Wednesday, March 10, 2010

We are 'like this only'

Came across these fabulous facts on we, Indians. All the points are so true. I myself can identify with so many points here...And I am proud about being an Indian. Read on and enjoy.

1. Everything you eat is savored in garlic, onion and tomatoes.

2.. You try and reuse gift wrappers, gift boxes, and of course aluminum foil.

3. You are always standing next to the two largest size suitcases at the Airport.

4. You arrive one or two hours late to a party - and think it's normal.

5. You peel the stamps off letters that the Postal Service missed to stamp.

6. You recycle Wedding Gifts, Birthday Gifts and Anniversary Gifts.

7. You name your children in rhythms (example, Sita & Gita, Ram & Shyam, Kamini & Shamini..)

8. All your children have pet names, which sound nowhere, close to their real names.

9. You take Indian snacks anywhere it says 'No Food Allowed.'

10. You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving someone's house.

11. You load up the family car with as many people as possible.

12. You use plastic to cover anything new in your house, whether it's the remote control, VCR, carpet or new couch.

13. Your parents tell you not to care what your friends think, but they won't let you do certain things because of what the other 'Uncles and Aunties' will think.

14. You buy and display crockery, which is never used, as it is for special occasions, which never happen.

15. You have a vinyl tablecloth on your kitchen table.

16.. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.

17. You keep leftover food in your fridge in as many numbers of bowls as possible.

18. Your kitchen shelf is full of jars, varieties of bowls and plastic utensils (got free with purchase of other stuff)

19. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (and travel means any car ride longer than 15 minutes).

20. You own a rice cooker or a pressure cooker.

21. You fight over who pays the dinner bill.

22. You live with your parents and you are 40 years old. (And they prefer it that way).

23. You don't use measuring cups when cooking.

24. You never learnt how to stand in a queue.

25. You can only travel if there are 5 persons at least to see you off or receive you whether you are traveling by bus, train or plane.

26. If she is NOT your daughter, you always take interest in knowing whose daughter has run with whose son and feel proud to spread it at the velocity of more than the speed of light.

27. You only make long distance calls after 11p.m.

28. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you've eaten, even if it's midnight

29. You call an older person you never met before Uncle or Aunty.

30. When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes, you discover you're talking to a distant cousin.

31. Your parents don't realize phone connections to foreign  countries have improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of their lungs when making foreign calls.

32. You have bed sheets on your sofas so as to keep them from getting dirty.

33. Its embarrassing if you're wedding has less than 600 people.

34. All your Tupperware is stained with food color.

35. You have drinking glasses made of steel.

36. You have mastered the art of bargaining in shopping. 

There's a video on youtube on similar lines - here.


  1. hahahaha..I can so relate to this..either I am the culprit or the witness of these acts :D awesome list..

  2. Whatta a list!! Really really liked it!! :)))

  3. Ha ha .. ho...ho . I too can relate to so many things in the list. Good work.

  4. hahaha...relate to almost ALL of them :D

  5. You call every elder Uncle or Aunty ! Ofcourse !


  6. This is sooooo true. It is true not only for Indians in India. It is true for Indians living in any country.

  7. Haha.. reallly!!!! We are like this only.. and I am proud of this! :D

  8. Hum to aise hi hai aur aise hi rahenge. Proud to be not ponly an Indian but also a human being. We always try to conserve resources and I am really proud that we all think about it and help in nature conservation! :)
    Nice Post again! I hope you must have remembered Monisha (Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai). She was the perfect example of an Indian especially a woman...hehhehe

  9. lolzzz
    and when electricity goes out.. we check neighbor's house instead of electricity board :P

  10. if i go by this list me almost non

  11. Glad I am in the none of the above category :D

  12. What a great resource!

  13. great list
    and no one can deny these facts
    the reality actions of Indians

  14. We all including me fall in the above category.
    With your permission , I am going to email this to all my relatives and friends with special credit to YOU.

  15. Dear Insignia,
    I have read these points in the past many times thru some emails. Of-course, all the points are somewhere or other related to every Indian. We can't escape. However, we should be proud about being Indians.

