50 facts about India through the eyes of Russians
1. As a gesture of "yes" (instead of a nod, as we do) Indians rocking his head to the side, like our "ah-ah-ah." At first unconsciously it had the feeling as if they reproachfully shake their heads in response to a question, they say, "Well, question for you, white." Similarly, at the meeting - often start chatting her head from side to side, like dolls, very funny.
2. The movement is left-hand, such a thing as the SDA, if it exists, is very arbitrary, the main rule of the road - it's horn. Moreover, in contrast to, for example, by blinking turn signals, the horn is more preventive in nature, ie pobibikal and immediately begins to rotate, and if not conceded -.. Your problem, because you have warned. Especially frantic traffic in major cities - Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, compounded by an incredible number of tuk-tuks, darting here and there - hum signals it does not stop for a minute.
3. Among men spread a close friendship, to the point where a close, here you can often meet them walking hand in hand or arm in arm. We were surprised at first, but then I read that this is just the kind of friendship without sexual connotation.
4. Indian cuisine, especially the southern, very sharp, with a lot of spices. Requests "no spicy", "no chilly" rarely lead to the expected result, despite the zealous waiter nods his head. There is a certain set of dishes, initially not very sharp - they can eat with total rejection of spicy food.
5. In most cases, to designate the places where you can eat, the word Hotel. However, most hotels are called Lodge, but some, especially large ones, are also used in the title of Hotel. 6. The most common fruits: papaya, pineapple, tangerines and bananas, the latter a huge number of varieties - large and small, thick and thin, yellow, red and green. also often sold and apples, but incredibly expensive.
7. Many of the products is marked MRP (maximum retail price) - the maximum retail price at which this product may be sold. This is especially noticeable on the bottled water that is sold on every corner, and costs almost everywhere 15 rupees per 1 liter, both in stores and in the café.
8. In many small local restaurants are no menus - people come and bought them for a long time known dishes.
9. dishes for different meals are usually clearly divided into breakfast (up to 11), lunch (12 to 15) and dinner (from 19 to 21). Time, however, is quite conditional and may vary, but the order in the afternoon something from breakfast menu, and the day of the dinner more often than not work. Despite the fact that from 15 to 18-19 of the cafes all closed.
10. The most common meal among the not very wealthy citizens - a Meals: mountain rice, usually on a banana leaf (very convenient, free disposable tableware, and more profitable in the waste management) with several sauces and condiments in bowls. Most often this dish without limits - almost always pour sauces, rice and sometimes enclose, cheap and cheerful.
11. Tipping in cafes customary to leave at will, by 3-10%, but most often it is 10-20 rupees.
12. Alcohol is not available for sale. .. That is, he is not prohibited, but is not particularly welcome - you can buy only in designated areas. Most cafes it also officially no (sometimes sold "under the counter"), have only in restaurants. 13. Staff at the guesthouse and café, especially inexpensive, rarely friendly. They are not aggressive, but speak as if they have this work sits in the liver, probably because it is. And the locals are often very smiley and friendly.
14. Rickshaws and other "helpers" for the client drive to the hotel, as a rule, receive a fixed amount, and for every night spent by the client at the hotel. So, with room for 250 rupees rickshaw will get Rs 50 and 300 - already 75, and so on. In each city, their fees. It with us in confidence shared owner of the guesthouse in Allepey.
15. Central hot water nowhere. The cheap guest-houses, hot water is not, in principle, to bring some of her morning in a tank (sometimes for more money) to have more advanced boilers.
16. Toilet paper Hindus do not use, instead, advanced field next to the toilet hanging a small Dusík, and in places is easier - water tap and a bucket.
17. Hindu temples begin to work at 5 am, and is usually accompanied by a loud howling (prayer) in the microphone in the whole district, the street exhibited great dynamics. Especially fun if that's Temple is under the windows of the guesthouse.
18. Most of the Indians are very devout believers. The temples everywhere you turn, everywhere a lot of pilgrims and, as a result, is widely developed business selling offerings: as a rule, a set of flowers and fruit (bananas, coconuts). Some even at home there is a small prayer room of the altar and deities, visiting one of kauchserferov witnessed evening prayers his daughter - rang the bell and waving sticks of incense. 19. In the majority of Hindu temples or prayer in certain parts entrance allowed only Hindi, though bless Indian "pop" can and Europeans (to put a point on the forehead with holy water wash), if only the money paid.
20. Apparently, due to the heat is most people stands at 5-6 am. So at 7 am ordinary weekday, we have seen the crowds on the beach - local playing football, volleyball and just sat in groups or walking, the same and in the evening - after 5 hours.
21. Indians for the most part do not like to swim in the sea prefer the lake with fresh water and no waves. Women have never bathed, at least in public.
22. Often, local, mostly young people from non-touristic areas are asked to take a picture with us. Kids just say hello and waving their hands and ask them to take pictures. People aged and willingly pose in front of the lens, and then, with innocent eyes asking "mani mani".
23. The typical procedure is familiarity with the local consists of two issues of "HIV country? Neum? ". Sometimes just asking "Neum?" And satisfied, move on.
24. Children at the sight of us, often ask for "sculptor". Initially we did not understand, and then dismantled - school pen (pen school), apparently, tourists often they are presented.
25. The most common clothing for women - a sari, young men wear jeans and T-shirts, and the older generation often prefer lungi - a rag wrapped around his leg wound on his naked body.
