What Americans Get Wrong About India?


India is the world’s largest democracy and many experts believe it could become the world’s next superpower and after President Obama visited with India’s Prime Minister Modi in January 2015 it looks as though India and America could be at the start of a new beneficial chapter in their relationship as the two nations get closer. It makes me wonder how much you do really know about Indians.


What do we get wrong perhaps is the biggest misconception is what language they speak. Indians don’t speak Indian! As the real name is Hindustan and not India. (Why? bother?)


That’s not even a language majority of people in India actually speak Hindi and English. Officially there are twenty other recognized languages including Punjabi, Bengali and hundreds of other languages and dialects spoken in India making it one of the most linguistically diverse nations in the world. And diversity is not just limited to language. Hindus are the most predominant religion in India but minorities like Muslims, Sikhs and Christians also have large populations. Diversity can also be found in his cuisine.


Now common assumption is that Indian food is very spicy. Let all dishes fall into the category of curry but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Their idea of food in India is overwhelming!  In down Punjab vegetarian tandoori dishes are specialty among others. In West Bengal, the focus is on fish and vegetarian dishes like Italy. Doing this Indian cooking by all accounts does not shy away from using species but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has a lot of Chile although personally I’m come to love it.


I know many people have this every Indian person is fantastic at Information technology .While it is true that all the stereotypes do exist in the nation, they don’t have a booming tech industry and almost fifty percent of India’s 487 million neighbors are actually employed in the agricultural dairy and horticultural industries.


What about what people wear?


Many foreigners who arrived in India are surprised that not every woman wears a sari but working women in cities like Delhi often tend to mix up traditional dress with western clothing.


Arranged marriages are still coming in but it has changed the time.These days a couple are usually involved romantically and will  go through the rituals associated with arranging a marriage when they decide to. These measures are sometimes called love arranged marriages.


India’s life is not like a Bollywood film where people burst into song although that would be amazing nor is it like Slumdog Millionaire. According to 2011 census seventy percent of people in India actually live in rural areas which makes sense given the amount of people employed in agriculture but there is some truth in Slumdog in large cities like Delhi. One in six residents lives in an urban slum.