The guidelines in a handbook of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) meant for travellers to India has raised a few eyebrows. According to a Times of India report, an updated version of the traveller’s guide and the scholar’s manual released by ICCR aims to give a glimpse into India’s traditions and values, along with tips on what to expect while living in the country. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Educated women have cast aside many customary inhibitions and have come forward in many ways in the past few decades. They will talk to the student when he is introduced to them. The modern Indian woman is traditional in some ways. She may refuse politely if a man asks her out for a film or an outing. Dating is not common in India,” the handbook says. It also says “women do not generally shake hands” in India. Detailing tips on how to survive hostel life in India, the manual goes on to tell international students not to choose rooms that are located next to bathrooms or under the roof. It also warns students about how tough life in hostels can be, what with frequent power cuts and water shortage.The handbook clarifies that accommodation in big cities is as tough for an Indian as it is for foreigners, and that it shouldn’t be taken a sign of ‘unfriendliness’.The manual also describes what to expect during interactions with people in the country. “Indians are generally friendly and informal. Many of them may not wait to be introduced in order to talk to the student. In buses and trains, you may find people eager to talk.”A special advisory for train and bus travel has also been included, “A student need not be surprised should he find that the “first-come-first-served” rule is not being strictly followed, as the habit of forming a queue is not yet fully developed in all places.”The ICCR aims at strengthening India’s cultural relations with other countries and also organises study tours, introductory courses and summer camps for international students.
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