The first fun fact about Indians is that there are not many of them in the world, though statistically they make up 17.3% of the world’s population. Indians often do not identify themselves by their citizenship but rather by their caste, religion, status, region or something other than their own country. Due to some of the unique situations or happenings that take place only in India, the phrase “Indian Mentality” was born to describe those special qualities/characteristics that belong to the people of India. If you are an Indian, you may fume in anger at the facts, but deep in your heart you will know that these 8 fun facts (?) about Indian mentality are absolutely true.
8. Love and Marriage:
Indians are crazy about love and romance. Nearly 95% of the films produced in India have love stories as their theme. Though the lovers on screen get whistles and money thrown on them, in real life falling in love is looked down upon by Indians. Nearly 85% of Indians marry a person chosen by their family. It is really amazing why the same people, who love to watch love stories on screen, hate it so much in their real life.
7. The Bunch of Mute Spectators:
You will find this bunch of mute spectators in every corner of India. They are people who stand and stare mutely when some kind of intervention or help is needed. The recent trend is to pull out the mobile and record the happenings to share with friends and family who missed to see the accident or any other tragic event taking place. Why should somebody miss the chance of being a mute spectator just because they were not present there?
6. This is my motherland, this is my dustbin:
Once Indians step out of their own property, the whole country becomes their dustbin. They spit their chewed paan or gutka, throw wrappers, banana skin and other wastes everywhere. Even those Indians, who follow the rules in foreign land by keeping them clean, suddenly change their ways once their step out of airport. Every Indian says with pride, ‘This is my motherland, this is my dustbin’.
5. Recycling the products:
Even Indians who do not care about plastic waste causing imbalance in the ecology of earth, do store plastic bags, used Pepsi bottles and other disposable things in their homes until they wear off. There will be a plastic cover filled with plastics covers in some corner of an Indian home. The soft drink bottles are put to many uses before being thrown in the garbage. Do not be surprised if you find Indian children squirting each other with water filled disposable injection syringes. We love recycling the products.
4. Indians hate “NO”:
Hearing or saying the word ‘no’ is a big NO in India. When you do not want to buy a product, go some place or eat anything more and say ‘no’, Indians will always insist you do it persistently. Not to be partial, they give you back what you get and never say no to you. If Indians have to answer a question in negative, they tend to become vague, confusing and dishonest to avoid saying the word ‘no’. You have to assume every phrase like “I will try”, “May be later”, “Actually it should have been here” and many other vague sentences giving you hope of possible yes, as a “Hell No!”
3. Never ever give up:
When it comes to unimportant matters that do not involve huge life changing events, Indians show a great quality of never giving up on it ever. The dead battery of the remote will be revived 9 times before being replaced. The tooth paste tube is made to throw out the tiniest leftover paste before being left alone. If the shampoo bottle says the shampoo is over, Indians pour some water and shake the bottle to prove her wrong. Most of the T-shirts play the role of special occasion wear, regular wear, nightwear and mop before dying. The mentality takes frenzy when it comes to cricket. Even when the Indian team faces an uphill task of scoring 80 runs in the last over, you can hear the hardcore fans sending prayers and wishing for a miracle to save the match.
2. Indian love freebies:
If it is free than Indians want it. Be it the chilli flakes with pizzas, ketchup with broiled chicken or the plastic bags handed over at the stores with groceries, Indians just love their freebies and take the maximum out of it. From tissues, toothpicks, fennel seeds or sample products, if it is free, Indians will want to use it even when they regularly do not use them. As mobile service providers do not charge for call not answered, Indians have done away with telegrams to use ‘Missed Call’ as Morse code. It is only in India that you will get to hear “Could you not even give me a missed call?”
1. I am in Hurry:
Being in a hurry and being late goes hand in hand in India. Every person wants to be the first to get in/off the bus or train. The old and weak are often pushed mercilessly. Most of the queues end up as a crowd of people, as soon as one person cuts it off. Even on the roads, every person is in hurry and rarely follow traffic rule. Wonder how Indians end up being late?