If you are dating someone of Indian descent there may come a time that you hear the words, “I want you meet my family in India.” Heading to India is a big deal if your significant other’s extended family lives there, or if they still reside in India. My husband’s parents left India for America in the 1970’s without any other family or friends. To this day, all of their siblings still live in India.
Hence when we took our first family trip to India you can imagine there were a lot of people to meet. Luckily social media exists and it definitely aided me in remembering faces and names prior to our trip. For those of you that are thinking of traveling to India while you are still dating, or engaged here are our 7 things you must tell your significant other before heading to India.
7 THINGS YOU MUST TELL YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER BEFORE HEADING TO INDIA
1.) Make sure your significant other knows some of your familial language. Rosetta Stone and Pimseleur are great resources along with books and YouTube.
3.) Find out what your immediate family has told your extended family in India about the relationship.
4.) If you are still dating or engaged you will not be allowed to sleep in the same room. And even more kissing, holding hands, basic public displays of affection are not allowed–not even in public.
5.) Listen to your significant other and take their lead on the social and family customs. Make sure to ask tons of questions and do your own research about where the family lives in India. This way you won’t be completely off guard and confused when it comes to culture and customs. Such as: touching of the elders feet, snacks before meals, what to wear when you go to different relatives homes etc. There is a lot to remember and take in.
6.) If your significant other has never been to India before or a third world country you must prepare them for the impending cultural shock. Restrooms on the side of the road, no rules of the road, complete families on moped’s, heavy pollution etc. Check out our guidebook on Intercultural Travel to India and also these must-haves for India.
7.)Make sure your significant other is comfortable eating different types of Indian food.
*Bonus –if there is no tension due to your interracial/intercultural relationship, ask your significant other if it is okay for you to befriend their family in India on social media. And who you should befriend in particular as well as what you should call them etc. You can follow them on social media and get a feel for who they are etc.
**Bonus–you will need an E-visa and passport if traveling from the U.S. to India. E-visa’s can be obtained online and are valid for 30 days. https://goindiavisa.com/page/visa-for-India-for-us-citizens?gclid=CKSa1_Wv5tICFUkbgQodTqENxQ
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