Manners mean a lot in Indian culture.

If you’re new to working with Indians or planning on a business trip to India, it’s crucial you brush up on your etiquette.

Making a great impression can do a lot to ingratiate yourself with your clients and colleagues, making getting things done a little bit easier.

For the next few minutes, we’re going to give you some essentials to be aware of around how to carry yourself.

This includes cultural faux pas, dos and don’ts plus general expectations around manners.

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“To many, Indian thought, Indian manners; Indian customs, Indian philosophy, Indian literature are repulsive at the first sight; but let them persevere, let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas, and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result. Slow and silent, as the gentle dew that falls in the morning, unseen and unheard yet producing a most tremendous result, has been the work of the calm, patient, all-suffering spiritual race upon the world of thought.”

Swami Vivekananda (2015) “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”

1. How to Greet People


2. How to Address People


3. What to Wear


4. Eating Tips


5. Be Careful with Feet

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6. What to Give as Gifts


7. How to Behave in Public


8. Differences with Personal Space


9. Answering Probing Questions


10. Approach to Time


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It’s packed full of info on the culture, mindset, communication style, business practices and etiquette.


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