What may be everyday practice to a local can be seen as utterly bizarre or comical to a foreigner. Taken from my journal, I compiled a short list of observations from an outsider while visiting India in 2011. Now, I share it with you:
Men pee on every wall and any wall in public.
Cows chill in the medians of roads- even during hectic rush hour–seemingly content.
Women are very symmetrical with their jewelry. Exactly the same bangles are worn on each arm, same toe ring on the same toe of each foot and matching anklets.
No one uses toilet paper.
Camels and elephants are just other normal means of transportation.
Families routinely eat dinner as late as 11pm, depending on the day’s activities. My host family typically eats between 9 and 10.
Belly showing when wearing a sari = normal. Clothing revealing your shoulders = improper.
It’s not only accepted, but encouraged to throw all unwanted trash out the window while in a moving vehicle.
Recorded: March 24, 2011 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.