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35 things Indians Do Differently Than The Rest Of The World

By :  Swati Chauhan 


Like any other culture or society Indians exhibit their special traditions, customs, habits and lifestyle through the unique behavior traits they display and by doing things a little differently than the rest of the world.

It is these notably strange ‘ways of doing things’ that have now become second-identity for an Indian across the world.



A little witty, a little teasy and a little on your face, here’s a list of 35 weird things Indians do that drives the rest of the world crazy.


You know you are a ‘true-blue Indian’ if:


1. You use the same expression to convey the following emotions Yes/No /Maybe/ Perhaps /OK/Thanks/ sure/not sure/why not/agree/disagree – and that is of course the famous Indian head bobble. 



Indian Head nod

Google Images


2. You stare at couples, girls, boys, uncles, aunties, Indians, foreigners with a gaze that can put x – rays to shame and you conveniently shrug it off believing that you are just a good observer (and not a creep or pervert). 


Men staring




3. No matter how sad or grumpy you may be, your mood is instantly lifted up at the sound of these three words: Treat, Cricket, End -of-season sale.







 4. You cannot stop crying at the following occasions: When you are happy, when you are sad,  when chopping onion (which is minimum three times in a day), while watching soap operas (at both happy and sad scenes), at marriages ceremonies no matter who’s, while gulping your glass of Mint water you ordered along with your gol gappas (spicy Indian snack).







5. You do not take off your plastic seat covers from your new car the whole year and if possible not even after that.



cool car

source: google Images




6. You inquire rates and prices of 80% of display products in the window not because you intend to make a purchase but to make sure you are updated on all the current rates and market prices.



window shopping



7.  You make an excuse of being stuck in traffic for arriving late even when you live around the corner and have walked down.



 8. You come back home from a continental dinner, realize that you are still hungry and rummage the fridge for left over daal chaal(Indian food) and finally settle for some good old Maggi(Popular Indian Noodle Brand).


eating noodles

Source: google images




9.  You secretly apply coconut oil in your hair after bath and claim it to be the new gel wax you brought from the super expensive branded store over the weekend.



hair gel

Source:google images


10. Your kitchen cupboards boasts of more plastic containers of all possible shapes and sizes than actual groceries.


indian kitchen

source: google images




11. You fiercely fight to pay the 1500 Rs. at the office lunch get together but spend five minutes convincing the vegetable vendor to give you a 10 Rs. levy on your purchase along with extra coriander and green chilli.


bargaining in India

source: google images





12.  At a buffet, you feel overwhelming sense of responsibility to taste all the 25 dishes , 6 soups and 5 deserts even if it means rolling on the bed groaning with stomach pain and consuming copious amount of digestive tablets.


over eating



 13.  You carry magazines in your car to read while waiting at red lights.


bad traffic

source:google images


 14. When you come back from an international flight you are instantly demanded to surrender your loot of goodies, jam, scented napkins and cookies you have secured from your hotel room and flight.


stealing from hotel

source:google images


15. You strongly feel and complain about how Traffic has no sense (better than saying you have none) and use it as an excuse to go left, right, turn and even return..errr…. reverse at our own whim and fancy.


16. The word ‘Trash’ does not exists in your dictionary as you store and re-use and re-use and re-use everything…including plastic bags, jam bottles, Horlicks bottles, gift wrappers, cardboard boxes, old clothes , books etc etc etc.


Indians store trash



17. You call up all long forgotten uncles , aunts and cousins from office phone, print your son’s 100 page science report and take back ample office supply of pens, stoppers, scissors , paper weights and paper clips home every month enough to start your own stationary shop.

talking on phone

source:google images




18.  You ask personal questions like relationship status and monthly salary from your neighbor during a DTC bus ride.






19.  You dance, celebrate and give treats to friends if the Indian team wins and keep a count of the amount of gold, silver and bronze bagged at commonwealths, tennis, or Olympics by Indian team.




20.   You order a take away pizza so that you can enjoy it at home without the hassle of fork and knife.


eating with hands

google images



21. And when you take the pizza, you don’t forget to fill your supplies of tissues, ketchup, salt, pepperoni and oregano sachets.


extra ketchup

source:google images



22.   You only go to restaurants that offer waiters and other helping staff. You hate the self-help types.


busy restaurant

source: giphy



23. You gossip about Ranbir Kapoor’s  latest girlfriend and discuss when Salman Khan (famous Bollywood stars) will eventually get married with equal fervour as you discuss the new AAP (newly elected ruling party in Delhi)strategy to evade corruption.



source: giphy




24.  You find it difficult to replace sir/madam with first name even when your boss insists you do fearing he may get offended.






25.  You have an instant liking for a person you discover belongs to your state or shares the same surname.


big hug




26.  You don’t feel guilty of throwing trash on the sidewalk because it is so dirty anyway.


trash in India




27.  You assume that you should start from home by 8 (after considering the 1 hour that would be spent stuck up in traffic) for a 7 p.m invitation.

getting late


28.    You find it perfectly ok to wear sport shoes with trousers or under salwar and saree and a sports t-shirt to an evening out.


bad dressing sense

source:google images



29.  You hesitate opening doors and pulling chairs for your lady love fearing someone would mistake you for a  gatekeeper or waiter.

open door for lady

source:google images


30.  You buy one large coke with your meal and use the same glass to refill for the entire family.


soda fountain

source:google images



31. You subscribe to popular English dailies but your favorite Dainik jagran(Popular Hindi newspaper) is what makes the morning tea special.


tea and newspaper

source:google images




32. And the first thing you look at in the morning newspaper(even before the main page headline) is your Horoscope for the day to start your day on a positive note.


