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Sleeping arrangements when staying with an Indian Family

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Sleeping arrangements when staying with an Indian Family

Do Indian people stay up late at night or go to bed early?

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1. Re: Sleeping arrangements when staying with an Indian Family

Never before 10.30 p.m.

Dinner after 8.30 p.m. on normal days.

Unless they have to attend first shift early morning or early morning college.

When there is Saturday or a previous day before a public holiday or a festival ,a good company, guests, dinner and drinks, then never before 12.30

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2. Re: Sleeping arrangements when staying with an Indian Family

That is not a question that can be answered. There are over a billion Indians and they all have different personal schedules. Folks are more likely to stay up later in urban areas than in rural ones.

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Indian families are usually excited to have a guest over and gladly adjust. People in metros usually don't sleep before 11pm.

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Guests could also just go with the flow?

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Guess, it just goes with the flow. If we have guests at home, we are willing to stay awake late.

Usually you'll find elderly couple/person or families with kids going to bed early as they are in the habit of doing so or have early morning tasks.

If you are an early to bed n early to rise practicing individual. Feel free to inform your host about it. There are no hard bound rules for it

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In Metros usually people stay up till late. The dinner at 8:30 pm. Even the restaurant in Delhi serve Dinner after 7:30 pm. Sleep by 11 pm.

In Small cities people usually sleep by 9 to 10 pm.

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depend on person to person and what the definition of early to bed means to your host

some people who are Early risers sleep early

and for others sleeping at 11PM is going to bed early

there is no standard time

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In which city are you planning to stay?

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9. Re: Sleeping arrangements when staying with an Indian Family

Dear Maria -

I could well ask you, do people in New Zealand sleep early, and you'd have the same difficulty in framing a response. I'm sure not every New Zealander has the same bedtime rules.

There is a wide variance in the sleeping habits of Indians, depending on their schedules and the composition of the family. Many children go to morning school, which means leaving the house at 6:30 a.m., so in such homes you will find early bedtimes. Many people have long commutes to work, and in such homes too, people go to bed early. Office timings dictate a lot of things - for example, many shops and traditional trading businesses open at 11 am, so the families that are associated with them will often sleep late, because they don't have to wake up early. There are lots of people on night-shifts, whose timings are different from others.

If you want a very broad generalisation, then I would say 10 to 11 pm is the approximate bedtime in the metro cities. Before television became so widespread, people in smaller towns would sleep earlier, but now with so many TV channels those habits are changing too. Still, in smaller towns and villages, bedtime is a little earlier than the big cities.

Typically we eat 3 meals in a day in urban areas - breakfast, lunch and dinner are the three main meals. Many people also have late afternoon tea / snacks often called 'tiffin' or "nashta". In many communities, breakfast is very light or almost non-existent or is made up of fried snacks and tea. Toast and butter and jam and eggs are eaten for breakfast in many places, but if you are in a vegetarian household, you will not get eggs for breakfast. Lunch is a major meal, and so is dinner. In many countries that I have visited people eat an apple for lunch or just a small sandwich, but in India, lunch is almost always a full meal with multiple dishes. Dinner is equally big. Some people who go to work late have one big meal before going - a sort of brunch, and then have tea/snacks in the middle around 4 pm, and then come back home and have dinner with the family. The eating patterns of children are based around their school schedules.

If you provide more info, and ask more specific questions, it will help us to answer you better.

Regards

Deepa

Edited: 03 June 2012, 04:42
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