10 overseas perceptions about Indians
“People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a human nature -we judge a book by the cover; we generally have an opinion about something or someone as soon as we see them. Most of these opinions and judgments are based on our preconceived notions resulting from the first impressions. These perceptions are often based our own ‘assumption’ and opinion about someone or something, that may or may not be true.
So, what kinds of perceptions and preconceived notions they have about people from India in other courtiers?
Here are some of the overseas perceptions about Indians:
1. Quiet, introvert, reserved: The people from India are considered to be reserved and a little shy; they are perceived to be a bit isolated from other communities, minding their own business. This perception is true to some extent, especially for the first generation of immigrants who tend to focus on their own lives and their own occupations. Many times, their socializing is limited to a circle of Indian friends and families, or acquaintances from Temples/Gurudwara gatherings etc. The tendency to isolate from Western or American society is not uncommon. This may be the fear of ‘unknowns’ in some cases, and the human nature of ‘birds of a flock..’ in others.
2. Hardworking: The perception that Indians are hard-working is true in most cases. An immigrant generally tend to work much harder to succeed in a foreign land, especially for the first generation folks who have language barrier and are new to the American culture. They have to deal with so many new challenges and hard work is the way around.
3. Frugal: Not sure how true this one is, this may a generational thing again, but Indians are assumed to be frugal. However, the older generation of Westerns is also frugal when it comes to spending. This could be due to their personal experiences of economic ups and downs. The Indians are often known for searching for best deals, and they always tend to drive a hard bargain.
4. Good work ethics: People from India are generally considered to have good work ethics. They work hard and follow the rules. At least that is what the common perception is at work places and among the American society. Continue reading