While in India there are certain things that are acceptable public behavior. These behaviors are as follows:
|Things To Do
||Things NOT To Do
|To tip a taxi driver, simply round off the fare.
||Never try to talk to a woman who is walking alone.
|The traditional Indian greeting is the "namaste." To perform the "namaste", hold the palms of your hands together [as if praying] below the chin, nod or bow slightly, and say "namaste" [nah-mas-tay]. This greeting is useful for foreigners in any circumsance in which a handshake might not be appropriate. Moreover, it's a sensible alternative to a handshake when a Western businesswoman greets an Indian man.
||Indians of all ethnic groups disapprove of public displays of affection between people of the opposite sex. Refrain from greeting people with hugs or kisses.
|The comfortable standing distance between two people in India varies with the culture. In general, Hindu Indians tend to stand about 3 or 3 1/2 feet apart.
||To beckon someone, you hold your hand out, palm downward, and make a scooping motion with the fingers. Beckoning someone with the palm up and wagging one finger, as in the United States, will often be perceived as an insult.