Indians love vacationing abroad. As the years pass, more and more Indian tourists are traversing unknown routes and going to offbeat locations.
However, their luggage and Visas are not the only things they carry with them. They carry with them a whole new self.
Indian tourists behave differently when they’re travelling abroad. They want to become a part of the place that they are visiting in order to seek validation and easy acceptance.
Part of this psyche behind changing behavioural patterns abroad, is the fact that Indians want to fit in with the surroundings. The fundamental basis for this argument is that Indian tourists are hypocrites. They behave differently in their home country and transform into different individuals when travelling abroad.
Having travelled to a few different countries, I have observed these characteristic traits among fellow Indian travellers.
Here’s how this hypocrisy manifests itself:
THEY BECOME THE UPHOLDERS OF DISCIPLINE
Indians are known for littering and in general not keeping their surroundings clean. However, when travelling abroad they suddenly realise that those “USE ME” structures on the side of the road, are not simply for show. They would never be seen littering on the streets. This, I have seen first hand.
Additionally, they recognize the importance of traffic rules. They won’t skip red lights and won’t honk unnecessarily.
Their usage of the local public transportation also differs. They form queues without whining, don’t push and shove and let other de-board before boarding.
KINDNESS BECOMES THEIR BEST FRIEND
Indians abroad will start smiling at strangers, greet them and perhaps may even engage in small talk.
They hold the door for others and show immense patience and conviction while carrying out a task.
WHAT’S WITH THE ACCENT?
This is perhaps one of the most crucial developments that takes place when Indians travel abroad.
Two hours into the trip, they develop a fake accent. Granted that learning a few phrases in the local language is helpful, but developing an accent seems rather appalling. However, the worst part is that when they get back to India, that accent persists, God knows for what rhyme or reason.
One of my friend’s was in the USA for a few weeks and when she came back, she had that fake accent.
SELF STIMULATED INTELLECTUALISM
Indians are inherently in laymen terms “show offs”. This fits itself within the context of intellectualism.
When Indians travel abroad, they develop an interest in the ‘heritage and culture’ of the new place. They probably haven’t visited a single museum or heritage site in India, but walk into a MOMA or a Van Gogh, after standing in long queues like it’s their jam.
They pick up pamphlets and maybe even audio guides and pretend to understand and comprehend the ‘meanings’ behind Dante’s and Da Vinci’s famous works. After all, they have to brag about it when they come back.
“OMG, WHY ARE THEY BEING SO LOUD?”
There is no doubt in the fact that Indians are the torchbearers of being loud. It’s somehow just engraved in us all.
But when vacationing abroad, Indians somehow become averse to loudness. They begin criticising others for being loud when they themselves would do the same thing, when in India.
My family and I were once on a train from Salzberg to Vienna and were indulging in a playful game of charades, when this man comes and asks us to “keep it down”. He was on vacation with his family too and was evidently Indian.
LOOKING DOWN UPON FELLOW INDIAN TRAVELLERS
Most often than not, Indians who are travelling abroad, get an ego boost. They feel like they’ve completely immersed themselves in the new culture (having spent 5 days there) and begin to behave condescendingly towards all those fellow Indians who are perhaps deviating from this set ‘standard’.
CONSTANTLY CRITICISING INDIA
One thing which Indians do when they go abroad, is that they constantly criticise India. You’d often hear people saying things like “OMG, this is so clean”, “This place is so safe”, “India is so dirty”, “India is backward in this regard” without realising that they themselves form a part of the ‘criticisms’ they inflict upon India.
This is something that is universal to all Indian travellers.
What drives them to behave in polar opposite ways in the home country and abroad perhaps varies. Maybe it’s the obsession with the West that has engineered such a behavior. Maybe it is the strength of law and order enforcement abroad.
Whatever may be the reason, one thing is for sure, that the average Indian is malleable to changing surroundings.
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