    There are some changes in one or two i.e., long distance calls after 11 PM changed after introduction of mobile phones and screaming at the top while making foreign calls reduced.

    I love one point 28. It shows the love towards children by their parents especially by mother. She only worries whether her child had food or not in time. Indians are all bonded with love and affection.

  16. Ok this is gonna be a long reply:-

    1. Well you cant make curry wihtout these .. mmmmmmm

    2. he he he .. you see RECYCLE is the motto here ..

    3. this is true but if u lokk at it thinking at least we got suitcases now.. earlier it was SACKS... or stuff in a chadar... :) you need to come to birmingham, for a turkeministan airline flight to amritsar .. you will see all the above every Time

    4. to aur kya .. otherwise you will not be noticed na ..

    5. Recyle again.. why waste the money.. use it

    6. .. i dont do this

    7. hmmmm gurpreet-manpreet..

    9. lai to how will u live without the namkeen and the Rewadis and also here you go out for a outing .. it will be a india family with the Dibba full of Nice smelling food .. but then I must say here its US who welcome anyone to come and share our food tooo...

    10. this is good .. We are known for hospitality , We dont want to let go of people...

    11. he hehe I can visualise, I had a VIJAY SUPER scooter ages ago.. ME, my three mates .. 4 of us everyday vrooooommmmm

    20.. and the slow cookers tooo now ..

    21. Oh yes , i have a blog post on that which i have not posted. Thats Us and I must tell you I am proud of it .. I have a good expereicne in australia where a Greek guy came over and said Indians are known for this and shook our hands .. just cause he saw us arguing over I will pay no i will pay..

    22. YEssssssssssss

  17. 23:- no way PATIALA PEGS... aane do ...

    24:- Q .. can you see how it is a round and squiggle so how can it be straight :)

    25:- I love this point .. I always want everyone to be there .. when i leave cause god know when i will see them together again..

    27. Half price.. wish they do something like that in UK too .. then i can trouble everyone in india EARLY MORNING ... waky waky

    29. Tehzeeb hai bhai.. ijaat de rahe hain :)

    35. and Bronze tooo ...

    36. bhaiya theek theek lagao..

    ha ha haha I hope you enjoyed reading my comment as much as i have enjoyed reading this , S overy true and Yeah i can BOAST that most of the stuff does actually fit me perfectly fine and i am not ashamed or anything like that ... It makes me UNIQUe.. makes me INDIAN...

    sorry for taking such a lot of space...

    Now i hope you reply to the points one by one tooooo ha haha haahaha :)

  18. Dunno whoever has listed them has listed them with hint of sarcasm! Didn't like it actually! Otherwise all your remaining post are bravo !

    Keep blogging!

  19. Neha,

    So right. We are the witness and the culprits :-D I really am amazed at this person who compiled this

  20. Guria,

    Yup!! They are one heck of a list

  21. chitra,

    Yup!! Its not my original idea. I have already mentioned that. I just improvised. Whoever compiled it, has a great sense of humor.

  22. SG,

    Yes, whatever said and done and green cards and such things, Indians are Indians :-)

  23. Megha,

    Yes, and we are proud to be like this

  24. Rajlakshmi,

    Lol!!! so true. I do that always, check my neighbor's home :-P

  25. sm,

    Yes, no one should deny this too. Its great!! These makes us unique

  26. Chowla sir,

    You can email it you your folks, but please dont credit me. This list is only improvised by me. Idea is not mine, as I have mentioned. I came across this thing somewhere. I dont know who compiled it too; else would have given the cedit to that person

  27. Naidu sir,

    I got this list in an email too..Just added few more points. Of course, we are all proud to be Indians. These are the things that sets us apart from others isn't it?

    Thank you.

  28. That's awesome! So true. We are such a crazy race..heeheeee:D Enjoyed reading this..Thank you for sharing. Although I've read it earlier long back..I was nodding & smiling reading through your list.

