Joined: 20 November 2005
Just to lighten the things a bit I thought to post these ...i saw them and thought of posting it here
To help the new wave of incoming students from India,
here are the proper answers to awkward questions asked everyday:
Q. You're from India? I have read so much about the country. All
the wonderful places, the forests, the snake charmers, the elephants.
Do you still use elephants for transportation?
A. Absolutely. In fact we used to have our own elephant in our
house. But later, we started participating in elephant-ride
sharing schemes with our neighbors, to save the air. You see
elephants have an "emissions" problem.....
Q. Does India have cars?
A. No. We ride elephants to work. The government is trying to
encourage ride-sharing schemes.
Q. Does India have TV?
A. No. We only have cable.
Q. Are all Indians vegetarian?
A. Yes. Even tigers are vegetarian in India.
Q. How come you speak English so well?
A. You see when the British were ruling India,they employed Indians
as servants. It took too long for the Indians to learn English.
So the British isolated an "English-language" gene and infused
their servants' babies with it and since then
all babies born are born speaking English.
Q. Are you a Hindi?
A. Yes. I am spoken everyday in Northern India.
Q. Do you speak Hindu?
A.Yes, I also speak Jewish, Islam and Christianity.
Q. Is it true that everyone there is very corrupt?
A.Yes, in fact, I had to bribe my parents so that they would
let me go to school.
Q. India is very hot, isn't it?
A.It is so hot there that all the water boils spontaneously.
That is why tea is such a popular drink in India.
Q. Are there any business companies in India?
A. No. All Indians live on the Gandhian prinicples of self-sufficiency.
We all make our own clothes and grow our own food. That is why
you see all these thin skinny Indians -- it is is a lot of hard
Q. Indians cannot beef, huh?
A. Cows provide milk which is a very essential part of Indian diet.
So eating cows is forbidden. However in order to decrease the
population of the country, the government is trying to encourage
everyone to eat human meat.
Q. India is such a religious place. Do you meditate regularly?
A.Yes, sometimes I meditate for weeks without food and drink. But
it is difficult to keep my job, because I have to miss work
when I meditate like that. But the bosses there do the same thing.
That is why things are so inefficient there.
Q. I saw on TV that people there walk on burning coals. Why do they do that?
A. We don't have shoes. So we burn the botton of our feet to make it
hard so that we can walk.
Q. Why do you sometimes wear Indian clothes to work?
A.I prefer it to coming naked.
I got asked a question once why Indians don't wear shoes they only seem to own slippers and use them everywhere even at work ???
Answers anyone ????
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Joined: 13 January 2006
This is going so crazy that now i m beginning to think that Americans have not advanced to the Information age.
About 5 to 7% of the US population is extremely brilliant, and they are the people who runs the country and does all the research and development. These people are just SUPER BRILLIANT in their respective fields. There are another 20% population who do all the office work and are well educated and has some GK of the outer world other than USA. But the remaining 75% are just ignorant, but they are good people.
This 75% of the populace that you speak of Appaji also share a remarkable trait. They divvy up the work and careers in such an orderly , almost worker bee like manner that it is colossally amazing!!
To illustrate - they don't flock towards being only Engineers, Lawyers or Doctors. They are so happy opening a tattoo parlor or being a plumber (in a manner of speaking) that there is never a dearth of careers and people , mostly, take pride in whatever it is they do and do it so very conscientiously that I regret greatly that we do not have that in India.
...that one outstanding trait ...
and I bow to that
isnt that the way it is everywhere- ab sab koi toh einstein nahee ho sakta! true in every corporation, true for countries as well.
btw, how much international GK do our own folks back home possess? 60% are so poor for starters that they cant afford the luxury of studying up on international affairs. how many of our folks from rural villages wld know the "real" west? and who is an indian? the guy in the metro or the guy in the village. there are so many different indias that it wld be pretty hard to generalize. in similar vein, there are different "wests".
my usual premise is that people the world over are mostly the same. how do we know how we wld be if the circumstances were different.
how accepting are we of folks who look and talk different than us? wld we accept them into our lives, into our families?
if i were to generalize, i'd say this- the brightest of the folks out west are brighter than anyone anywhere... the bottom is abt as dumb as anyone. yes, we were true innovators milleniums ago, but somehow i dont think that's the case as much anymore. yes, we learn fast, but innovators?
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