How to date an Indian (South Asian)?

To come close, to an individual, one should be aware of their background especially, if that individual is of a different ethnicity.

In order to date a South Asian, let’s go back in history of this individual’s allegiance and culture, and that will help get some common grounds to date an Indian.

South Asians belong to the Indian subcontinent, which cover most of the South Asia.

India was occupied by England in 1857, and they ruled until 1947. This introduced India to many English customs such as drinking tea, eating chips, enjoying a game of cricket.

Indians also follow their etiquette's such as greeting people; their kind of eating habits usually with a fork and a knife.

English was also introduced as a language in schools as a form of education and gradually people became affluent in this language. Today, English language is used in Government administrations and public places.

The largest spoken language in this country is Hindi, and there are about 422 million of people affluent in this language.

Many religions are practiced in this country. Infact, this is an extremely religiously diverse and tolerant country. Hindus constitute about 80.5% of the country followed by 13.4% Muslims, 2.3% Christians, 1.9% Sikhs followed by Buddhism (0.8%) and other religions. Most popular festival celebrated by Indians is Diwali.

Today this country is developing three folds in the fields of education, health care, information technology (IT). India does international and global trades and invests in business ventures, while outsourcing, human resources.

Rajma Chaval (red kidney beans curry with rice)
Rajma Chaval (red kidney beans curry with rice)
Chicken curry
Chicken curry
Jalebi Dessert
Jalebi Dessert
cricket is their passion
cricket is their passion
traditional sari
traditional sari
tradition dress on men
tradition dress on men

Customs

Indians when mingle amongst each other, they use the term, “Namaste” to greet each other. This is another way to say “Hello” Namaste is spoken at the beginning of a verbal communication. Two hands are joined together when saying this word and the hands can be folded when departing.

Namaste refers to, “divinity in me, salutes divinity in you”.

In most indian families, younger men and women are taught to seek blessings of their elders by bowing to them.

Food

Food is an essential part in all cultures. Indian food is as diverse as the religions in India and many culinary styles are seen in this country. They vary from salads to spices and curries dipped in various kinds of breads. Desserts are found in plenty, in this culture. Some famous mouth watering meals are Rajma Chaval, Aloo Puri, Chicken curry. Delectable desserts are Kheer, Gulabjamun.

Attire

Popular styles of indian dress include draped garments such as sari for women, kurta/churidar for men.

Red bindi is also worn on the forehead by indian women. Women wear sindoor, a red traditional powder on the parting of their hair. That signifies that the woman is married.

Sports

Hockey is the national sport of this country but, Cricket is the popular sport of India. People literally sleep, eat, breathe in front of their television sets if there is a cricket match going on.

Music

Music plays an integral part of this community. Indians love music, and they have it everywhere. Music surrounds marriage ceremonies. Music is seen in movies where the actor and actress sing songs and dance around trees.

Entertainment

Bollywood is famous amongst all Indians since, songs and music is a part of making movies.

Bollywood music

Above are the main characteristics of an Indian.

If you ever approach an individual of Indian origin, you will have quite a few things to rant about his background and am sure this will help you both get a common ground somewhere.

As you can see, an individual born in this ethnicity is respectful and has cultural values. This human values freedom, knowledge, hard work, appreciates wisdom and believes in karma and destiny.

Good luck!


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Relationshipc profile image

Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Hockey? Really? That is something I didn't know.

I would love to go and visit and India in my lifetime. I feel as though I lived there in one life or another, and I just feel a connection to the people, customs and especially the food.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Hockey is the national sport of India? I had no idea; I would have bet money it was cricket or soccer! See how little I know! :) Very interesting, Ruchira! Thank you for the education!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi relationshipc,

Yes, hockey is their national game. Sure, you should visit this country.

good luck!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Bill,

Nah, it is not soccer or cricket...hockey it is :)

I am glad I saved your bucks ;) Cheers!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Very interesting, thank you. My dating days are far behind me, but I would have bet on a more traditional approach.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ruchira! How very interesting this is. I appreciate learning as much as possible on all cultures. You've done a great job......even though I won't be dating. LOL...My husband wouldn't be too happy about it. It's helpful that you've pointed out the importance of knowing a person's background and ethnicity, to more sensibly approach a relationship! ...UP+++


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

An interesting and awesome write. Voted up.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

haha...sure Mhatter99. But to approach a person after knowing their ethnicity helps spark a casual conservation. Cheers!

