There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the world that can stop us, Indians, from enjoying a holiday the way we want to. The great Indian traveler definitely outshines the rest of travelers in many ways.
A little witty, a little teasy and a little on your face, here’s a list of things.
1. If you don't ask for discounts, you're not an Indian. Because in India, every transaction — EVERY transaction — is negotiated. Merchandise, cab fare, restaurant bills, wedding dowries — the list is endless.
2. Hate it or Like it, we will stare at everything/everyone on the road. Couples, girls, boys, uncles, aunties, fellow Indians, foreigners with a gaze that can put x – rays to shame.
3. While we're shopping in a foreign land, we will inquire rates and prices of 80% of display products in the window not because we intend to make a purchase but to make sure we are updated on all the current rates.
4. Feed us the best local food but we will still rummage the fridge for left over daal chaal (Indian food) and finally settle for some good old Maggi (bring it back. Now. Now. Now).
5. We ask personal questions like relationship status and monthly salary from newly found friends on bus/train ride.
6. After the trip, a part of our luggage will have a loot of goodies, jam, scented napkins and cookies that we have secured from our hotel room and flight.
7. The intensity of our liking on the road is directly proportional to nationality, regionality, and community and people who share the same surname as ours have a special place in our hearts forever.
8. Indian travelers are adjusting and accommodating in every imaginable situation of life. From sharing our bed with fellow travelers (who fancied dropping in without a notice or warning) to sharing our reserved train berth with the pushy aunty and her three kids.