 13 holy cows
My answer: Multitasking is the key to success/ ancestors of X-men mate.
My answer: You are confined to your close-minded beliefs of Indian career choices and I shall simply walk away before I am intoxicated by this negative energy.
My answer: The cutting of my hair is probably more interesting than your current status of life hence I shall reply no, I do not as I am to be Pantene's next growth shampoo model.
My answer: *facepalm* and walks away contemplating on world intellectual status.
Ricky S, lives in India
How can you forget this? India is a Rapist country, just count the number of ‘rape’in any Indian related news in BBC documentary or any British news, India is the Rape capital of the World.
Lets see where you’ve most chance of being raped.
Ironically UNITED KINGDOM, and many Western countries who thinks INDIA is a rapist country, have much much higher RAPE rate than INDIA.
You have 6 times more chance of being raped in Bangladesh than in India, yet many Bangladeshis think India is a rapist country.
You have 9 times more chance of being raped in France than in India. Yet, France is the romance capital of the world and India is rape capital.
You have 15 times more chances of being raped in USA than in India.
You have 74 times more chances of being raped in South Africa than you are in India.
Stats are pretty amazing, couldn’t add Pakistan but both India and Pakistan have same rape rates of 1.8 and 1.7, earlier Pakistan had more rape rate than India.
Now the country (United Kingdom) and BBC which always claims India is a rapist country have rape rate of 19.1, yet they call India a rapist country.
India is ranked 94th out of 118 countries surveyed, YET, INDIA IS THE RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
Here’s Other side of the Coin…
Most Rape Cases Reported In India Are FALSE. Here Are Some Shocking Statistics.
Out of the 583 rape cases reported in Delhi in 2013, only 12 were true. Shocked? If you think India is the rape capital of the world, here is a video by Teen Pathar that will change your perception about your own country. Yes, women safety is one of the biggest issues plaguing the nation. Yes, we need to do whatever can be done to ensure that the women in this country don't have to think twice before stepping out. But, in our fight for a safer nation, we've oppressed our women even more, pushing them into a bubble of fear. India isn't as unsafe as the media portrays it to be. It is time we stop being so scared all the time and instead encourage our women to live freely, step out when they want to, wear what they feel like. Sensationalizing rapes in India is clearly not going to help. Let's focus on how to deal with them.
Chinmayee Raj, Indian passport holder
They believe Slumdog Millionaire is what entire India is. This is a painfully funny joke.
These are the few questions I have got from non-Indians that I have met.
Yeah, every girl and guy on the eve of turning 18 years old has to swear an allegiance to Queen Elizabeth in an oath taking ceremony. The main food is just curry, and then we are married off to the family owning the most cows. Deal with it.
Parimal Paritosh, Head Content Writer (2017-present)
We smell like curry.
2.We randomly start dancing on the streets as shown in the Bollywood movies.
3.Slums, slums everywhere.
4. You can see sages levitating in Haridwar and Varanasi.
5. Each and every one of us know how to charm snakes.
6. 100% of Indians understand and speak ‘Indian’ (the substitute for Hindi in the vocabulary of Europeans and Americans)
7.All Indian men are misogynists and potential rapists.
8.Indian women aren’t allowed to leave their houses alone.
9. All Indians are brown.
10. All of us like spicy food.
11. All of us can provide technical support.
12. Non-vegetarians don’t exist in India.
13. Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri lankans, Myanmaris, Nepalese and Bhutanese are all Indians.
14. We travel on cows because cars don’t exist in India. And Fly on Carpets!
15. Indian Cinema is just Bollywood.
16. Every Indian household is a joint family living in a village.
17. It’s hot and humid everywhere all the time in India.
18. Every Indian speaks in heavy accent.
19. India is Taj Mahal and Taj Mahal is India.
20. Indians wobble their head like retards.
Sajitha Manangottu, I am from India
I interact quite a bit with people in the United States as part of my work and have spent enough time there to understand that at least some of them think of us as people from that far, weird and colorful place. This is purely from that stand point:
I had a tough time convincing some of them regarding the below:
Desh Raj, Indian.
After a few legs of chicken and some glasses of beer, my Korean professor and I got to talking about how different things were in India and in Korea.
Somehow the topics which started from education came to time zones. Since he had supervised a number of Indian as well as Pakistani students in their masters theses, he was curious about why there was a 30 minute gap in the time zone.
"Raj, tell me something," he said, frowning. "India and Pakistan used to be one country, right? And it's also right above your country. So why do you have different time zones?"
I tried telling him about the difference in longitudes between central India and central Pakistan. I also pointed out that the US spans multiple time zones even though it is a single nation.
But he absolutely refused to listen to logic. "Let me tell you, Raj," he said, "this is because of the animosity and the wars. You can't even share time zones with them anymore."
Needless to mention, I burst into fits of laughter.
Samantha Ryan, Been to India 7 times
Abhishek Maniyar, Just another Indian!
It's been more than a year that I am in Europe (Innsbruck and Rome). I am a student here and my friends are from a wide range of countries. We often have conversations about India and things happening there. So here are some misconceptions they had about India and Indians.
There are many more and I will try to add them as I remember them. It's amazing how we can have weird imaginations about a place we have just heard about and never visited. It's always funny though to clear these misconceptions and tell them that India is a normal country like any other developing country!