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Monday, June 11, 2007

Indian culture and traditions # 1

India is a very hierarchical society. It is classified by the status, gender, religion, caste, region and language etc. Normally people of lower status do not address people of higher status by their name but by respectful pronouns such as “Sir” or “Madam”.

If you’re living outside India, I want to share an incident to help you understand it better. Recently I was attending a meeting of certain faith. During the lunch time, all the participants were eating at a certain place (outside in the open in standing or sitting wherever they could find a place to sit) while the head of the meeting, and the head of the hosts were eating at a dining table inside. I have not seen at this meeting but most of the time even the preparation of the food will be different (specially made).

I grew up attending churches that have two different aisles for men and women and even to this day, we have some churches in India where women and men sit separately.

RN.

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