How is India viewed outside India?
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Ranjith Kumar, Business Analyst at Capgemini
Few years back, I got in touch with a Swedish girl who took few MBA courses in IIT Bombay (through Student Exchange program from KTH university, Stockholm) and now, she is back in Sweden. I would have never imagined that any person from the Western world would regard India so high.
- Her food preferences changed so drastically in those few months in India that she feels the food back at her home as bland. She in fact learnt few north-Indian dishes which she prepares occasionally at her home. She got in touch with few Indian students studying in KTH and surprises them with the recipes that she prepares.
- She learnt Hindi during her stay in India. It didn't stop there. She is continuing the advanced level back at her home too.
- The day she got to know about the 2 Swedish guys who made it to Bollywood (These hilarious Swedes shunned banking careers to try to make it in Bollywood - now they're going viral), she literally posted a rant on fb as to how much jealous she feels on knowing about it.
- Whenever I try to tell her how Sweden is in fact a great country too, she immediately retorts with something like this:
Me: Agreed that India is good and you are head-over-heels about it, but Sweden isn’t bad either. It’s a very peaceful country which never fought a war
She: Ohh yeah, why would we bother to attack any country. We are so lazy. And why would anyone bother to attack Sweden - a country so north and so cold?
Me: Hmmm, many surveys say that people in the Nordic countries are the happiest ones when compared to any other country.
She: Try finding out which country has the highest per-capita consumption of anti-depressants
Me: Ohhh my goodness!!! I didn't know that. But perhaps you should be feeling uneasy with the crowd in India
我:噢我的天哪! ! !我不知道。但也许你会对印度的拥挤人群感到不安
She: On the contrary, I feel it exciting. And that's the reason I always prefer the sleeper class in railways while traveling. I like taking the ‘best’ buses in Mumbai. I like the warmth of the people. It is very much unlike the reclusive nature of people in my country.
- She attended the Art of Living classes and she speaks at length about its usefulness
- Whenever there is news of any Swedish company(IKEA, Volvo, Ericsson) expanding their services in India, she shares such news excitingly with all of us.
- After leaving India in 2014, within these couple of years, she came back on a vacation to India 4-5 times. In fact, provided a job opportunity, she is very much willing to come down to India and settle here itself.
- She knows more about areas and street food in Delhi, Mumbai etc than I do.
It’s quite interesting how someone can get smitten by India so much
Alex J. Pizarro, Student biologist, observer and learner.
I’m from Mexico and from the United States, I’ve never been to India, but I have a great interest for the country. Here is the societal attitudes towards India I have encountered from where I live:
From the older Western folks.
For some reason, age groups seem to have a different perspective of the country, and coming from adults and older, in my experience, leans more towards the negative.
The western media plays a strong influence, and the only things that are reported from India are things like poverty, crime, overcrowding population, water pollution, diseases, etc. The 2012 Delhi gang rape was scandalized by the media when it happened.
Most of them give me the attitude of “Sure, they have an exotic culture, but everything else is bad.”
I’d like to emphasize here, this is from my experiences. I’m not claiming the entire U.S. or Mexico is like this. However, all of this has come from the adults I have discussed india with.
From the younger Western folk.
This includes myself. The younger generation has more a fresh view on India, and we are all aware that the media is not a reliant place when one wants to know about other country’s culture truthfully.
From fellow young people that I have encountered, we are all aware of India’s problems, but we still have a very optimistic view regarding the culture, perhaps too optimistic.
Younger people from here mostly see India as the ultimate soul searching country, the country where you find your individualism, an incredible diverse country in all sense, a country with an incredible ancient and fascinating history that is still very present.
Sure, I’ve met young fellow people that are not interested in India’s history or going there, but most of them have told me they do acknowledge the rich cultural and very interesting aspects.
[Edit] This is a response to a couple of comments: I’m not a hopeless optimistic, I do know about the cases of racism, the shadow of the caste system, the tourist scams, the unfair poverty, the lack of hygiene in some areas. I do have to admit it makes me sad.
