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Cover Story WHY WE ARE LIKE THIS ONLY
INSCRUTABLE INDIANS
By Rekha Dixit
Our quirks define us as a nation. From a hatred of long queues to the fondness for fair skin, Indian behaviour has left many scratching their heads. But, why are we like this only?
ILLUSTRATIONS: JAIRAJ T.G. AND DENI LAL
MAMMA'S BOYS
Here is an interesting conversation overheard while waiting for a visa at the US embassy. “You are going to the US with your mother, is that right?” asked the visa official. “Yes,” replied a 30-something Indian male. “Where?” barked the official. “Vegas,” replied desi boy. “You serious, you're going to Vegas with your mother. Did I hear...
TIMELESS CLASSIC
An investment banker from India was five minutes late for an appointment with his clients in a Zurich restaurant. His clients had left. The banker learnt that in clockwork precise Switzerland, every second counts, and being late for a meeting is a terrible insult. Well chastised, he arrived a little earlier for his next appointment. But the Swiss were equally disapproving. Didn't he have...
QUESTIONING QUEUES
Have you heard this one? Operator: Aap kataar mein hai... (You are in queue, please wait), Caller: Not Qatar, I am in India. Which obviously means, “I will not wait in queue.”Why are we so averse to queues? Well, for starters, queues are not fair. There is a distinct class system of VIP queues, whether for a darshan at a temple or for rice at the ration shop, notes sociologist Shiv...
ONLY FAIR IS LOVELY
The Indian skin—firm, smooth, blemishless, pleasant to the eye, afraid of no colour, harmonising with all colours and adding grace to them all. I think there is no chance for the average white complexion against that rich and perfect tint. Mark Twain was a fan of the Indian complexion, and used eloquent prose to describe it. The Indian fixation with white skin is another story and the twain...
NO CIVIC SENSE
CRAZY ABOUT CRICKET
HAGGLING WITH A PASSION
OLD ISN'T GOLD
INNOVATIVE FIXERS
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