India, the land of colours and diversity, has a lot in store for the ones who are curious. Every foreign traveler who comes to India has a set of stereotypes about what India has to offer and on the most parts, they are right but there are still a few things which need to be understood before making up your mind.
India has often been a country which has been loved by many for the unique experiences that it offers which are so special to India alone. However, there are a lot of things which have become synonymous to India which aren’t true at all. These stereotypes regarding India and Indians are something that needs to be sorted.
Following are a few of these stereotypes:
STEREOTYPE 1 : Spice = ChiliLet me get this straight, once and for all, spice does not always have to mean hot. Spice means masala and they are of a lot of kind. Even turmeric for that matter is a masala but it isn’t spicy. So the next time you are about to eat an Indian curry, don’t presume it to be ‘hot’ or ‘spicy’ from before. (If you are travelling around India, these are the take on places to explore the food.)
STEREOTYPE 2: Indian Cinema Does Not Mean Only BollywoodIt is amazing how the most popular media form of India is Bollywood for the outsiders. There are things way beyond Bollywood which are taking place parallel to what’s happening around the world. Contemporary directors in the country are playing with very different plots and cinematography techniques and not just random, over excited humans running across the frames and dancing to uncontrollable drum beats! Here is a list of 8 lesser known Bollywood Movies which deserve to be seen.
STEREOTYPE 3: Indian Women Do Not Wear Just Sarees/SalwarJust like all the women around the world do not stick to their traditional clothing 24*7, women in India do not keep wearing sarees/salwars all the time! Let’s be honest, it’s not that comfortable when you’re running to catch your train to work! However, a little modified version of the salwar is in fashion these days and I think that is how it is going to be, modified according to the times.
STEREOTYPE 4: There Is An India Beyond Rajasthan
A typical itinerary of a tourist coming to India includes Rajasthan. That is good. The problem here is that it does not go beyond Rajasthan. The idea of a ‘colourful’ India might match the idea of Rajasthan seamlessly but that is not just what India is about. It is much diverse and by travelling around only Rajasthan will not make your journey of India complete. Trust me, there is so much more!