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Pet Sins January 2004

Emulation of the West in India

There are many young people in India nowadays who mindlessly ape Western trends because of all the American media coming into the country. This has started to affect dating trends, fashions, etc. People think that white is more beautiful, more superior.

A., Indian professional

If you're a European or a light-skinned Asian (i.e. East Asian) travelling in India, people will treat you more politely. You can ask for directions at train stations, and people will be willing to patiently explain things. With natives, however, people are less nice.

K., Indian engineer

2003