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Etiquette

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Etiquette

Have just read about etiquette in India. We will be staying at a guest house in Feb. next year. One I read seems strange to us, what is the alternative.

"It is not good manners to say 'thank you' at the end of the meal. This is considered as an inappropriate and impersonal gesture. However, it is good etiquette to show appreciation and invite your hosts out to dinner in the future."

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"Never keep your purse or wallet in your back pocket"

Finally, this guest house owner has been very helpful to us, would it be the correct thing to do by bringing her a gift from Australia, if so , what would be appropiate.

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These etiquette are not practice now days. You can go comfortable with etiquette.

the Gift for owner whisky bottle, something that represent Australia

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DEAR

Saying thank you is not a big issue in India , you can always say thank you whenever you feel to do so . Inviting the host for dinner in India is a very good gesture & always welcomed .

YES , never ever keep your wallet in back pocket as it is very easy picking for a pickpocketer . IT is a standard advice for all tourist places .

To give a gift is always a very generous idea . You can gift her photos , watches , books & off course indian ladies love clothes ,jewellary , cosmetics .

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you can say thank you when ever you want it wouldn't be considered bad etiquette

and keeping the wallet in the back pocket has nothing to do with Etiquette, its more to keep your money safe as people tend to steal easily from the back pocket

yes bringing a gift would be nice and to host a dinner would be very much appropriate

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Not sure where you got these notions. There is no problem with saying Thank you or keeping wallet in back pocket ( if want to keep you wallet safe then do not put wallet in back pocket at least in crowded places). Delhi is like any other city in the world, just a bit more conservative than the west

Edited: 13 December 2012, 08:58
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a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/indian-e… This web page mentions my previous comments. The wallet questions is covered under etiquette not security which seems strange to me.

Edited: 13 December 2012, 12:54
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Saying thanks for a good meal can never be a bad attitude anywhere in the world. And it's advisable not to keep your wallet in your back pocket for safety reasons, though most of the locals do.

Indian society adopted western etiquettes long long ago. Even if there are some conflicting traditions, Indians tend to ignore them out of respect for the guests.

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If you have made some friends, then you may bring them some Australian gifts. However, people generally tend to befriend foreigners and that does not mean that you need to bring gifts for all.

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probably this link has not been updated or had been written ages ago

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TravelAlong1980,

You are right. the link is not updated

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