jumping with joy

source:google images



33. You are shy but do not take much time to open up(maximum two requests to join the dance floor is enough) and then it gets difficult to get you off it.  

dancing like crazy





34.  You get your days exercise pushing and shoving people during bus rides, in queues, trying to board Metro trains and buying a movie ticket. So much so for going to the gym!



pushing people



35.  You think nothing is impossible and there exists a ‘Jugaad’ (Hindi synonym for ‘ work around’ )for every problem on earth.


problem solving

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  1. S. Anupam (@karnanupam) says: January 19, 2014

    ROFL! You captured well – O wow or O crap – the typical Indian expressions :))

    • swatic12 says: January 19, 2014

      Thanks Anupam,
      Believe me any thing less than that reaction wouldn’t have justified the effort and heart
      I put in writing this one:)


  2. Varun Singh says: January 19, 2014

    Superb post Swati 🙂
    Loved it like anything 😀
    Brilliantly expressed :’D
    Keep blogging O:)

    • swatic12 says: January 19, 2014

      Thanks Varun,
      Told you I am a true Desi at heart:)


  3. Shivangini says: January 22, 2014

    LOL ! 😀
    This is *AWESOME*!

  4. bemoneyaware says: January 26, 2014

    Had a great laugh.. Enjoyed the Images and videos ..

    • swatic12 says: January 26, 2014

      Hey Thanks. Glad you had a good time reading!

  5. Spunkybong says: January 26, 2014

    This is serious hilarity, Swati. 🙂

    • swatic12 says: January 26, 2014

      Hi Achyut,

      Thank you for reading and your lovely comment:)

  6. soumya says: January 26, 2014

    GUILTY :D.great visuals too.sharing

    • swatic12 says: January 26, 2014

      Hey Soumya,
      Thanks for dropping by and reading!

  7. vijai says: January 26, 2014

    Hi Swati,i am an Indian,or,in your words,true desi.I do not know when and how you chased me around the world catching me in the act! Please do not open more on me!!

    • swatic12 says: January 26, 2014

      Hello Vijai,
      Thanks for dropping by and reading. Don’t worry, this post is about Indians with me Included so I will not divulge any more:)

  8. Ludvig Sunström says: January 27, 2014

    Interesting information. I’ll keep this in mind for the next time I meet one of my Indian acquaintaces. Haha.

    Great pictures & GIFs btw. Did you find them via Google searches or is there a special place you look?

    PS: your twitter link on the top of the site seems to not work.

    • swatic12 says: January 28, 2014

      Hey Ludvig,
      Its just on the light side. Actually very good question because I have been etching to tell
      someone how much i worked hard for those GIF’s:) Its a mix of google and i think 4
      other gif websites. I have mentioned the names in the source. The post took less time
      but finding the right Gif turned out to be a very long process.
      But it was all worth the effort, because the post was very well received and till today
      is having good views everyday:)

  9. Pritesh says: January 27, 2014

    very well compiled and true side of Desipana 🙂 🙂
    Desi me baat kare to…. ek dum kamaal ki dish parosi hai with GIF ka tadaka 🙂 🙂

    • swatic12 says: January 28, 2014

      Thanks Pritesh for the lovely desi comments. Felt wonderful!

      • Pritesh says: January 29, 2014

        Thanks mat bolo…..
        3 aur logo ke blog par “Badhiya wali Desi” comments daal dena…. aur unko bolna wo bhi 3 aur logo ko comments de 🙂 🙂

  10. numerounity says: January 28, 2014

    I read few and amid found some of them really funny…good one indeed!

    One thing I found weird- Pizza is meant to be eaten via hands and not forks..Lolz… recently a big politician did that scuffle wherein he used fork n Knife to eat Pizza and made national mockery 🙂

    Btw how do you order one large coke and use the same glass for refill?? lolz seekhna padega..overall brilliant post! Keep writing..

    • swatic12 says: January 28, 2014

      Well, they expected us to use fork and knife last time at Pizza Hut, Noida. That was few months back, so maybe they don’t more:)

      One glass and 7 refills is an art which I have yet to learn but I do have seen people doing it. Will let you in on the secret once I do.

      Thanks for reading and taking out the time to post a comment.

  11. Neha Sharma says: January 28, 2014

    Loved the post. Following you now… 🙂

    • swatic12 says: January 28, 2014

      Hey Neha,

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  12. Sogy says: January 31, 2014

    Sounds like I am not a typical Indian at all :-/ . Anyway I could relate to a lot of them w.r.t my friends though.

    • swatic12 says: February 1, 2014

      Hey Sogy,
      Yeah, exceptions are always there and the kind of post I had written, good for you that you are an exception:)

  13. Ashok says: April 27, 2014

    Loved the post 🙂 I can correlate most of things spsly 8,11,12…i m following ur blogs its really correlate with our lifes 🙂

    • swatic12 says: April 30, 2014

      Thank you so very much for visiting and liking the blog. Glad you enjoyed the article.

  14. swethadhaara says: May 26, 2014

    So funny and some are true too..

  15. Destiny says: April 15, 2015


  16. sangeetha menon says: May 16, 2015

    LOL… true…….

  17. Dale says: March 18, 2016

    i was thinking of going to India for a while, but it seems some things may be a bit too much like America. 😉

  18. Mohit Bumb says: March 22, 2016

    lol this presentation makes these facts more interesting to know 🙂

  19. Abhinay says: July 5, 2016

    Some of things that you wrote are quite fake ,that were old times but now indians are not doing that type of things , but some of things are quite real.


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