Hi Paula,

Exactly, knowing a person's background and ethnicity helps in many ways. sure, you don't wanna date someone at this junction of time :)

Hi Nithya,

Thanks for your appreciation


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Thank you for sharing some helpful advise and wonderful descriptions of such a beautiful and respectful culture.

Namaste


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I learned so much from reading this Ruchira. I love to learn about different countries and their culture. I was impressed when the young people bow to their elders. We could learn here to treat our elders with more respect. Thank you for sharing..I enjoyed...


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Lipnancy 3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Your Bollywood movies are some of the coolest that I ever seen.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a great hub, Ruchira. Very intersting. I was surprised about the hockey also! Who would have thought that. (I used to love to play hockey when I was growing up). Thanks for sharing. Rated UP/A/I/U


Arun 3 years ago

Nice one - I didn't know about hockey either :(


femmeflashpoint 3 years ago

Ruchira,

I see some familiar and respected faces amongst your commenters. Obviously, they have very good taste. :)

This was a truly enjoyable read and I learned a good many new and interesting things!

One of my most favorite writers grew up in India, and because of him, I have always have a rather dreamy interpretation of the country. However, I think that in many ways, "dreamy" could likely describe many things about India.

And, like the others, I would have neverrrr guessed "hockey". :)

femme


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Ruchira , Perfect hub ,what a chance for me to say that the most beautiful women in the world are probably Indian ! Those dark dark eye's , hypnotizing at least , That olive skin .Ooohhhh! lol.......Seriously awesome hub , awesome woman !


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

what an interesting hub.. very interesting and you know Ruch.. call me blind-sighted.. but I always thought the Indians were the last of all races to entertain a relationship outside their own race... hmm thank you for this wonderfully.. and educational.. yeah Im going to say educational because I learned so much :)


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Johnjfernando 3 years ago

Wow! I have Indian background in me, but was born and raised in Canada my whole life. We take hockey very seriously over here and after reading your hub, I've realized that I should really go and take a look at my background, having been an outcast and Canadianized for so long. I feel like I finally located that one part of my life that has been missing for so long and its located in India where they have hockey as there national sport. I can't wait to also try out there different style of clothing as well. Definitely Voted Up! :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I enjoyed reading this post, Ruchira. I love learning about other cultures and their customs. The Bollywood is becoming quite popular, even in the US as it relates to those who reside here. I love the dress and foods of India. It is good to have this information, even though I am not in the dating arena.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Its nice of you to give a broad overview of the cultural factors Ruchira, really interesting and illuminating, I'm sure. voted up!


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This is good to know - the food and the music are definitely definitive of the culture. Most of my Indian friends wear American clothing though.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Ruchira, I found this really interesting as I have always wanted to visit India, I have 2 very good indian friends from work, and I love the culture of india, voted up! nell


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Very interesting facts and different presentation bout India, voted up, Ruchira


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Love Indian food too, Ruchira, one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing this!! Am sure it'll help the singles out there. Sharing!


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Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Ruchira it is glory of our land and it also a story of yours and mine.Thanks to share.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting hub! Read it with a smile :)


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ahorseback 3 years ago

And -Namaste! right back atcha !


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub packed with helpful information. It sure serves an ideal guide for many who want to get acquainted with Indians. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Ruchira you have very nicely explained the Indian customs. Thanks for sharing Indian culture with our readers.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared too.


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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Interesting Hub, I grew up in England, Birmingham and the school I went to was 70% Indian so it was rather easy for us to date Indian girls back them. They were very westernized so the culture never really got in the way of anything however there would always be difficulties in being introduced to the family.


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

And ruchira you forgot to tell that National cricket stars are treated like Gods here. They are more popular than most movie stars. Very nice hub. Voted it up.


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lifetips123 3 years ago from Trivandrum

Hi ruchira, it is nice to get tips on dating as i havnt dated any till.:) thanks. keep in touch. voted up and awesome.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very interesting facts Ruchira!


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Life Iz Beautiful 3 years ago from India

Hey Ruchira, nice hub. You summarized our country, very beautifully and presented to the world via this hub.

have a superb day ahead.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

South Asian also means Nepalese, Pakistanis, Bhutanese, and Bangladeshis. However, India is the largest country in South Asia, and shares boarder with every south Asian countries.

But anyways, I enjoyed reading this short introduction on Indian culture and life style. I believe these dating tips really work.

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