However, one must realize India is a complex country. These problems have historical, governmental and economic roots that cannot put the entire blame on the people of India. Therefore one must not take these things personally.
My fascination of India lies with it’s complexity and intensity. Its history, its people, its architecture, the religions, its diversity, its politics, the food, landscape, weather. And when one talks about complexity, one should realize it includes both good and bad, just like any other country.
I do not expect it to be perfect, rather, I expect to have a huge cultural shock. A shock that makes me rethink of myself, of my own country, of my life, of my worldviews, of my opinions, of India itself. If I travel there I would like to experience and learn something that only India could teach me.
Subhronil Rakshit, poor but with a lot of opportunity
Sometimes I think I was born with this love inside of me. Cause I don’t remember when I fell in love and when I was such as how I am now. But I know one thing best – I am not different from that, we are one whole together. I am Irada from Azerbaijan and this is my story about my endless love, about Bharat. About India. I was 4 years old when my late father took my little hand and took me to a Bollywood movie for the first time. It was “Disco Dancer”. I watched this movie again, but I only remember music and colors during the first time. After that movie, there were a lot of other movies like “Pasivadi Pranam”, “Khoon Bhari Maang” and etc. While I was a pupil, my acquaintance with India depended only on movies. I imagined this land of fairytale, beauty, music, love, passion, beautiful nature places on my dreams. I fondly remember that I took a curtain of our home and wore it as sari dancing in front of mirror. While I grew up as young girl, I began imagining my love-hero (as in Indian movies) because there began an era of Shahrukh Khan. I changed into a romantic girl with his movies which idealize life and relationship, who waits longer for a lifetime hero hoping to find someday, who believe in beauty and all best thing in life and love. I truly thank India for my inner world which is full love, beauty and light. But I think the main period in my story began with my history study at university. Now India opened itself for me on a new page. I began to learn its history, culture, its Veda and Yoga philosophy. I began to discover India in reality. And since last 15 years this learning process influences me deeply. I felt that I was changing. My thoughts, my feelings – they were differ now.
Jeevan Sharma, lived in India
My friend from Kazakasthan: “ I love Indian film. Especially when they start dancing with drums, out of nowhere.”
My geneticist friend from Russia “I am so big fan of Mithun. If I go to India, I will do whatever I can to meet him. I love him. Even my mother and brother love him”
Friend from Taiwan “Almost all the Indian I have met are IT guys”
My chemistry professor “I do not like like the mentality of Indian men, especially their attitude towards women, crime, rape. It is scary.”
My feminist and antifascist friend “I think ultra-right sentiments are growing in India. I do not like their nationalistic attitude. They are repeating our history”
My guest “ Man ! I could not hook any Indian girl. They are so shy. No luck !”
My collegue from Philipines “I knew about India after I watched 3 idiots”
My female friend from Poland “I wanna go to India and be sadhus and smoke weeds.”
My friend from Germany “I went to India and became sick. Now I do not want to go again.”
I met a guy from Denmark. We were talking about favourite movies. Then he said, I recently watched one movie, I do not know its language but it was amazing. Its name was. He pronounced it like “ Baa-UU-Baa-Lii” It was Bahubali.
我遇到一个丹麦人。我们在谈论最喜欢的电影。然后他说，我最近看了一部电影，我不知道是什么语言，但电影太棒了。他试着说了下电影的名字" Baa-UU-Baa-Lii "，就是巴里。
My friend “ I had an Indian boyfriend. But he had bad breath. Is it true, Indians do not care about their hygiene ?”
My friends from Nepal “India is our worst neighbour. It’s so sad we can not change our neighbour.”
My German professor “We often go to Indian restaurants and eat chicken tikka”
My travel partner from France “I want to go to India. But is it safe to go there as a solo female traveller?”
