150 things you love about Indian culture

2010-11-19 00:00

IN celebrating the anniversary of the indentured labourers’ arrival, we have compiled a list of 150 things that we love about South African­ Indian culture, extracted from social network sites, blogs and random conversations. Because we all share a part of it, whether it’s the food or the fashion, we love the colour it adds to our Rainbow Nation.

Part 4: What We Love

101. Facebook user, Gareth Bright says, “I love that they are Indian but South African. I love how much the Indian South Africans love cricket. I love all the good food, and in all honesty our roads would have far more boring-looking cars if it wasn’t for our Indian brothers and sisters … Despite the circumstances many of the families arrived in, I’m glad they stayed to provide us with such good doctors, dentists and businessmen.”

102. Indian mothers always scrutinise their family’s dressing before going out, usually saying things like, “Please change that shirt and put something decent on!” or “Brush your hair!”

103. There’s always drama.

105. “Tata lo broom over there please”

106. The way parents ask their children, who live away from home, whether they have eaten.

107. Facebook user Nadira Bhowani says, “No matter how educated and successful we become, we are mostly judged by our values and cooking skills.”

109. How parents believe that being married is as essential as getting a degree and successful job.

110. … and how if you are over 23 and single, you are likely to get bombarded by aunties that you have never met, but who want to set you up with someone.

111. If you are a carnivore, curried tripe the way aunties from West India makes it pack the most protein per bite.

112. How they keep aside a special set of crockery and cutlery for guests.

113. Crushed ginger and garlic, tomatoes, onions and tumeric are used in almost every curry.

115. Conversation with an Indian aunty at a wedding: Caterer: “Would you like a biscuit?”

Indian Aunty: “No … But do they have coconut, because I got cholestrol?” Caterer: “No, no coconut.” Indian Aunty: “Okay, I’ll have one”

116. They eat off banana leaves.

117. Their wedding decor.

118. The boys with their gelled hair and spikes.

119. How they use Amla and coconut oil for their hair.

120. Their affinity for karate lessons for their sons.

121. Dyed black hair to hide the grey.

122. How loyal they are.

123. Babies with pierced ears.

125. Furry dashboards and seat covers.

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