Devo Bhavah" which means "Guest is GOD" is a
common feeling in the heart of every Indian. Though India is not
highly developed and a major part of its population is living below
the poverty line. Despite the fact that many of them do not have
enough funds to eat two proper meals a day, they would always have
a smile on their face which is a gesture of greeting their guests.
Guests of family become the guests
of the entire village and each family will try their level best
to make the guests feel comfortable and so that the tourists remember
them for a life time they will try and bring the best possible gift
(which they can afford) for the tourists, even if it is a small
hand-made cane basket. An Indian will not mind spending hours for
a tourist who is in some trouble, trying to understand his problem,
miles with him to take him to the destination.
special guest is given a red carpet welcome with showers of flowers,
dances, superb Indian music
etc Remember former American president
Bill Clinton coming to India ( in a small village near Jaipur),
about which he doesn't stop saying it as an ultimate hospitable
experience. But if you are not that special, don't worry; Indians
will make you feel special in any circumstances. If a lot of people
in India stare at you, don't be scared, because that the style of
showing that you are really attractive
and special. Indians will feel grateful if you attend any of their
happy occasions. (Weddings, festivals
) and believe us they
make you feel like a VIP.
after all this, if you want to give them a small gesture of gratitude,
a humble NAMASTE will make them feel satisfied.