Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.
What I was up to other than here:
- Interview With Journey Blogger Rachel Jones Of Hippie In Heels for Flights and Frustrations
- a BIG thank you to everyone who shared my story for Goa Streets! I won first place & will get my story in the paper. It’s not National Geographic, but this blog kind of represents Goa so it’s still a nice milestone for me. Happy Independence day to my Indian readers as well.
Now your story,
ok, it’s more of an observation that a story:
When replying to an e-mail to a guy in Gujarat that I’m attempting to do business with I realized that almost all Indians I work with have an e-mail footer with a similar look to it:
So. Many. Disclaimers.
I am starting a new tiny company in Goa and spend quite a bit of time e-mailing and on the phone, mostly with men in Gujarat. The interesting thing is, most times when I receive and e-mail, they also call me to let me know they’ve e-mailed.
“ma’am, I’ve sent you a mail. Check your mails and revert.”
Indians have a reputation for being very…. thorough. You’ll notice this especially at customs! In business you can see Indian men are very type A and professional, but who knows if that same guy is like the ones who shove me out of the way at the chemist. In business I’m finding Indian men are prompt and call me “miss”; they seem to respect me as a woman. Indian men when I’m out and about in Mumbai outside of business don’t share the same feelings oftentimes.
I think ‘Miss Jones’ likes doing business in India!
Sometimes when I’m being pushed and shoved by men in lines, or men refuse to talk to me at banks, etc because I’m a woman, it can be frustrating. I’ve said to Ben, who rarely feels frustration in India, that he wouldn’t understand because he’s a man… anyways,
This is India!
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