India’s diversity often gives rise to humorous and amusing anecdotes. While the cultural differences like what people wear and what they eat are glaringly strong and easy to observe, there are lingo differences which are subtler and very important because this will differentiate you from a local, meaning you will end up paying extra for that auto ride, or while shopping on the streets (I am talking personal experience).
I moved to Mumbai rather recently, and the struggle that was still feels fresh. If you’re moving to Mumbai soon, or have recently shifted here, take it from me, that this is the guide you will NEED! Who knew one would have to pretty much start from scratch. While Mumbai folks are neither violent nor rude (and that still feels surreal given that I spend quite a number of years in the north), they also don’t have very high degree of patience, meaning if you haven’t conveyed your message within a minute, it’s going to be a Herculean task to regain attention. But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered.
Say bye to all that struggle, and use the correct lingo to feel like a local, fit in, and get the work done. Ready?