How do people react when you say you're from India?
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These are some of the reactions I’ve observed when I said I’m from India to foreigners.
While I was on a cab to my hotel, the driver asked me, Where are you from?
I said India.
Cab driver : Oh, India?
Me : Yeah.
Cab Driver : Your Modi (I couldn’t understand his accent) is very famous. He was a coffee maker and became the President.
Me : Oh Yea, Modi. He is our Prime Minister :)
Again, While I was in a cab from Airport, the driver asked me, Where are you from?
Me : India.
Cab Driver : Oh India? It’s a nice place. I’ve been there. Delhi.
Me : Wow, that’s great. How was your experience?
Cab Driver : You have a very rich culture. I like your food though it’s too spicy for me.
Me : I laughed.
Cab Driver : And the driving there is crazy. If you drive according to rules there, you will crash.
In the US
This time also, it was a cab driver.
Cab Driver : Btw, Where are you guys from?
Me : India.
Cab Driver : India. That’s a nice place. A lot of Indian Software engineers are here in San Jose. It’s like your Bangalore.
Me : Oh you know Bangalore?
Cab Driver: Yea, Our climate is similar to Bangalore.
Me : Yea, That’s correct :)
While in the US, I met another random guy (who was from Brazil) in an Apple store. I was using my laptop. He asked me where I am from. I replied India.
He : India? You guys are very good in programming. I was in Bangalore for a conference and I feel like all Indians are born as coders.
Me : (Laughed), Thank you. Haha. Yes we love coding :)
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Sathish Kumar, horticulturist and have got my hands dirty while growing food
There are so many instances, some funny, innocent, curious, and rude.
The first time I moved to US was to Ithaca, NY. It’s a small college town, if the students leave for summer break it’s a quite place with beautiful gorges. The college is pretty international but once you interact with the local town people the whole perspective changes. I went to a bible study with one of my close friends and 3 questions were pretty common when they knew I was from India.
1.You must be good at maths
2.You don’t eat beef right ?
3.So, are you going to get arranged marriage.
Second time when I moved to a small town called Evansville, Indiana. The questions were little different.
1.Don’t you guys have lot of engineers?
2.Aren’t all Indians really smart?
3.Do guys still have an elephant army?
4.Are all Indians dark?
Subramanian Venkiteswaran, Just Another Software Engineer
I was in Korea for official work and i used to go out on weekends. Usually people don’t stare at you in cities. You feel normal in city environment. To visit places, sometimes i go on my own to places out of town. Normally my experience has been good, but one instance i can’t forget.
While going to a place near Suwon, i got a small chit from my guest house to show the bus driver as to place where i should get down. It is very uncommon for people to know English, one in fifty might be able to converse and the number of people who can converse decreases as you move away from cities. Somehow through sign language he made me get down in the right stop. Thanks to him. I could find the place i intend to visit. Now i realized, i don’t know how to go back to my guest house. I just stood in the bus stop hoping someone would come whom i can ask as it has always been. Have had people help me before in metro even though language is a barrier somehow both parties will be able to convey. :-)
This time an old couple came to the bus stand. I was standing and was bit hesitant to ask them as they were looking at me strangely. Obviously because of my indian look. Finally i thought, what is the big deal, let me approach them. Just as i started to take steps in their direction, they started talking hurriedly among themselves constantly looking at me. i thought maybe they are discussing something and proceeded further. The next thing that happened really surprised me.
They took off in an instant and ran away, crossed the road and out of sight in a minute. Somehow i felt very bad that just by looks they are judging people, as if i am trying to attack them or as if i am a terrorist. But i try to ignore this thought thinking that they were old people and their point of view would be different.
I have had very pleasant experience in korea with occasional experiences like these. Even though i try not to remember such memories stay forever.
Abhijeet Kale (अभिजीत काळे), PhD student at Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (2018-present)
In 2018, I visited Germany to attend the PhD interview at Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg.
I finished the interview and had been waiting for the shuttle bus at the pickup point in Heidelberg as I had to catch my flight back to Pune from Frankfurt airport. The bus runs between Frankfurt airport and Heidelberg.
I arrived very early at the pick-up point. After some 15 minutes, an old couple arrived and asked me to ensure they had arrived at the right place to board the bus taking passengers to the airport. I answered that they had arrived at the correct place and added that I was also waiting for the same bus. They thanked me and smiled. I welcomed them.
After a minute of silence,
The Old Man (TOM)-: By the way, where are you from? (I don't exactly remember what were the words in our conversation so I’ll generalise the conversation)
Me-: India. Do you know India?
