Being asked about your salary

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#16 May 18th, 2007, 19:28
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post We need to remember that the person asking the questions is doing so out of friendliness and isn't trying to offend you; they think it's OK to ask those sorts of questions.
True, the fun bit is you're entitled to ask it back. Before you know it that train ride will be over (What I also liked is even (lower?) middle class folks frankly telling you about their financial worries and daily mishaps and so on -- whereas in the west no one will ever let on that life isn't all good if they can help it.)

It's obviously a class thing, you're more likely to run into this in e.g. sleeper class. People complain the upper train classes are "not real India" because no one talks to you Damned if you, damned if you don't eh.

(btw Politely avoiding the whole thing isn't impossible. Prop a book in front of your nose -- and hope it doesn't get passed around the cabin for all to comment on. Another good conversation starter in itself.)
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Those are good. I would say not enough also and tell them how expensive it is to live here.

I also get the "where are you from" question all the time, and alot of times I say, "My mother".
I love that one!
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well..these all questions are just out of their quest for understanding the foreign culture..the way u live..

Its not that they mean to offend you or something..

but you can understand it in a similar way as you coming to India to understand the culture and other dynamics..

these guys cannot afford to go to your country and do that..hence they take the oppurtunity to learn from you..

Infact it has happened to me several times..when we travel in general bogeys and local buses the villagers do ask us all sort of questions..because they have not even seen Delhi and they are curious to know about the the lifestyle here..
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"What is your religion?"

---it just cropped up in another thread how hard it is to explain not having one!
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a) i dont have to think twice to buy a burger
b) How you doin )
c) Not much
d) Less than yours saar ji )

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post "What is your religion?"

---it just cropped up in another thread how hard it is to explain not having one!
hmm... stretch that into answering this one. You can say 'its against my religion to tell my income'.
I can bet 3.50 Rupees you will not be questioned on it.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post "What is your religion?"

---it just cropped up in another thread how hard it is to explain not having one!
Too hard, even worse is the look of absolute confusion on the face of the person who asked.

It's as if the person just can't understand how anyone can live without religion.

It tought me a lot about how much religion means to people in India.
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Originally Posted by Indojingai View Post hmm... stretch that into answering this one. You can say 'its against my religion to tell my income'.
I can bet 3.50 Rupees you will not be questioned on it.
yeah sure..then you would have to spend another hour explaining the religion you belong too...
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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post yeah sure..then you would have to spend another hour explaining the religion you belong too...
hmm... didnt think of that.

You can name any odd religion ... just say there is that one sect you follow in your city and a babaji type guy says not to talk about materialistic things...
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How much do you earn ?

Depends on who is asking .

A kid on the street
Ans :- A lot of money
how much ?
1 karode (crore).

A person who really well educated and your friend
Ans:- The truth

A tout
Ans :- I'm poor!, can you lend me some cash

house wives who love to gossip
Ans Quote huge amount and everyone will get the message.
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I like the religion one too. I always say "No religion, don't follow any at all" and 9 times out of 10 they will say "Ah, so you Christian".

As someone else said above, they just cannot comprehend that anyone can live without religion in their lives, personally I think it causes misery and nothing else.

I did meet one auto driver once who was amazed by my non religious status but admitted he was the same. "I only believe in people and nature" he said!
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I like the religion one too. I always say "No religion, don't follow any at all" and 9 times out of 10 they will say "Ah, so you Christian".
But UK was like that up to a couple of decades ago.

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1. tell them you can't remember
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That's another thing.

"How much did that watch cost you?"

"I don't remember" (I don't).

---even more inconceivable than not having a religion!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post "What is your religion?"

---it just cropped up in another thread how hard it is to explain not having one!
See http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?p=337921 for those of you who think WTF?! Bit of a hijacked thread really, it happens
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