26. In the trains, cars in general (general class), if there are no vacant places, people easily commute to luggage racks. Retrieved on their own experience - on the luggage rack can accommodate up to 3 people + luggage. In class sleeper carriages on the two side shelves can hold up to 5 people - 2 on top, 3 on bottom, and in the reserved seat, where the four of us, here 6 shelves go to Russia, but sleep and sit on them, six, and 9- 10 people, and a bunch of sleep, and sleep in the aisles on the floor and airlocks at entrances and toilets. Each car of type 2 toilets - western style (toilet) and Indian (a hole in the floor).
27. Prices for visiting different parks, palaces, reserves are often different for local and foreign tourists usually 10, sometimes 15 times, e.g., 10 and 150 of Rs.
28. Yoga and Ayurveda - the two big myths about India. In Russia, many believe that in India all Hindus polls do yoga and Ayurveda are treated, but also, and other more common outside of India, and is popular mainly among tourists.
29. In India, a lot of "clean" vegetarians, t. E. Those who not only do not eat meat / fish / eggs, but do not allow the preparation of animal food in the kitchen, or use the same utensils / desk / refrigerator storage and cooking foods. In this regard allocated a special group of cafes and restaurants with a mark "pure vegetarian", which means the complete elimination of any connection with the non-vegetarian food.
30. Milk and milk products (Kurd, lassi) Indians referred to as vegetarian cuisine, explaining that the use of milk the animal does not die, unlike eggs, which are ruined life.
31. Water from bottles drink without touching the bottle and poured directly into the mouth. Us such a trick was a success immediately.
32. Washing machine in the apartment of an Indian - a rarity. And in those families that can afford it, as a rule, use the services of housekeepers, which are cleaned and washed, and sometimes cook. In low-income families hand washed in the river or lake. 33. In India, very cheap labor - 3000 rupees (1,800 rubles) per month for daily cleaning of a 3-room apartment / house and cooking dinner for 3-4 persons. If cleaning is necessary 2 times a day and need breakfast, the salary for such employees will be 5000 rupees a month, even in the expensive city of Mumbai. On the quality of cleaning are not talking, not all the Hindus of the staff, even in hotels or cafes, doing their job properly.
34. The salary of a young specialist in a major city, with experience of 1-2 years, after university in the field of IT or banking is 50-60 thousand rupees.
35. The rent for a house or apartment (3-4 rooms) in a small town is 6-10 thousand rupees, but for a 2-bedroom apartment for 50 thousand in the north of Mumbai.
36. In the southern states in the local buses no windows - just bars on the windows, which can be closed with metal shutters.
37. In the bus through the cabin under the roof stretched rope with a bell on the end. If you need a stop, the conductor or passenger pulls the rope and around the driver is heard tinkling.
38. If the bus at the bus stop away from under the nose, enough to knock on board, the conductor will hear and look out, opening the door, and the driver will stop.
39. Even in the largest and most developed city in the middle of the day you can sometimes see the peasant (probably visiting from the provinces), celebrating small need. To avoid attracting attention, he squats next to a fence, behind a parked car or bus and rolled lungi sitting doing his job.
40. Camel can be bought for 25 thousand rupees - it is convenient to keep it unpretentious in food and can carry large loads. But the elephant - the animal is expensive, but also more profitable, as is very popular among tourists. 41. In India, very cheap mobile communications: in terms of rubles call and SMS at 70 cents, roaming from other states - 1 ruble. Mobile internet 70 rubles per month for 1 GB.
42. Station in any city in the evening and at night turns into a "rooming house" - the majority of Indians traveling in his bag have a blanket or bedspread. In the evening it turns into a bed on the floor in the waiting room or even in the middle of the hall. Bag is used as a pillow.
43. In the northern states, many Indians eat on the floor (and not only in poor families). In this case, the tables and chairs in a house there, but used for other purposes, eg for storing things. Once, at a party, we hesitate to offer to sit on the floor for meals and put on the chairs in front of the high bed, which covered the "table" with treats.
44. Not all local cafes there is a toilet, but the sink for hand washing has absolutely everywhere - it is a mandatory attribute, as most Indians eat with their hands.
45. Street coffee and tea is poured into clay pots, which are automatically disposed of after a couple of rain. Buy from poor pots are cheaper than plastic and paper (1 paper cup costs about 7 cents and clay even cheaper, you can imagine what earns crumbs clinging such dishes).
46. Go to the autorickshaw (intended for passengers sitting in the back) comfortable 2-m people if to make room, then you can take three. Indians also often travel and five of them - the two sides sit down in the front seat to the driver. Door handles and front not only the steering wheel. The seat is narrow and the size does not designed for two people, and especially the three, therefore, not to fall, you hugged from behind the driver's seat. 47. Petrol in India expensive, the price is comparable to Europe, about 70 rupees per liter.
48. Weddings in India, lush even in middle-income - invite all the relatives, friends and even completely unfamiliar buddies. Tourists are also very pleased to see - sometimes when we just passed, we were invited to come, acquainted with the family, offered to take a picture with the bride and groom and treated. On the Indian wedding is usually present between 300 and 1,500 people (sometimes more), and the food is prepared with a margin so that would be enough to double the number of guests.
49. Almost all the wedding vegetarian (except - Muslim wedding) and soft, but with a huge selection of all kinds of dishes and sweets. During our stay in India, we visited eight weddings.
50. Most of the Indians, with whom we got to know closer, those who stayed with whom dinner or lunch, traveling and just spending quality time together - very generous, good-natured, attentive and ready to help at any moment people.