8 things in India that just don't make sense

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India is a land of varied races and culture. Though each culture has unique qualities, there are certain common features in all these cultures and they are beliefs and practices that can really be unbelievable. Listed below are craziest and strangest things about India.

1. Expensive Weddings 

Yes, expensive weddings are performed all round the world but they are performed by families who are wealthy. The scenario in India is a bit different. Apart from the affluent section of the society who spend a fortune on their weddings, there are middle class people too who spend a great deal on their weddings. To give a girl in marriage, the bride’s parents not only spend their lifetime savings but borrow money too to become lifetime borrowers. By the time they settle their dues, their second daughter may get ready to be married. The worst part of all this is that not all such marriages are arranged. Even in love marriages, the unwritten law is that the bride’s family arranges for a grand wedding. So, it is expensive wedding on borrowed money.

2. Induced Labor

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While parents spend money in the name of social status for their daughter’s wedding, parents-to-be go for induced labor or c-sections to get their child delivered on a specific date and time. Many Indians believe in astrology and its predictions about stars and their effects. So much so that they plan to have their child at a particular time and date so that the child has a bright future.

3. Uncle And Aunty – Too Many Of Them

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A recently developed culture in India regardless of races and languages is calling any male an uncle and a lady an aunty. A married woman is called an aunty by her unmarried neighbor who may be ten years older than her. The man is also treated thus. A married man becomes an uncle to anyone who may be his age or a couple of years younger or older to him. In most cases, it is unfortunate that those who call them uncle and aunty are the ones who really look like uncle and aunty. It arrives from the fact, that in indigineous languages, you don't address the elders with their names, instead an expression of familial respect is added by addressing them as 'uncle' or 'aunty'.

4. Open Toilets

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It is really strange that India is yet to provide all its citizens the basic facility – toilets in homes. One of the common sights in some rural areas in India is people using remote open areas to answer nature’s call. There is yet another section of the society that urinates on the walls, be it a closed shop or a residence, just about anywhere during an urgency. As a matter of fact, under Modi's regime, cleanliness is being taken as a prior agenda and rapid constrution of toilets has been undertaken for the expanding population.

5. Super Superstitions 

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Many in India are superstitious to the core. They impose so many unnecessary rules on them, that it may surprise you that ho they get any work done. You sneeze when they are about to start an important conversation or when they are about to make a decision and you will find them hold back a while. They consider that sneezing during such moments as a bad sign. Did you ever know that cats were powerful to make a superstitious Indian to go back on his steps? If cats cross their paths as they go out, they will return home and have a glass of water before they step out again. This is however, changing as the education becomes more scientific and has less religious influence.

6. Archaic Traditional Practices

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Traditional practices in India vary as every state has its own culture. Most of the states have a custom where wife is expected to seek the blessing of her husband by falling at his feet on important days like festival times, birthday and wedding day. Women also go on fast for a whole day praying for longevity of their husbands. Though this is rapidly changing, but in some parts of India still, the chauvunism of male knows no bounds, and it's absolutely normal to consider your wife your personal dasi (servant).

7. Animal Worship

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Some animals are considered sacred in India. Cows and snakes are worshipped by many as they are considered gods. There are festivals that are celebrated in honor of cows and snakes. While the same animals might be salughtered for their hide or skin, without worrying about animal rights. These two extreme positions can get hard to understand for a rational mind sometimes.

8. Spitting All The Way

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You need to learn the art of avoiding being a target to spitting, though unintentionally, by someone walking before you or traveling by bus or a vehicle. Spitting is so common a practice in some parts of India that you will find it a real challenge not to be triggered off by such spitting. Mumbai, in fact, has employed spitting inspectors to watch for anyone that spits in public places. It was street corners and the roadsides earlier but now you can find people spitting as they speed fast in their vehicles without any concern for fellow passengers and other commuters. Even inside of buildings are not spared in some places.

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Written by Rohit Aggarwal

Rohit Agarwal is a professional architect who loves travel. He spends most of his spare time in traveling and reading. His passion has extended to sharing his experiences through online platforms. He is a dedicated blogger at Trans India Travels and is a regular contributor on other blogs as a guest writer.
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