One of the things that has confused and yes annoyed the students and us is how Indian people stand in line or don’t, exactly. Here is a picture which tells the story. The concept of personal space does not exit, and I dare say Indian people have no idea about it. As a culture, Americans stand one behind the other not touching others in line. Note the difference in the line in the image. People butt in line and move up at will. There never seems to be malice in thought or act. It just is.
The question came up as to why the Indian parents don’t teach their children not to rudely stare or now butt in line. It is a good culture lesson in that it is not rude to do those things here. Period. It is India and there is a difference. After six months in country, I have just understood the standing in line situation. This is exactly the way they drive, scooting in out our of traffic, moving ahead, even going the wrong way to avoid the stopped traffic. It is just the life in a country with over 1.2 billion people all squeezed into a land mass the size of 1/3 of the US! The population is more than all the people in North America, Central America, and South America combined ! I think I have solved the mystery! Do you agree?
images from Google Public Domain
This Is Incredible India!
What do you think?