7 reasons how you know you have been India too long

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#1 Nov 30th, 2005, 18:42
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Please dont get me wrong i dont feel like i have been india too long although some days are little rough,I am glad im here i just came with reasons one day as i was sipping on a chai.
1.when you know what vehicle is coming down the street
by the sound of its horn

2.when you know the sloka by heart that is played over
the loud speaker at the next door temple.
3.when you call your family back home and they dont
understand your english.
4.when you are using ah chah-chah as a noun.
5.when you start using the head bobble correctly.
6.you get bored will riding in the cab
7.and finally when you look in the mirror you cant help
but stare because you look funny.
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yes, I have the head wobble down pat. my friends tell me, "you're doing that head thing again....."

but I don't think I ever got bored while riding in a cab in chennai....
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My husband is forever teasing me that I head bobble without realizing it. I refuse to admit that I'm doing it.

8. When you start to use Indian-English in actual conversations. "This is my Britisher friend from London."
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another reason

This is fun

I'd like to add:
9. When you tell a tout "Naheen" and they actually leave you alone.
(Must be due to that hardened expression brought on by too many offers of red fort postcards/ pashminas/ sarees/ etc....)
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10. When you feel really embarrassed 'cos your visitor from London hugged you in public! (happened to me today )
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11. When you have mastered the art of left hand for washing (see toilet thread for details) and can no longer remember what toilet paper is for ....

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12. when you say "yah yah" with the head wobble (instead of the usual yeah or yes).....

(and then your friends think it's cute and start saying all at the same time yah yah, yah yah, yah yah, yah yah, yah yah,........

hey, you have to be there..... )
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Originally Posted by TYP0 My husband is forever teasing me that I head bobble without realizing it. I refuse to admit that I'm doing it.
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Kind of same here and I had never noticed it until the missus (who is English) pointed out that she finds it increasingly frustrating as she can never decipher it real meaning!!

But during our trip last month she did quite good with the few head bobble's she encountered !!
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yes llama thats funny you say that because it happened to me yesterday to my shock he just left me alone that is one bonus of being here while.
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Yogagal, after your your next visit it'll be "aah, ahh, amman"!

You certainly settled in fast! Love-at-first-sight it seems, except maybe for the food, and it took me a long time to come to like that.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H except maybe for the food....
it was just fried stuff I could not handle....

and as you may have heard, an American food germ put me in the hospital last week, , Indian ones were no problem at all
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in fact llama, after a while you get a certain look in your eye and then touts leave you alone altogether.

also beggars become invisible to you.

with regards to the head waggle, yes, I have it down pat, both the abbreviated version (which means yes) and the full version (which noone really knows what it means). I do the full one once and a while to indians and they are just as confused as what we westerners usually are.
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hahahaha

all these are soooo true~~~

heh heh even if i have been here for only two months, i went back home for one week holiday and my friends too comment on these actions too~~

the ah chah~~

the yah yah

the head bobble

the har~~ ticak~~~

heh heh there was even once i was in a cab back home and i was telling the driver~~~ AH GAY SI Left~~~hahahaha
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I picked up a bug on the plane on the way home a few years ago

So much food poisoning outside India, especially supermarket and fast foods,people will be coming here to get away from it soon!

13. When you take your own bottled tap water from your house to your friends' houses and politely refuse to drink theirs
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sounds like I have been in India too long...



...at least I haven't caught myself saying "prepone." then it *would* be time to go.
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