From , by Leonard Woolf They are all very rich, and for a thing that costs one shilling they willingly give five.Also they are never quiet, going here and there very quickly, and doing nothing.In general, the people of India tend to marry within their community whether that community exists within India or those of Indian decent living in other countries.While arranged marriages are still common in India, love marriages have gained in popularity.It happens whether they’re wearing jeans, shirts, skirts, hijabs, flat, sneakers.One of them is a work colleague who helped me pick out a shirt for a wedding the other day.It’s an insolent, hostile, and yet strangely curious stare; a kind of stare that not just strips down the person on the receiving end, but also makes them feel like nothing more than a piece of meat in a dress and heels. Put it this way: if it was us guys in that situation, every single street in this would have at least a couple of fights breaking out across.It is the look you would give when you could either eat someone or kill them, and not necessarily in that order. And while hardcore feminists will tell you that a woman can easily take on a man – I’ve met a few that could – most women aren’t going to put up a fight, especially in a skirt and heels.
What applies to one region of India may not apply to another region.
If there’s one thing all my female friends have in common, it’s that all of them have been stared at, catcalled, dry-humped and masturbated at.
It’s not that all of them are alluringly sexy (sorry, folks) or go out in leather and heels every day.
Very many are afraid of them, for suddenly they grow very angry, their faces become red, and they strike any one who is near with the closed hand.
Sri Lankans place great emphasis on politeness and manners, as exemplified by the fabulously courteous staff at top-end hotels – raising your voice in a dispute is usually counterproductive and makes you look foolish and ill-bred.