What I miss? I am currently very concerned about the cultural differences between Germany and India. The reason for this is on the one hand that unfortunately my memories fade with time and I would like to keep every little thing on my mind. On the other hand, I am currently writing a term paper on the crucial differences between these two industrial societies, of course more from a socio-economic perspective. Nevertheless, when collecting my thoughts, I am shown again and again quite clearly that, despite the apparently similar development status, there are also clear differences.
Although we are experiencing strong urbanization and massive economic growth towards a capitalist society, culture and religion, social life is determined more than almost anywhere else. On the one hand, I noticed an unbelievable helpfulness of many Indians, who occupied almost every place with a family atmosphere. From time to time people spontaneously ate together, went for a walk or made a selfie. As I already mentioned, this openness enabled me to have a very pleasant start into my semester abroad. Even today many of my fellow students still contact me and ask me how I am doing in this extraordinary situation. Thus, despite the rather short period of time, very nice friendships have been made in some places, which will make for a unique reunion on another visit to India (which will surely come).
Of course, there are also incredibly obvious cultural differences that become confused with the many religious poles, even when looking at pictures of everyday life. That cows are considered sacred and can be found everywhere will probably be known to most people. Also the kind of food, many will know from the restaurant next door. The main thing is spicy and greasy. In fact, this kind of food is more typical in Northern India, while in Southern India we ate a lot of chicken, fried noodles and Rumali Roti. Of course from the well-known stainless steel dishes and in addition a pot of water, from which all with approx. 20cm. safety distance, have let the water run into their mouth. We ate with our hands and for dessert we put sugar glazed fennel seeds in order to calm down the digestion after this unique meal.
The food, like most things, has been very cheap for Europeans. But even more impressive was that it was partly even cheaper to go out for dinner than to cook by oneself. So I could afford a taxi for each trip (rickshaw) and generally did not have to look at every rupee and how I could spend it best. But all these differences are only a small part of this very different world in the Far East...
Arvid's report no. 1
Arvid's report no. 2
Arvid's report no. 3
Arvid's report no. 4: Arvid's studies in India
Arvid's report no. 5: Cultural Differences
Arvid's report no. 6: Community Service
Arvid's report no. 7: Goodbye