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Yet, the India I experienced was much different than the one this book portrays. India, even though it still hasn't caught up yet, is learning to quickly modernize. One thing that I thought the book got right was the great details about the different foods one could find here. I have yet to be disappointed with the book's list. Kolanad is a witty writer, and she makes descriptions of mundane activities (going to the bathroom there, for example) funny and Obviously, I am interested in Indian culture, and this book offers a great view of what life is really like in "Mother India. I don't read a lot of travel books, but I borrowed this one from a friend, who got it from a fellow yoga teacher.

Each "Culture Shock!" title is written by someone who's lived and worked in the country, and each book is packed with practical, accurate, and enjoyable information to help you find your way and feel at home.

Culture shock! : India. Kolanad, Gitanjali. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on August 11, 2011.

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Inspiration, after all, means, first, to take a breath. Kalaripayat is the form she explores with participants, but the principles she implements to make it useful for purposes other than fighting are widely applicable.

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Gitanjali Kolanad, born in 1954, grew up partly in India and partly in Canada, and has lived in the USA, Singapore and . I strongly recommend this book for those travelling to India for the first time and who are keen to learn a bit more about Indian culture.

Gitanjali Kolanad, born in 1954, grew up partly in India and partly in Canada, and has lived in the USA, Singapore and Germany as well. She has been involved in the practice, performance and teaching of Bharata Natyam for more than 30 years, travelling to major cities of North America, Europe and Asia. She has travelled extensively all over India, both as a tourist and while working with volunteer organisations.

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  • I have a fascination with the country, culture and people of India and it is my dream to one day go there. An Indian friend advised me that it would take "studying" to prepare myself to go. I took this to heart and began looking for resources to accomplish this task. He understood that I would not want to offend the natives while I was a guest in their country but he explained that the natives would be burdened with the fear of offending ME if I was in error. I think this book is perfect for the objective of understanding not only what customs to respect but why those customs are in place. I found this book answering so many of my questions about why there are so many differences in the customs I have observed due to the religious and geographical regions. I was influenced to select this book by another review of a native of India who recommends this book to his friends before they travel to India. That gave me the extra bit of confidence I was looking for before finalizing my decision to purchase this book. I am so pleased and delighted with this book, I am absorbing each page. It is not a book about where to stay or what to see but more a book about culture and clues to recognizing the differences in the various people groups. The author deciphers such things as how a woman ties her sari or a man is dressed revealing where someone is from and what religions are associated with. I believe this book will help me meet my objective to be a responsible traveler where I am a respectful guest versus a rude (albeit ignorant)tourist.

  • I was a motivated reader: I read this after I returned from a month with my new wife's family in India. The book helps me understand and deal with patterns that were hard to anticipate or accept. It is the first treatment I have ever seen, of the difficulty I have as a Mason-Dixon Line baby boomer becoming functional in the employer/servant relationship that is part of India (whether you like it or not), and the oddly (to American eyes) hierarchical behavior I have sometimes seen in the software industry. It contains a wealth of information for readers of either gender, and the longer you plan to stay in India, the more useful is the covered material. The well-spoken female author addresses details of the uniquely woman's world in India that can help me understand the forces at play in my wife's life there and in her perceptions and habits in the US. The flip side is that the author has less to offer about relationships between men, but capitalistic globalization's male domination suggests that topic will be covered in another book, "Speaking of India: Bridging the Communication Gap When Working With Indians" when I get to it.
    Because of its extreme diversity, to go deeper into India would have required the author to write separate books for each region, so I thought she did an excellent job and stopped where she had to. I found Culture Shock! India compelling to the end.

  • I purchased this book in preparation for my first-ever business trip to India. I returned just last week and am so pleased with the insights and knowledge this book provided me with prior to my visit. I don't mean to exaggerate, but there were dozens of experiences during my stay where I said to myself, "This is exactly what the book taught me!". I found myself in many unexpected situations, like in some family homes, where I was very well prepared to not make a total fool of myself, and at the same time understand many of the things that were going on. I didn't purchase any other guides, but also did not feel like I was lacking in any area after returning from the trip. Yes, the book does cater to a slightly broader audience (to include those who are staying long-term), but even for a quick business trip the information in the book was relevant, detailed, accurate, and exceptionally helpful. It doesn't take long to read so don't be tempted to skim... I was surprised how useful some of the topics were in practice.

  • This book is so good that it made me realize that I would be unhappy in India. Thanks to the author, I saved thousands of dollars and weeks of confusion and distress. Unlike other books I read about India, even though it is obvious she loves India, she also knows the differences between their cultures and others well enough to identify them. I say, read this book first if you're thinking about going. Where for me, she told me exactly what I needed to know to understand it wasn't for me, she may tell you exactly what you need to know to be a total success there. Namaste!

  • I read this book approximately a month before going to India on business. Although this added to my already growing excitement, I found that this book was really geared more toward one who was either going to be casually traveling or living there on a permanent basis.
    I found that I was not at all prepared for what India had to offer - now, that wasn't because I hadn't done enough research, rather because of the random and chaotic nature of where I was located.
    Pros: The first few chapters go into topics such as political history, represented religions, holidays, festivals, and other good things to know. The author then takes us through setting up a household, to having servants, how dinner parties are organized and executed, and other feasibly useful information.
    Cons: Although this is written by an Indian person, the information within is simply given without explanation. I didn't learn why some of the comments made in the book were true until I had been there for a while, and I didn't realize how classist some of the situations presented were until I had experienced the situation myself.
    If you are looking to learn of practical things to do, ways to get around, and what to probably really expect once you step off of the plane on your first visit, I would suggest a travel book such as Lonely Planet, or Fodors.
    This book is worth reading, but don't expect this to be your only guide.