  29. Bikramji,

    Excellente!! But yeh kya kar diya aapne? you want me to reply on these?
    Well :-)

    1. Yeah, these ingredients DEFINE curry.
    2. Yup!!! Jai ho!! :-D
    3. Lol!!! Yes, those sacks, large heavy iron trunks. Now suitcases are anytime better
    4. Ummmphhh...yes, yes we are attention seekers :-D
    5. Hahahahaha, I agree
    6. thats a bit cheap, me too, dont do this
    7. Manjeet-Paramjeet :-P
    8. YOPU MISSED A POINT as usual
    9. the idea of carrying is to share
    10. Oh yes!! Whether they are tired or not, we should show our hospitality
    11. I can still see Bajaj Chetak loaded with 5 people

    20. Hmmm
    21. Hmm nice. Whenever I go for dinner or lunch, I end up paying :-( no one even asks for courtesy
    22. :-)
    23. I dont use any measuring instruments to cook
    24. Oh yes!! poor us they blaming us
    25. Hmm...good. I always have just 1 or 2 people to send me off
    27. Yes!! Now its free msgs all night
    29. Absolutely!!!
    35. And copper too...
    36. Iththe kyon laga diya? aur lagao...:-P

    See, I have replied to each of your comments :-) Now enjoy reading them

  30. BIG Omi,

    Welcome to B Log. :-)
    Its supposed to be taken in a humorous way. We Indians lack that...

    Thanks for your comments. Keep visiting.

  31. lostworld,

    Yeah, my pleasure. Got it as some email forward. :-) We are a crazy race!!

  32. Have seen these earlier too.
    1. I too am Indian but of minority class. I hate garlic.

    2. Recycle mantra- the world is waking to it

    3. We presfer to wear fresh clothes and use less cosmetics

    17. We cook with fresh vegetables while other check out expiry of frozen food or artificially ripened fruit. They mostly eat older stuff than us.

    22. Result -We have less old age homes and less kids with ADD.

    24. People in fornt of the state beverages outlet know how to stand in queue

    36. That's why retail gian ts are not always a success here.

  33. Holy Lama,

    Amazing reasoning. :-)

  34. very interesting list...



    and very typical..not only to Indians but to us too.

    I'm amazed at the huge number of Indian bloggers!!! and I've visited lots of blogs and find them all worth visiting..seems to me that Indians love to write..and more interested in topics about the inner strengths (or weaknesses) than in anything else...which i think is good..

    have a nice weekend ahead..

  35. Reflections,

    Thank you... Dont you believe that point? I have witnessed many such incidents :-)

    Even if its awkward, its true

  36. dean,

    Welcome to B Log. I see that you are from the Philippines. :-)

    Most of the facts hold true with you folks too, thats interesting and consoling as well, WE ARE NOT ALONE :-)

    Indians do like to write and share views. I am glad you like to read them.

    Keep visiting

  37. Hahaha.. Awesome list!
    Except a few, I don't mind the rest. :P

  38. You have become a pro...for humorous posts.


    I had received this in a mail.

    though I don't fall for many of them.:)

    should I mention??
    okay here you go..

    oops...let me mention lesser one and that is, those I fall for



    Keep smiling.

  39. Karthik,

    Thank you. I dont mind anything :-D

  40. Makk,

    Thank you for the list :-)

  41. woha..such a lovely and true list..things which are obvious to us are so different to foreigners ;-)

  42. travelling bags: and you are forced to life them throughout the journey since no collie is allowed... :(
    Pet name: Pls dont remind me of that :(
    But yeah i dont fight over dinner bill :)
    Great read!!

  43. maverickshree,

    Yup it is!!! :-) And there lies the fun :D
    thanks for visiting B Log, keep coming

  44. Hi Pratik,

    Lol!!! whats your pet name? :-D

  45. To add to your list. I have come across two more incidents while I was going to my office at 0930 hours at Chennai (captured those incidents):
    (1)Can take bath, wash clothes, change dresses, drying clothes etc., immaterial of the age and sex on the railway station flat forms.
    (2) As some poeple are not able to afford the lunch/dinner costs in trains, they carry all sorts of material and cook at open places at rly stations.
    If you can give your email id, i can send those photos to you.

    my id:

  46. wow... how i love this one!

  47. $$,

    thank you :) It was too tempting to share :)


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