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Indian ironies (1)

India,contradictions,ironiesI often say that I find it very difficult to speak about India because whatever I can say about India is true, and the opposite as well. In other words, if I say something, anybody can also give me examples of the contrary; and we could both be right! To illustrate, here are some ‘Indian ironies’ available on the Net (I didn’t write them); I would have loved to find the same about the French but I didn’t…

  • We live in a country where seeing a cop makes us nervous rather than feeling safe.
  • We are obsessed with screenguards on our smartphones even though most come with scratchproof Gorilla Glass but don't bother wearing a helmet while riding our bikes.
  • It is shallow to ask for dowry but prospective bridegrooms should make six or seven figured salaries and possess green card.
  • We live in a world, where artificial lemon flavour is used for WELCOME DRINK and real lemon is used in FINGER BOWL.


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  • Everyone is in a hurry, but no one reaches on time.
  • Priyanka Chopra earned more money playing Mary Kom, than Mary Kom earned in her entire career.
  • We'd rather spend more on our daughter's wedding than on her education.
  • The shoes we wear are sold in AC showrooms. The vegetables we eat are sold on the pavement.
  • Indian parents want their children to stand out in a crowd but expect them to do what the crowd is doing.
  • We have to look both ways to cross a one-way road.
  • India ranks 6th in the number of billionaires per country; it is also home to 1/3rd of the world extremely poor.
  • You have to have studied till class 8th to become a peon; you don’t need any educational qualification to run the country.
  • Peeing in public is an acceptable insight; kissing in public is offensive.
  • Almost every Indian has a mobile phone; 60% of the population doesn’t have access to toilets.
  • Don’t talk to boys before marriage; sleep with the stranger we choose for you.
  • Female deities are worshipped; a female child is killed.
  • If it is branded, the price doesn’t matter; if it’s from the street, bargain to the lowest price.

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