Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
Thank you for the A2A.
Having lived outside of India for a major chunk of my life so far, I do come across several instances when this phrase inadvertently pops up in my mind ^_^
It doesn’t matter if you’re miles away from home. Come Diwali and it’s not an uncommon sight to see little tea candles arranged neatly on the balcony railing of apartments all over the city. Some brave kids even go up to the terrace and light sparklers 🙂 In places like Dubai, Diwali is celebrated with much more grandeur. Here are a few pics…
Onam will see almost all Malayali ‘clubs’ celebrating it with much gusto…complete with the traditional feast and even a fat man dressed up as Maveli 😀 Celebrations go way late until October or November!
The Local Indian Store
Okay so we have a bevy of international supermarket chains, and yet, the crowd at the Indian store never thins out. People flock the place to buy spices, utensils, puja items and even things they are accustomed to using back home like ammikallu(sil batta), dinner stools, clay pots, etc.
Ask an Indian about his annual vacation plans for the year and the default answer would be ‘India…where else?’ 😀
Personally I find it extremely uncomfortable to think that I’m completely clean if I have only wiped my hands after a meal. It doesn’t matter even if I’m at an expensive 5-Star hotel…I HAVE to wash my hands and mouth after a meal. It’s not surprising to see mostly Indians in the washroom of the food courts at malls, rigorously scrubbing their hands and even their children’s hands. It doesn’t matter if they’ve only had a burger or two.
This is probably because we are auto-tuned to eat with our bare hands and that automatically calls for a full wash once the meal is done. Another die-hard habit.
Soup – One by Two
I’m not going to elaborate here 😀 Every Indian would have understood. No, we never stop doing that 😀 And we don’t feel even an ounce of shame for asking it to be served that way.
Like I always say….YOU CAN TAKE AN INDIAN OUT OF INDIA, BUT YOU CAN NEVER TAKE INDIA OUT OF AN INDIAN.
🙂 🙂 🙂