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#1 Jan 11th, 2005, 03:50
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Dear all,
At the end of this week I will travel to India for a 4 month internship in new Delhi. I have never visited India before and would like to know what kind of close to bring. My guess is that the Indian office environment requires formal dress. Would this mean that a suit and tie are required for for me as a trainee at a development NGO? Furthermore, I would like to know some more about the most important due’s and don’ts at the workplace in India. Hope to receive some interesting feedback. Thank you,
#2 Jan 11th, 2005, 07:11
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Smile Formals...


As a trainee in an NGO, I'm pretty sure that you will not need to wear business formals. In India, a shirt (full or half sleeves don't matter as long as both are of the same size) trousers and shoes are considered formal even in office environment.
If you are likely to meet people for business purposes etc, it is better to have 1 set of coat/ suit/ tie... for such ocassions.
My guess is that in your day to day work you could just wear jeans and T shirts.
If you are really concerned, then just call up the folks here and enquire about their dress code.

All the best and enjoy your stay here.
#3 Jan 11th, 2005, 07:17
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Suit & tie are fine for weddings. I just haven't seen any business done that way. My brother in law wears the company uniform every day and he is a top executive now..
#4 Jan 12th, 2005, 11:28
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true, the usual office dress is quite informal for men. don't worry about that. where are ou going to work?
#5 Jan 12th, 2005, 15:07
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Dress Code: Trousers and Formal shirts, Tie and suits only on specific occassions. You may need to wear them everyday if u are meeting lot of people daily.

On Fridays: Friday Dressing - jeans. T-shirts preferably with collar.

In Indian NGOs, I notice lot of people refrain from wearing western wear as indicated above. They go in for handwoven Khadi clothes...Khadi was the brain child of Mahatma Gandhi and in lot of way it coveys a simple yet elegant way of dressing which goes well with NGO. You get many styles. but as a westerner, u wuld look odd in them, I guess. So just stick to formal trousers and shirts.
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