Dos and Don'ts in India
First Online: January 01, 2008
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017
- Indians welcome and love foreigners behaving like Indians. So do
wear Indian outfits, the bindi, and Indian greetings.
- Do learn and use at least some Indian words and expressions. Indians
are inherently diverse and will readily forgive any mistakes.
- Don't hurt a cow while driving or otherwise. Typically the cow
belongs to someone and the offense is same as hurting someone else's
pet. Further many Hindus consider the cows as holy, and are offended
even if the cow doesn't belong to them.
- Do not give money to pan-handlers. Indians have been trying to get
rid of the begging profession. The best way to avoid beggers is
to ignore them or give them a stern "NO" nod.
- Don't ask if your acquaintance knows English. If they know, they are
offended that you asked; if they don't know, they do not want to admit
- Don't look for hunting opportunities. Killing of wildlife can get
you in serious trouble.