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Indian Culture

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Clarissa Rico

on 19 June 2013

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Transcript of Indian Culture

Indian family is considered strong, stable, flexible and enduring
Historically, the traditional, perfect and beloved family in India is the joint family.
Joint families consist of three to four living generations, including uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and grandparents living together in the same home.
The head of the family is generally the senior male family member and is respected for his seniority, experience, and good judgment.
Even when English is a common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed.
Secret Life of the Indian Culture
Cultural Resume Pt.1 and 2: Charles Tayag
Values and Beliefs: Clarissa Rico
Cultural Contributions: Jennie Jiang(Wan Jun Jiang)
Intracultural Communication Style: Collin Haworth
Intercultural Communication Skills: Tyler Shiroma

Cultural Resume
Traditions and Customs
Family System and Role Relationships
Education, Type of Employment/Income
India is a county in South Asia, with a population of 1.27 billion people.
Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal
It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide.
They do not eat meat, they pray to multiple gods and goddesses (from the God of Creation, Bhrama, to the God of Preservation, Vishnu), they fast on certain religious holidays, like Karva Chauth, where women fast until the moon comes out for their husbands to live a long, healthy life.
Second most populous country in the world.
India represents almost 17.31% of the world's population, which means one out of six people on this planet live in India.
With the population growth rate at 1.58%, India is predicted to have more than 1.53 billion people by the end of 2030.
50% is below the age of 25.
Over 65% below the age of 35.
72.2% of the population lives in 638,000 villages.
27.8% in about 5,480 towns and urban agglomerations.
Values and Beliefs
Intracultural Communication Style
Intercultural Communication Style
Cross cultural communication is enhanced through taking turns to talk, making a point, and then listening to the response.
Summarize what has been said in order to verify it.
In Indian cultures, business is taken very serious.
Indian cultures have certain etiquette when communicating.
Respect is a big factor in the Indian culture.
Importance of family is very important in the Indian community.
Nonverbal: Bobbing your head back and forth is a sign of understanding something.
Greeting one another with hands folded together in a prayer shape.
Greeting a non-family member as "aunt" or "uncle".
Family drama is what brings them closer.
Cultural Contributions
Technology — Arabic numerals
Religion — Buddhism
Life style — Yoga
Art — Movie
Food — Curry
It originally invented by the Indian scientist.
Changed our life, which made our life more convenient and count everything easily.

Buddhism is one of the largest religions of the United States
the first temple was found in CA in 1854
around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners
promoted to be a vegetarian
3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet
It can control and adjust our breath, mind and emotions, keep healthy
20.4 million Americans practice yoga, compared to 15.8 million from the previous 2008 study, an increase of 29 percent.
Bollywood films are being shown in American cinema more frequently
Indian culture films achieved Oscars
Slumdog Millionaire
Life of pi

India is one of the earliest counties to produce it.
Americans began to accept the Indian food especially curry

Value to the Indian culture means to treat everyone equally with respect and to remain truthful.
Be family oriented
Belief means believing in one God and believing in the truth.
Indians do not believe in
Eating meat
Indians believe in
Respecting their religion, elders, and God.
Not cutting their hair as a sign of respect to their religion.
5 main points of intracultural communication:
-respect (verbal and non verbal)
-family communication
-presenting their family
-non-verbal actions
-physical touch
Religious Sentiments
In India almost anything can be holy.
From a cow to a river, anything can have a religious value.
A man trying to shake a lady’s hand could be seen as overstepping of boundaries, while a lady doing the same to a man could end up sending out a sexual signal.
Sticking to a ‘hello’ with a nod of the head is a safer option as compared to shaking hands, unless the other person puts the arm out first.
India is a conservative country and while it is true that the larger cities do see a lot of flamboyant dressing.
There are various types of wedding in India and while in some places simply putting on bangles on a girl’s wrist is considered a proposal, in others an exchange of flower garlands between the couple is enough.
Education is the number one priority in a typical Indian household.
Parents want their children to be successful in life.
Indians mainly focus on being engineers and doctors.
There are 20 million Sikhs in the world.
A majority of Sikhs live in the Punjab providence of India.
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion
Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good actions rather than merely carrying out rituals
Sikhs believe that the way to lead a good life is to:
keep God in heart and mind at all times
live honestly and work hard
treat everyone equally
be generous to the less fortunate
serve others
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