Yes or No? Great Indian Head Shake. . . . .

I thought this would brighten a gray, wet November day.


With a little research , I learned the origin of the head bobble… dating back 400 years when the kings in Indian did not like to be confronted with a “no” when they gave an order.  This was true up to and through the Colonial period with the British.  Indian people adapted by not saying no to a request. Well, sort of !  For people from other cultures it can be rather confusing as you can see from this  presentation!

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to Yes or No? Great Indian Head Shake. . . . .

  1. Very interesting! I found it so confusing when I was first confronted with the head shake…!

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  2. Ha ha…yes many a times it is considered impolite to say a blunt No. Hence the Yes/ No shake. 🙂
    Btw My book is again available for free purchase till sat on Amazon, just in case you wish to download. The link is


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