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11 Differences Between a Normal Friend and an Indian Friend

by Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala Aug 12, 2014

When a normal friend says she’ll be over at 10am, she’ll be over at 10am.
An Indian friend says she’ll be over at 10am and turns up closer to 11:30.


A normal friend will ask you to split the restaurant bill with him.
An Indian friend will pay the whole bill, or ask you to pay the whole bill. The second option is more likely to happen.


A normal friend will watch a movie with you.
An Indian friend will insist on watching four Bollywood movies in one stretch. To understand why, just check out this epic scene from an Indian movie:


A normal friend will call you by your name.
An Indian friend will call you mama or chacha (both meaning “uncle”).


A normal friend will decline to hang out if she’s busy at work.
An Indian friend will say bhaad mein jaaye kaam (“let the work go to hell”) and will hang out with you regardless of how much it’ll piss off her boss.


A normal friend might not be a good dancer.
An Indian friend is the craziest dancer you’ll ever meet and will have some insane Bollywood dance moves to teach you. Skip to 0:43 in the video below if you don’t believe me:


A normal friend will accompany you to go shopping.
Not only does an Indian friend go shopping with you, but he’s an expert bargainer and will bargain on your behalf.


A normal friend will become provoked if you ask dumb questions about her country.
An Indian friend will just get friendlier if you ask dumb questions about India.


A normal friend will trust in the skills they possess.
An Indian friend will have more trust in Gods, stars, and astrology than in his own skill set.


A normal friend will go in for a haircut on any day of the week.
An Indian friend will refuse to visit the barber on certain days because of superstition.


A normal friend will marry the boy she likes.
An Indian friend is more likely to marry the girl his parents like.

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