Things to Avoid When Living in India

Things to Avoid When Living in India

India is a unique country with diverse culture and rich history. While visiting or staying in India for the first time, come prepared to soak in the myriad of cultures, languages, food, traditional attires and festivities. You will come across unfamiliar sights, sounds, and tastes like never before. India has a lot to offer ranging from festive markets, street food, handicrafts, temple and history tours to name a few

Avoid Street food in the first few days

Although Indian food is quite tempting and delicious, it is highly recommended that you avoid eating street food especially in the first few days after you arrive in India. Roadside food stalls can be unhygienic or can cause serious stomach problems. Most roadside food stalls use a lot of spices in their dishes. If you are not used to eating spicy food, then it will affect your health and you will end up having an upset stomach. However, it is perfectly safe to eat in a proper restaurant.  

Avoid drinking tap water

Tap water is not meant for drinking in India. Always drink bottled water or filtered water in India. Most homes in India are equipped with water filters to provide safe drinking water. If you do not have a water filter, get one installed. Drinking tap water in India can cause serious health problems such as diarrhea etc. While traveling, always carry a steel water bottle and carry your own water. In a restaurant, ask for bottled water and avoid drinking tap water.

Do not address elders by name

In India, one’s elders are never addressed by their names. Indian communities are very close-knit and elders are always treated with respect. One of the ways to show your respect is avoiding to address them by their names. You can either use Mr. or Mrs. before their names or address them using the appropriate titles used for brother, sister, uncle, or auntie. If you are unsure how you should address an elder, you can ask for someone’s help to guide you. Alternatively, you can also do research online to know more about Indian culture and customs.

Avoid religious conversations

India is a highly diverse and secular country and you will find people from different religious and cultural backgrounds living here. It is important that you do not offend anyone by making an insensitive comment about their religious beliefs. There are almost six practicing religions in India and each community has its own customs and beliefs. Striking up a conversation about a particular religion or religious practice sometimes leads to heated arguments and debate that can hurt a person or a group’s feelings. Therefore, avoiding such conversations is a smart decision.

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Do not leave your belongings unattended

Like most countries, it is unsafe to leave your belongings unattended. You should always keep an eye on your belongings while traveling by bus, train, or metro. If you are in a crowded area you must be extra vigilant about your belongings. Avoid carrying original documents such as passports, ID proofs, etc. if you dont need to. India is one of the most populated countries in the world and if your things get stolen, it is almost impossible to find the responsible parties.

Living in India can be a challenging, yet life-changing experience. The diversity in culture, language, and food can have a deep impact on your life. It can be an overwhelming experience but by avoiding the things mentioned in this article, you can have a smooth and relatively stress-free stay in India.

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