My friend Spain “ I wanna go to India, wear Sari and play Holi”
Alex Nikov, studied at India
As a Russian, I will make a list over my answer:
1.Russians tend to think of India as a good friend of ours. Maybe, since the days of the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation today, India has been the only country that we can trust. Russian weapons are widely known in India, and many Russian companies are working in India as well. We are very friendly.
2.India is the land of ancient civilization. Yup.
3.However, like majority of the world, Russians also think that India is the land of slums and poverty, based on the fact they have over 1.25 billion people and a low GDP/per capita.
4.Also, many people of Russia, sadly, believe, India is the land of raping women. Because of this fear of rape, not many Russians wanna go out at night.
5.Indians have many appearances in the Internet worldwide. So many Indians.
6.Taj Mahal - well, this is what hit us first. Then, later will be New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Also, cricket is so popular there.
7.Majority of Russians also believe India is a full Hindu nation, based on the fact that Hinduism has replaced Buddhism as a sole religion in the 7th century and still exists today; or even the wars with Pakistan - a Muslim nation.
8.Russian scholars love translating mystical Indian books for the young Russians to read. It can be traced to Buryatia or Kalmykia too.
One book I read about India, is the Ramayana. I am impressed on how India is so beautiful and mystique for me. This is what I know about India as a nation. Also, Indians are depicted in some books like Midnight Children, which I have read as well; and I am seeking some poems by Rabindranath Tagore. However, due to current influence of media and even, Hollywood to Western movies, India is depicted as a poor country despite the fact that they are now the 7th largest economy on the planet.
My apology, if I lack knowledge. Really, I found India, I found myself to be safe and quiet, than I mention.
Abhijeet K Debsharma, works at Self-Employment
- Britishers (UK) - This land was also our colony.
- USA - Good market for business.
- Pakistan - Our enemy.
- Bangladesh - Put them down in any cost (through photoshop editing or collage whatever).
- Srilanka - Responsible for LTTE insurgency.
- Nepal - Murderers of our Kings Family.
- Bhutan - India is like our big brother.
- China - They captured our land and named it Arunachal and Sikkim.
- Afghanistan - India is a good country. Indians are genuine.
- Russia - Land of Raj Kapoor “Mera juta hain Japani”.
- New Zealand - Very polluted and dirty environment.
- Japan & Singapore - Land of Subhas Chandra Bose.
- Germany - Land of our crush Shahrukh of Kal Ho Naa Ho (Note - “Kal Ho Naa Ho” is one the most popular foreign film in Germany).
- South Africa - Land of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Saudi Arabia - Country of Hindus.
- UAE - Wow, Bollywood.
- Indonesia - This land has old connection with us. A great land , land of Mahabharat and Ramayan.
- Myanmar - Be careful, they are giant and also a nuclear state.
- Israel - Oh India, our old friend.
- Lebanon - Ssshhh, they are friend of Israelis.
- Mauritius - We are their descendants.
- Australia - May be they are better in many field, but not better than us.
- North Korea - Our friends friend (Russia's friend).
- South Korea - A good importer. Please deal with them as much as possible.
- Thailand - One of our largest tourist.
- Iran - Many our Parsis settled there (centuries ago), like family of Tata, Godrej and some Iranis.
- Canada - Oh, land of Punjabi's.
- Morocco - Hmm land of Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir.
- Fiji - Many of us from there.
- Guyana - Our big brother.
- Turkey - Songs of Bollywood are very melodious.
Murali Krishna U, Engineer TechSavvy Entrepreneur Startupmentor Multilingual
I am an Indian and this message is not biased because I am Indian. I have been travelling to different Asian countries last few years on work and pleasure. I live in China. This answer reflects how people recieve me
1.Language ability - India itself have 18 local languaguges and language learning ability comes natural to Indians. In addition Indians study English from childhood which gives a natural communication. Most people in China are fascinated about our ( also other Indian friends over here ) who can talk Mandarin better than their English ( nothing personal ). I just say this ability is due to interest in learning. I saw many Chinese friends who speak very good English too.
