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jbird May 18th, 2007 16:06

Being asked about your salary
 
Hi guys, love the site. This is my first post. Heading to India in September.

Quick question:

What's the most polite and diplomatic way of dodging the "How much do you earn question" while in India?

ba9rn May 18th, 2007 16:08

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Originally Posted by jbird (Post 337550)
Hi guys, love the site. This is my first post. Heading to India in September.

Quick question:

What's the most polite and diplomatic way of dodging the "How much do you earn question" while in India?

Tell them your Euro figure, but say it's rupees. :)

girlone May 18th, 2007 16:15

Welcome jbird.

On a good day I might say 'How much do you earn?'

On a bad day its more like 'thats none of your business' with a smile.

To be honest, its more the 'Are you married?', 'Where is your husband?', 'Why are you so old (a geriatric 30!) and not married?' that gets to me.

G1

moo May 18th, 2007 16:26

In the temple at Hampi -

Kid - How old are you?
Me - 52.
Kid - How many children?
Me - None.
Kid - Where is your wife?
Me - I haven't got one.
Kid - How many brothers?
Me - None.
Kid - How many sisters?
Me - None.
Kid - I am very sorry for you.

Bless - made my day!

shashank.aggarwal May 18th, 2007 16:43

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Originally Posted by jbird (Post 337550)
Hi guys, love the site. This is my first post. Heading to India in September.

Quick question:

What's the most polite and diplomatic way of dodging the "How much do you earn question" while in India?

Lolz..this is funny..lemme tell what Indians use for an answer..

Q : How much do you earn ?
A : God gives me enough to feed my family and myself. I lead a happy and dignified life.

sirensongs May 18th, 2007 16:57

If I'm in a bad enough mood, which is frequently ;-), I do the Indian Thing: act extREEEMly offended.

"In MY culture, we consider such questions to be very, very rude!"

which elicits a quick apology.

To the one impudent 20 year old who retorted "you are not in your native place," I countered - "If you should come to my country we would not ask you questions YOu consider offensive." That shut him up.

Indojingai May 18th, 2007 17:23

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Originally Posted by sirensongs (Post 337587)
If I'm in a bad enough mood, which is frequently ;-),

Is that right. :D

OP: Just say something that doesnt answer the question but they get to hear something. Few examples: I am unemployed. Not enough. I like monkeys etc etc...

Indian people construe that all foreigner people are very wealthy. (Which is true in exchange rate terms) And since they have never seen any place else they dont know that there are income disparities in 'foreign' places.

machadinha May 18th, 2007 17:28

I'd generally go "so much" (astonishment all around), but then add well a bread is so many rupees, the rent is so many rupees, etc. Would be quickly understood, I've had people inviting me over after such conversations because of my obvious poverty :) (And yes, it would drive home the point that Westerners, too, aren't all rich.)

amyl May 18th, 2007 17:34

Quote:

Kid - How old are you?
Me - 52.
Kid - How many children?
Me - None.
Kid - Where is your wife?
Me - I haven't got one.
Kid - How many brothers?
Me - None.
Kid - How many sisters?
Me - None.
Kid - I am very sorry for you.
:laugh: :laugh:

How about... What does your wife's dad do for a living? :D:D

steven_ber May 18th, 2007 17:37

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Originally Posted by machadinha (Post 337622)
I'd generally go "so much" (astonishment all around), but then add well a bread is so many rupees, the rent is so many rupees, etc. Would be quickly understood, I've had people inviting me over after such conversations because of my obvious poverty :) (And yes, it would drive home the point that Westerners, too, aren't all rich.)

I do the same.

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.

maltabella May 18th, 2007 17:44

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Originally Posted by machadinha (Post 337622)
I'd generally go "so much" (astonishment all around), but then add well a bread is so many rupees, the rent is so many rupees, etc. Would be quickly understood, I've had people inviting me over after such conversations because of my obvious poverty :) (And yes, it would drive home the point that Westerners, too, aren't all rich.)

same for me, and when they realize going out for dinner in europe does not cost less than 1800 rs[shock] , seem to understand not all foreigners are rich.

Nick-H May 18th, 2007 19:09

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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal (Post 337575)
Lolz..this is funny..lemme tell what Indians use for an answer..

Q : How much do you earn ?
A : God gives me enough to feed my family and myself. I lead a happy and dignified life.

Clever. Very clever :D

My wife has all kinds of ways of cleverly sidestepping these intrusive Indian questions. Must be something to do with being Indian! :laugh: Even cleverer is that she often comes away from these conversations able to tell me what the other person does, earns, etc etc. Must be something to do with being Indian :rofl:

TBH, I don't see the point in acting offended, though, being human, the seventy-sixth time might be once too often! Nobody means to offend or annoy with these questions.

Nick-H May 18th, 2007 19:10

Moo, Here's wishing you, at the very least, one sister! :rofl:

ananda2193 May 18th, 2007 19:19

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Originally Posted by Indojingai (Post 337614)
Few examples: I am unemployed. Not enough. .

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".:)

capt_mahajan May 18th, 2007 19:23

Can I just say that it a middle class educated urban professional Indian would find the salary question impolite, but then we/they have more westernised standards of propriety.

The other guys asking you, like steven says are not trying to be rude. After you tell them that (like sirensongs, mach and others ) most will stop.

The rest will now be rude. :)


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