Exploring Indian Culture Dominick ortanez, coms 180

"India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only! " (Twain, Mark)

What India values most..

Cooperation - This practice stems from their noncompetitive culture and concern that other individuals do not lose face.

Patience - To have the patience and ability to wait quietly is considered a good quality among Indians.

Generosity - Generosity and sharing are greatly valued. Most Indians freely exchange property and food. The respected person is not one with large savings, but rather one who gives generously. Individual ownership of material property exists but is sublimated.

How have we been influenced by India?

Indian culture has a wide-spread influence on us and many different cultures. One notable influence is Yoga. Yoga is a mixture of meditation and martial arts that people practiced as part of the Hindu, Buddhist and, Jainist religions of India in an effort to enjoy inner peace and harmony. Interestingly enough, people of the west practice it almost exclusively as a form of exercise and to alleviate health problems.

The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago.


As foodie who enjoys trying new foods, Indian cuisine was nothing new to my palette. For purposes of this assignment, we had the perfect excuse to cheat on our diet ;). My roommate and I tried one of the few Indian restaurant in the Gaslamp district. The restaurant is called Gourmet India. Jaidev, our host and waiter throughout our experience, was more than happy to enlighten us about his culture and how he manages to live his own culture while being surrounded by prodominantly the "American Culture".

Jaidev countlessly referred to India as "my country". This showed me that he is very passionate about where he comes from. Jaidev came to San Diego about 20 years ago from a small village not far from Bengaluru. He mentioned some big differences such as religion. His views on our religions were that ,americans didn't seem like each religion had equal importance how India did. Jaidev also made a good point about American celebrations and what is important to us. In his country, festivals, fairs, and celebrations are of highest importance. Everyday of the year there is a festival in some part of the country. Jaidev said here, he sees little celebrations and a lot of people working all the time. I asked Jaidev how and what he defines as culture. His response, "To me, Dominick, culture is an appropriate behavior we adopt(are)." He went on to say that we are raised in a special way. One that our parent's parents in further generations felt was normal. I can relate to that because we are creatures of habit. If one thing is done the way it's always been done, by nature we will continue to do that one thing, that way.

Jaidev's colored conversation was integral for my project and has helped me hone in on another culture other than my own.

"Humans, regardles of culutral backgrounds, engage in many of the same daily activites and have many of the same wants and desires. We all eat, sleep, love, pursue friendships and romantic relationships and want to be respected and loved by those who are important to us." (Martin and Nakayama, chp. 2 pg. 84) I feel that Jaidev's thoughts on culture as being an "appropriate behavior" aligns with the book definition. We all want to continue want we have done in the past. In the end, we all do sort of the same daily activites,

Everyone wants to be seen. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be recognized as the person that they are and not a stereotype or an image. (Lynch, Loretta)

Through research, I've learned that there are a couple heavy blows towards Indian culture. "By stereotyping, we infer that a person has a whole range of characteristics and abilities that we assume all members of that group have." (McLeod Saul). Normally, they tend to have a negative impression, however, "We are who we think we are; at the same time, however, contextual and external forces constrain and infuence our self-perceptions. We have many identities, and these can conflict." (Martin and Nakayama, chp. 5 pg. 199)


Jaidev. "Exploring Indian Culture" Personal Interview. 2 Apr. 2017.

Martin, Judith N., and Thomas K Nakayama. Intercultural Communication in Contexts. 6th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2012. Print.

McLeod, Saul. "Stereotypes." Simply Psychology. N.p., Jan. 2015. Web. Apr. 2017.


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