What oion do Americans have about India?
Rohan Kth, Foodie, Birder, Nerd, Student Forever
Originally Answered: What do Americans think about India?
1.Indian men are rapists.
2.India has elephants and snake charmers on the streets.
3.Indians are uneducated and all live rural lives in poverty.
4.There’s no ricity or internet in India.
5.There are no toilets in India.
6.Indians eat curry and do yoga all day.
You know how many Americans think this about India? Would you like to take a guess? It’s probably <1%. It’s actually quite hilarious how many Indians think that this is what Americans think about them. Well, let me burst that little bubble for you; they don’t. They might make jokes about it in movies and on TV shows; but then isn’t that the point of comedy?
I have been living in the US for the last 8 years and NOT ONCE have I ever heard any American say any of these things. I’ve met loads of locals from pretty much all 50 states and every single one of them is always in awe and fascination of India.
They always talk about how the people are brilliant and enterprising and warm and friendly; they are zed by the hospitality Indians exhibit towards not just their own but even complete strangers. That is just a completely foreign concept to most and they never fail to acknowledge how impressive they find it.
Those who have visited India or had close interactions with Indian cultural events here talk about how beautiful and colorful the country is and how there’s a harmony amidst the chaos. Most of them come back with stories of how a random rickshaw driver or tea vendor or a waiter at a restaurant went out of their way to do something nice for them when they were in need. One thing that zes every American who has ever visited India is how much variety ests in vegetarian food and how zing it tastes despite the lack of meat.
Americans often tend to get overwhelmed by the sheer cacophony that comes with everything India. We are a loud and boisterous people with over the top festivals and celebrations, massive weddings, colossal gatherings and bold flavorful food that packs a punch; heck even our movies are laced with mas. We have almost no boundaries when it comes to privacy and personal space and will always over-share and over-inquire; sometimes it drives them insane to see this happen but over time they understand how this builds the deep bonds that friends and family share.
What do Americans think about India?
They think of a loving, caring and respectable people who are probably one of the biggest forces to be reckoned with in the next 50 years. They do not see this as a threat like they do some of the other rising super-powers; they see an opportunity to collaborate and together make the world a slightly better and happier place to live in. Whatever perceptions they may or may not have had 30 years ago have now changed; they have had more than their fair share of exposure to Indians in the last couple of decades and there is an unspoken sense of homogeneity among the two cultures and their people.
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Oh and they also think we’re completely crazy… or maybe that’s just me…
Ne: I’m not just talking about the west coast and the tech sector; I’m talking about New Jersey, Chicago, Minnolis, Austin, Houston, Atlanta and about a couple of dozen other cities that have had heavy Indian inflow and interaction over the years. Whether it’s in the form of engineers, bankers, heliers, chefs, truckers, cabbies or anyone else; the sentiment has always been the same.
As an American, do you concur? And an Indian have you been told or experienced these feelings? Or have you witnessed or seen the complete opposite at times? Please do share your thoughts and views and anecdes in the comments below. Thanks.
It is very hard to describe what Americans think of India considering the fact that a lot of Americans don’t even know where India is!.
Secondly, I think Indian people are not mature enough and are too emotional and over patriotic to have any kind of pros and cons discussion. To be honest, I have done these type of questions on Quora A lot of Indian people are complete “children” in terms of dealing with such matters, so it is better not to have such discussions.
1.An Indian asks a question asking a foreigner ( Read : white guy) his oion on India, what he likes about India and what he does not like about India.
2.White guy responds with the same
3.The patriots jump in ‘ You say so and so is bad with our country, how about xyz that is bad with your country, huh? You know we are 7th in economy, you know xyz % of Microsoft employees are Indians, how dare you speak ag inst our country, look at your country first, our culture is best, we don’t care about your oion. The comment gets 20 up ves or so and then the trend repeats with more and more patriotic Indians jum in and the whole comment section becoming a war. ( Funny part is, an Indian asked a question, and directed it towards the foreigner- we don’t care for your oion, yeah !). Isn’t the question about India? If you want me to point negatives about America, send me a link to a question that asks for it, I will post it very happily because I have tons of negatives about America to write about!. I remember someone had asked me about my favorite and not so favorite bollywood movie. I criticized a Bollywood movie , I was bombarded with abuses and people were asking me to criticize ‘Superman’ because some smart Indian found out how even the ‘Superman’ movie also lacked common sense . Well, why would I give a crap about ‘Superman’? Superman is not the national monument of America( and even if he was, who gives a damn? I have my own life to live, I would not spend half my day posting angry replies because someone criticized my country). I don’t find the need to defend or criticize a man who flies with a red underwear or waste my time over him. Crazy that people would get so mad over a freaking Bollywood movie!! How is it related to Indian pride? Are you that damn insecure? Damn!-
4.Answer gets down ved and col psed.( just like this answer which will get down ved within an hour by the the very proud patriots who forget their patriotism after they log off from their wifis and demonstrate it by abusing anyone who suggests improvements for India’s sake).
