India - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Paperback)
Don’t just see the sights—get to know the people.
India's huge population of 1.2 billion is as varied and colorful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region, caste, and community has its own culture, reflecting unique histories shaped by conquest, creativity, and religion. Steeped in ancient traditions, exceptionally fatalistic, and intensely passionate about their culture, the Indians are also ingenious, creative, and world leaders in cutting-edge science and technology. Show interest in their country and it will be reciprocated with genuine warmth and friendship.
Culture Smart! India will make you aware of the essential values and behavioral norms, show you how to navigate often profound cultural differences and build relationships, and offer invaluable insights into this great, endlessly fascinating land.
Have a richer and more meaningful experience abroad through a better understanding of the local culture. Chapters on history, values, attitudes, and traditions will help you to better understand your hosts, while tips on etiquette and communicating will help you to navigate unfamiliar situations and avoid faux pas.
Becky Stephen was born in the US as an "airforce brat," growing up in several states, as well as in England. Long fascinated by Indian culture and philosophy, she moved to India in 1988 to study Hindi at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. There she met her South Indian husband and ended up living in Varanasi for five years. Becky has a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and has developed and led cross-cultural and other training programs and events in the US, India, Eurasia, Europe, and the Arabian Peninsula. After working for three years in Dubai as a management consultant and cross-cultural trainer, she moved with her husband and son to Atlanta, Georgia, where she trains and supervises Americans on long- term international assignments.
"Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers."—Sunday Times Travel
"...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." —Global Travel
"...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." —Observer
"...as useful as they are entertaining."—Easy Jet Magazine
"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world."—New York Times