Saturday, 6 January 2007

Social Behavior in Mumbai

Although Mumbai is the cosmopolitan city it is still a rather conservative society. Therefore it is important to be sensitive to local customs and culture.

Do not dress in scanty or tight clothing. You might draw unwanted attention.

Holding hands and kissing is permitted only in Bollywood films but never in public. Cops mind lovers’ business.

Do not get frustrated by delays, bureaucracy or inefficiency. Its normal.

Keep waiting and keep cool. The concept of time and punctuality is rather vague.

Traditionally, Indians use the right hand for eating, use your right hand for giving, eating or shaking hands as the left hand is considered to be unclean.

When visiting religious places, wear clean, modest clothing (shorts and vests are inappropriate) and remove shoes before entering temples.

When visiting an Indian function, do not be surprised if you are piled with big range of assorted snacks and cocktails and then faced with a full buffet dinner, which is often eaten standing up and once the meal is finished; the party comes to an abrupt end.

Do not expect privacy or personal space.

When in Mumbai, do as Mumbaikars do.

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The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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