2.Rumali roti 飞并- My friends “ Flying Pan cake “ as they are very familier with this and many Indian work here in small restaurents just to prepare this. They love it and always inquire me about this and if I can make this “ Flying pancake “
3.Dangal - This is a new development. Who ever I met, first word they say is that they watched this film and they loved it.️
4.Information technology: Whole world see India as a hub for information technology. India had been a exporting its IT skills for decades now.
No doubt there are some negative aspects which outside people think off
1.Polygamy and gender inequality: Chinese people still think that Indian men can marry many women. Also think that some are treated as lower society compared to men. But I have been trying to explain everyone that polygamy is illegal in India and gender inequality is at its minimum in modern India.
2.India oil : Oh! It's a cultural shock to me when I came here and loads of questions about the India oil. Do you know what is this about ? people in China and Hongkong think that using this oil can enhance XXX capabilities. Oh my God! Frankly, I haven't heard this in India and don't know how these guys importing from India. Many people do business in this product and understood it's a hot selling product .
3.Rape cases : the incidents like Nirbhaya case was internationally covered and every one thoughts about India is giving this impression. This is most asked question to me where ever I go and most embarrassing moment to answer this even. This is individual responsibility to keep India out of this kind of image. we still need time to erase this impression on India.
Hope this helps !
Anisha Lohani, lives in India
My Korean and Filipino friends tell me amusing things about India.
2.A K-Pop song+Yoga= the most ‘it’ thing right now. Thanks, India.
3.“You have Pakistan. We have North Korea. You deal with terrorists. We deal with missiles.”
4.India is popular for Buddhism.
5.Shah Rukh Khan is a very famous guy in India, it seems.
6.India has 3 popular films- ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
7.“Namaste! Jai Ho!” Joins hands and bows a bit*
8.Indians love to eat spicy food.
9.Taj Mahal is what everyone wants to visit.
10.Indians know English really well and use it more frequently (than Koreans).
11.Daler Mehndi’s ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’ is the most popular Indian song there (till date), which makes them believe that we love to dance anytime.
12.India gave them Naan+Curry combination.
13.Mahatma Gandhi is a great man.
14.Indians are good at studies.
15.Indian men are macho and definitely kinder than how they are portrayed.
16.India is a veryyy hot country.
17.“Wait, how do Chinese-type people exist in India?” [With reference to North East Indians.]
18.There’s European market. There’s Asian market. And then there’s Indian market.
19.Indians have beautifullllll eyes (with double eyelids) and cute noses.
20.“OMG, India has several languages other than Hindi and English?” shocked
1.Indians love to throw colors (Holi).
2.Diwali is a popular festival.
3.Indians believe in snake-charmers and astrology.
4.Tagore is a popular man.
5.Taj Mahal is the most romantic thing.
6.Indians are polite.
7.Indians are very good at Maths and Science.
8.Indians give preference to Engineering and Medical. (Many Indians study Medical in the Philippines.)
9.India has many popular films, of which these 4 are popular- 3 Idiots, Slumdog Millionaire, Student of the Year and Ghajini.
10.“I think I know Aamir Khan.”
11.Indians spend a lot on weddings. They love to dance.
12.‘Mahal Kita’ is easier than ‘Main tumse pyaar karta hoon’.
12、菲律宾语的“我爱你”比“tumse pyaar karta hoon”容易得多。
13.Sari looks difficult to them.
14.“All is well.”
15.India is just India. It’s too big and has its own space.
16.“Indian food is a delicacy. We love curry as well.
17.Everyone knows how to do Yoga in India and everyone does it too.
18.“So, you’re telling me that Indians wear bright & heavy cloths on certain occasions, right?”
19.Indians have a pretty face.
20.“We also have Tagalog, Cebuano, Waray, etc. But we also use English more.”