Have you seen an Indian family abroad? It’s very easy to spot them. They are the ones passing around containers of Theplas and Parathas around, the ones who’re playing antakshari in a bus, even when it’s filled with people of all nationalities trying to hear the tour guide and the ones who’re trying to separate Rs 5 coins from 1 pound/1 dollar or otherwise.
It’s hilarious to watch us and our parents adapt on our first trip out of our homeland, especially where money matters are concerned! So if you want to know if a particular Indian is on his first ever visit abroad, look for these signs…
1. On a calculator more often than Google maps
2. Buying the cheapest souvenirs by the dozen
3. Comparing roti-sabzi ka bhao
If you’re visiting any country for more than 3 days, your parents are bound to find the Indian-est of Indian restaurants to dine at. Usually they’re in the same district so be prepared for a ritual I have grown used to. Hopping from one restaurant to another, trying to find one that give us a ‘cheap combothali meal’. And God forbid, if you do manage to be seated before 10:30, you’ll be hearing about the value of roti-sabzi and how it doesn’t grow on trees for the whole meal.
4. Shopping at Duty Free
5. Walking becomes essential
6. Exchange currency at really odd places because someone said it’s cheap
7. Buy from Dollar Store/Primark
8. Couch surf at every relatives’ place instead of spending on hotels
9. Visit a monument but don’t go all the way up
10. Using your credit/debit card and learning how life works the hard way