SURVIVAL TIPS AND TOOLS FOR EXPATS DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA...

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SURVIVAL TIPS AND TOOLS FOR EXPATS DOING BUSINESS IN INDIAPANKHUDI SRIVASTAVA – A40309860AI-YUN WU – A41647904In this paper we will be discussing what American expats should do when they are travelling to India for business or personal reasons. This will give them an idea as to what things are right to do in the country and what are not. We selected India as our country for research because India is fast growing economy and already a number of US companies have opened their headquarters in Indian cities. Also, with the overflow of Indian culture and tradition, many people want to explore the diverse nature of the country and there have been a huge number of US tourists in the country over the past years. Due to these reasons, India was a good choice to research.Interview ResearchTo start our research we interviewed Ritika Grover, an Indian international student who came for her undergraduate studies to Michigan State University in 2006. We interviewed her to figure out how different United States was to India with respect to culture and education. We asked her various questions that would help us understand the retrospective of an Indian immigrant to
United States and give us a fair idea from of what Indians feel is important for an American expat to know about their country. We asked questions such as- how different was it living culturally in India as compared to the United States, how many religions consisted in India, what are some customs and holidays important in your country? Her answer to this was - India being secular country, is a home to almost all the religions. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, etc are some of the most commonly seen religions in India. As the country respects and follows every religion, there is a major festival in almost all the months of the year, singling out just on4e is a very difficult task. Some of the famous festivals are Holi, Diwali, the month of Ramadan followed by Eid-Ul-Fitr, Navratri followed by Dusshera, Christmas etc. Some of the customs that the elders in the country appreciate are touching their feet (as a mark of respect to their age and relationship status), keeping your head low when someone elderly is speaking to you, etc. India is on the polar opposite end culture wise from United States. In India, a teacher or professor is always denoted as ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’, as opposed to United States where a lot of professors are called on a first or last name basis. Coming late to classes is not acceptable nor is just getting up and going out of classes without permission in India but that was a very different concept in the States. We also asked her about the stereotypes of India and her reply was - The most common stereotype about the country was that people assumed Indians did not know English or they had to take a special course prior to coming to States for a college education. We also asked her the importance of English language in the country and she replied -

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