The Culture Shock for North Indians in South India
No matter how hard we try, we cannot ignore the fact that every corner of India is different from one another. North India and South India are particularly unique and the natives of these regions witness significant cultural shock when traveling. People from Delhi and other cities often have to travel to south Indian cities like Pune and Bangalore, while being prepared in their mind that their lives are going to be entirely transformed for a while.
In the earlier days, and even now, whenever you order a dosa in a South Indian restaurant anywhere in Delhi, it comes with a fork and a knife. So you might be made to believe that you are ought to eat dosa using cutlery. However, when you go to Bangalore or any other city in southern part of the country, you realize that you can and you should eat dosa using your hands. Moreover, just like many other Indian foods, eating it with cutlery is not practical, so you can comfortably eat it with hands.
In North India, you will never see an educated person eating the mixture of rice and curry with hands. However, you will be delighted to know that the South Indians love their food so much that they prefer to eat rice with hands, no matter what others think, even though it may take a while for you to adapt this practice.
Shoes out of the house
Cities like Bangalore are known for keeping their age-old traditions alive, and one such tradition is to take off your shoes before you enter the house. Since shoes contain the dirt and grime from outside, no one takes them inside the house in South India.
Food on banana leaf
The South Indian people are more aware of the nuisances caused by plastic. Maybe that is why; they still use banana leaves to serve food. You will find many high-end restaurants serving rice on these leaves, and you are supposed to eat the rice with your hands. This experience is an absolute pleasure, which you can never find in North India.
Nowhere in North India, will you find people pouring their coffee into a saucer plate and drink it. Welcome to South India, people drink coffee like that only.
Girls driving Bullet
Although I have seen girls riding a bike in Delhi, South India is definitely the winner where girls drive the Bullet. It is an absolute delight to see them. Moreover, some people for some reason, also ride a bike barefoot, maybe for a fast when they do not wear shoes for a few days.
Even though the South Indian people spend a lot of money on their weddings, the focus is mainly on food and gold. Hardly any money is spent on decorations and show-offs, unlike North India. While someone in Delhi may spend a fortune on Self Drive Luxury Cars in Delhi for the brideâs farewell, it is nowhere to be seen in Bangalore or other cities in South India. Expenses are kept to the bare minimum, just to spend on useful things.
It is indeed a pleasure to live in every part of the country, and the best way to do so is to embrace the local culture. There is no point belittling anyone for the variations in their culture or traditions, which have their own beauty. Being friends with our brethren in the other part of the country is the best way to live in harmony, and it is always interesting to learn about other cultures and food habits.