So basically the questions ‘ What do XYZ think about Indian culture, sports, women, education, IT skills’ are just one thing in a nutshell ( they may be asked in different forms at different times , but they all mean the same thing).
“Hey foreigners, please praise my country so that I get a ego boost and only put positive things because your validation and positive feedback is the benchmark and barometer for my success”- A proud Indian
Here are some random things which comes to mind immediately:
Proficiency in English: I was told that there are upwards of 20 different languages in India. These are the major ones. Actually the real number is 2000 or so including dialects. Naturally I did not expect Indians to add one more and speak English. But I found that it is really shocking that many of you speak English at least in cities and most of you speak broken English even in rural areas. Hard to believe for a countryman who knows only one language.
Colorful country: India is always known as colorful. But it is not at all exagerrated as this colorful country can put the best countries look like a "boring country". Right from dressing to color of Indian food to every damn thing. India is so "not boring".
Too much Diversity: I think there will be much more in common in Spain & USA than what is common between Punjab & West Bengal. We are talking about so much differences that it becomes hard to believe that they are part of the same nation.
Zero respect for Rules (if any): I find it hard to believe that this functioning de acy is a place where Traffic rules simply does not seem to est. It is very hard to believe this truth. I shudder to think whether criminal laws are followed either.
Dirt everywhere: It is hard to believe that a country can be this dirty. I mean I don't think further explanation is even needed. Indian-Americans comes as a highly civilized lot and it is therefore shocking to see the dirt in their homeland.
Innovation mindset: I expect more from India than due to its openness being a de acy which will foster meaningful innovation & enterpreneurship. I am expecting some exciting corporations from India. When I see questions by Indians in Quora like "How difficult is it to programme a search engine like Google" I am convinced that one of those kids thinking on these lines might go on to beat them. When I see frequent mention of "Quick Suggestions option in Indian online store neotonn which suggests shirts to men on entering Skin Color, Body Shape & Height"; I can't help but smile knowingly at this Silicon valley mentality of getting the word across and promoting your stuff to every Tom, Dick & Harry. I am sure Silicon valley will be a thing of the past and Banglore valley might be the new term.
Amy Barnes, I'm traveler
I had a lot of misconceptions about India before visiting there. Like India is a bad country to live in, It's dirty and almost every member of my family warned me that don’t go to India Its too dangerous especially for girls. It made more curious to know about India, So I decided to travel to India for 7 days with my BF(He is Indian). I felt like I’m in heaven. Everyone was living happily and they treated me like I'm very close to them just like best friends. I had a visit Goa and It was really beautiful. I loved the beach especially there. There was nothing wrong and my views about India was changed. Here are some pictures too, a real Heaven!.
Overall, there is a good perception of India. One of the most popular things you hear are, “didn’t this Indian guy (Mukesh Ambani) build a billion dollar tower in India for him to live in?” Also you hear positive things about yoga and Indian food. Indian HINDUS are thought of to be very peaceful people who love to celebrate. If you go to rural parts of America they don’t know much about India. But the East and West coast and major cities, you hear positive things about India.
Aaditya, B.tech from Babu Banarasi Das Northern India Institute of Technology (2018)
Most of the Americans and Europeans do not form any good oion about India . For Americans , India is a third world country that has no access to proper healthcare , education etc.
Only few educated and aware Americans know that India is a progressive country that has achieved in space(ISRO ) , medical , IIT , bollywood .
Also Americans who are fond of tourism know that India has beaches in Goa , Himyas , Thar desert etc .
Rest ignorant Americans who do not care will view India as a poor country .
Srikanth Throvagunta, Technical Researcher
Americans in companies have a good oion about Indians. They think Indians work hard and so in challenging circumstances and environment.
American society has compnts of Indians not integrating well enough, but this oion is coming down.
A week ago I met a 4 Americans player while playing counter strike global offensive in deathmatch lobby they seem nice and but when I ask hem what they thoughts on India it was pretty much the same
- India is poor
- people shit on the street
- we have no etiquette
but then I ask them to watch these video which has some solid points and after watching they apologise for there rudeness but I said it’s ok and then we play MM for 2 matches
Im just going to list off some stereotypes.
Tech support, obesity and really skinny brown guys come to mind.
Also, overpopulation, elephants, Bollywood, and WAY too much singing in their movies. Like, it’s really cheesy and doesn’t make sense.
Also, it smells terrible there and everyone wants white skin for some reason.
But Indian food is really good, and pretty popular in the US
Jayashree Sampath, Process Lead at Capgemini India
Whatever Americans think about India doesn't matter. They have their own mess to deal with than give time to think about us.
Plus, we have our own screwing/(non) functional sy ems, to worry about.
Abe Lewis, lives in The United States of America
Other than a stereotype that Indians are fairly spiritual, and a belief that India could become a major economy, I don't think you can make too many generalizations about American oions of India. If I had to sum up the sentiments of Americans toward India in one sentence it would be, "Like , but less e l and more poor."