With its regular representation in Western pop culture and unmistakable cultural traits, it’s no wonder that many people feel like they have a general understanding of what India is like.
But many natives who have grown up in this fascinating and diverse nation would say that most notions about India and Indian people are total myths.
That’s why we have put together a list of some of the most common myths about India which you have probably already debunked at least once in your time away from home:
Indian is a language
There is actually no such thing as an Indian language though many tend to assume that there is.
In fact, several different languages are spoken across the country with Hindi being the most commonly used. Other common languages include Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada.
Still, many people consider Indian to be a language in itself which is a misconception that Indian people often deal with.
All Indians are vegetarians
Though becoming less common, there a longstanding assumption that all Indians were vegetarians for religious reasons.
While it is true that the majority of locals don’t tend to eat beef, many Indians regularly use other meats in their cooking.
Having said this. India does have a higher population of vegetarians than most countries with an estimated 40% of natives sticking to fruit, vegetables and dairy. But we reckon it’s safe to say that not all Indians are actually vegetarians, especially those who have relocated.
That traditional dress is worn all the time
While traditional Indian clothing is undoubtedly beautiful, many people assume that it is worn in India all the time. However, items such as saris for women and sherwanis for men tend to be worn more for special occasions, especially by younger generations.
Family is vital in India and so the traditional dress is often brought out for those important (and regular!) family occasions.
And seeing as families remain an essential component of Indian culture, if you have moved away from India you will know how important it is to stay in touch with loved ones.
Simply head over to our India page to send that all important recharge home to friends and family.