TOM-: Oh! Great! Yes….well I have never been to India but have read a lot about Indian culture and especially PM Modi.
Me-: PM Modi!!
TOM-: I guess he is quite famous in India and has gained enormous popularity.
Me-: Yes. and hence became PM.
TOM-: I heard there is also a huge number of poor people residing in metro cities of India. Like Dharavi in Mumbai.
Me-: Unfortunately that is right but situation is rapidly changing from last 10 years.
TOM-: There was a news people die starving on the streets.
Me-: Governments have zeroed in on a poor section of society to get them in the mainstream of development by providing them home under several schemes, proper food in reasonable price, offering free education. We don't claim we are 100% successful but hopefully our efforts are getting some success. Our India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
TOM-: Hmm… I have read that in a news article. That's a really good thing. India will become a huge economy someday. (He smiled)
(After a few seconds of silence)
TOM-: Do you work here in Heidelberg?
Me-: No. I came here for an Interview at Max Planck Institute. Physics PhD.
TOM-: Oh! such an horrible subject. I was very weak at it. You have got great guts. You are going to do PhD in Physics. Good luck!
Me-: (smiling) Thanks.
TOM-: So did you like this place,our Heidelberg?
Me-: of course, this city is just awesome. Very beautiful. Particularly, I liked the hill sites near the Max Planck Institute. But I am from such a region of India where I have never experienced such a cold weather. That's a bit difficult for me here to withstand.
TOM-: Yeah I understand. But India is very diverse in that too. Kashmir,Shimla!? They witness snowfall. right?! And Rajasthan has a desert.
Me-: oh yes! I am amazed and delighted that you have good deal of information about us.
TOM-: Hahaha. I read a lot.
汤姆:是的，我明白了。但印度在这方面也非常多样化。克什米尔,西姆拉! ?会下雪的。对吧? !拉贾斯坦邦还有沙漠。
Ravin Singh, Senior Software Engineer at Infogain India (2013-present)
Well it was an awesome experience.
I have visited US few times in past two years. First time (in 2016) when I was in the flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles , I had an US citizen sitting next to me. Well, he started the conversation which went like this:
He : Hey young man, from where you are?
Me : Hello Sir, I am from India.
He : Wow, I was just there last week at Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Me : Nice Sir, Did you enjoy your stay over there?
He : Yes, it was a memorable journey. And then he started telling me what he did during his stay at Jaipur.
Me : Good to hear Sir.
He : Have you been to Jaipur?
Me : No Sir.
He : Come on, How come you miss that place ? You should visit.
Me : ( bit disappointed with myself) Sure, I will go.
He : What do you like most about your country?
Me : (After thinking about 10 sec) The best thing which I like about my country is Unity in Diversity.
He : And I like your Prime Minister Mr. Modi, I have never seen an active leader like him.
I cannot tell you guys how much happy and proud I felt at that moment. I replied - thank you sir, yes our Prime Minister is an amazing person.
Feel proud to be an Indian.
Harshit Gupta, Research Engineer (2017-present)
I have been to South Korea recently and when i interacted with the natives and told them I am from India, the response which I got from them really took me by shock. When I used to travel I like to interact with the locals of that places and I would like to narrate some amazing incidents over here:
In Jeju island, An island in South Korea, a popular tourist destination. The thing is that this place is mostly inhabited by the natives and you will hardly find any person who could speak in English. But these people are really friendly and helpful and they try to understand what we are saying to them.
Over their I hired a cab, when he came for the first time I greeted him with Anneyong Haseyo (“hello” in English) but he replied with Namastey. I was shocked for a moment. Then he said, “ I thought you guys are from India”. Then I said we are from India only but the way you greeted us really mesmerised me. He said, “ India is full of different cultures and he also expressed his wish to visit Taj Mahal”.
Then in Jeju only i met one couple. I told them I am from India but they took it as Indonesia. I tried to explain them it’s India not indonesia but they didn’t knew. Then suddenly they came up with a word “Hindu” . This reply again shocked me. I think ancient learning in countries like China and South Korea, India is pictured as a Hindu country. But I really didn’t understand how they came up with that word.
When I was in Seoul, the capital of South Korea and one of the tech hub in the world. The city as lively in night as in day. This place will never disappoint you. It’s so beautiful. I went to one shop for shopping. The owner of the shop was lady. She was very cheerful and talkative. I told her I am from India, for which she replied Mahatma Gandhi and Modi. Gandhi Ji name we can expect that people around the world knew him. But the name of Narendra Modi was quite unexpected. This really makes me feel proud that the prime minister of our country became so popular in such a short span of time. I think India is becoming popular in the world.