What is normal in your country but weird in the rest of the world?

INDIA We may know how to speak the native language of another country but we may not necessarily know how to communicate in the native language of our neighboring state. I can speak to my Sri Lankan Tamil teaboy in his native language, but I have to resort to speaking in English to my colleague…

How common are mistresses in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: :: Politically incorrect answer ahead. Proceed with caution :: Though I don’t claim to be an expert in this, I must opine that the mistress-culture is an open-secret in India, and has been so since ages. India is a land where marriages form the very fulcrum of society. Individuals are…

What do you wish was socially acceptable?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Solitude This is something I have had lengthy discussions with my friends about. I have always had people telling me how human beings are social animals, how we are all a part of society, and how society functions as a unit by always being there for each other, and blah…

What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As we all know, India is a land where arranged marriages are still commonplace. And India is also a land where friendships between people of opposite sexes are still heavily scrutinised (by the ‘kindly’ aunties in the family) and subtly discouraged. Choosing your own life partner has become tolerable to…

What are the higher castes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala?

Which castes are seen as higher castes and which are the lowest ones in Tamil Nadu and Kerala? Is he same rule applied in Karnataka and Andhra as well? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I am not too sure about the caste break-up in other states. But I do know a bit about how it…