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India - Culture Smart!: a quick guide to customs and etiquette (Culture Smart!)

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India is in transition. Since the publication of Culture Smart’s first guide to India in 2003, it has been transformed from a developing, third-world country into the world’s fastest growing economy. Today, a huge, confident, emerging middle class is exporting technology, brains, and enterprise to the rest of the world. At the same time, young Indians educated abroad are r ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Kuperard (first published January 1st 2003)
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Christine Ricci
Not an expert on Indian customs and culture myself, I feel it would be unfair to rank this book until I actually go there and see how accurate and helpful the book truly is. From my Indian friends, however, they feel it is highly inaccurate and outdated, saying many of the customs described are not done anymore. While I understand India presently is a rapidly changing culture, I also know sometimes it's difficult to see the forest when you're standing under a tree, so again, I feel I need some f ...more
Zack Migioia
This book is a helpful overview of the culture of India. I felt like the author did a good job of giving an introduction to the land, people, religions, and daily life for the various different people groups found there. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about India or for anyone who is planning on traveling there soon.

I enjoyed reading this book and saw this as a wonderful introduction to the culture of India. I look forward to reading more about India and trust that t
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Suzanne
Mar 28, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
Because Indian culture is so different from the U.S., I highly recommend doing some reading on history, culture, and etiquette before going. That said -- this book was not exhaustive. Best to combine with a travel guide, to understand the nuts and bolts of travel in India.
Rick
Oct 25, 2009 Rick rated it it was ok
I breezed through this book mostly in one setting. I probably should've read it before moving to New Delhi. Oh, well...
Sarah
Mar 26, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Great little book for getting an overview of Indian culture and history. I didn't have to buy the big tour guide books because other friends living in India already had them.
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Jan 02, 2010 Susie rated it liked it
While the usefulness of this book is yet to be determined, it was an interesting and entertaining read.
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Jul 02, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok
Mostly stuff I already knew, but not bad.
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