Although there is no such thing as a perfect country, I believe there are many things that western countries can learn from India. You can also see blogger American Punjaban PI has also posted about “5 things America can Learn from India!!
So here is what is good about India what western countries can learn from India:
Fresh Food is everywhere. Fresh food is literally on every corner. Food that is not stored in a refrigerator it is simply picked, transported, displayed and sold. You don’t have to visit a supermarket or even a busy market to buy fruit and vegetables in India.
Recycling/Repair system. One great thing about India is that nothing goes to waste. If you break something; don’t throw it out, get it repaired or fixed and voila, its good as new! You can have anything from electrical goods fixed to the smallest of things. Something even as simple as getting your shoes repaired is available. Local markets normally have someone set up with a few tools and 10 minutes later, your shoes are fixed! No having to go online to order a new pair. Very simple.
In many western countries we see a ‘throw away society’. Can’t fix it; throw it out. Too old; replace with the new version. It is unfortunate that many are always trying to keep up with the latest technology. However, it results in way too much trash. Wouldn’t it be great to have a repair/recycle system rather than throwing it out?
Supporting small businesses. It is amazing to see that small business still exist in India and have not been taken over by big supermarket companies. Been able to walk to the market to buy my regular milk, bread and groceries without having to enter a big department store is more enjoyable.
Mastering how to make a good cup of chai. If Australian cafes made a great cup of chai, I’ll be there! I’m not talking about boiled water and a tea bag or those powdered chai lattes. A good cup of chai is a proper Indian chai boiled on the stove with milk and spices! There’s nothing like Indian chai and I think more would love it. (We may be on to something!)
Respecting your elders. Indian culture has a huge respect for the older generation. Their importance is upheld in the family and the elders opinions always count. It is sad seeing elderly people in Australia that are almost forgotten about from their families. Part of the reason why this happens is that many western countries are very individualistic. We live alone, we do things for ourselves and what you own is yours. In India, where extended families exist; grandparents are given an importance and quality time with their families throughout their whole lives. Which leads me on to the next point-
Encouraging a more collective culture. Been a collective culture or an individualistic society is neither better or worse. Living together in an extended family is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is a great way of learning to live together.It can be even greater learning than what an Anthropology class can give you!
On a light note, seeing whole families get together, groups of friends gather at the park and even elderly ladies join ‘kitty parties’, which is where the ladies in the neighbourhood get together for coffee and lunch on a regular basis is all part of a collective culture.
Its my birthday. Therefore, its my treat. This one is a little bit tongue in cheek and can go both ways. In many western countries, if you go out to celebrate a friend or family birthday, normally you would make sure that the person whose birthday it is doesn’t have to pay for their meal. On the other hand, in India, if its your birthday its also your treat. Means the birthday person pays for all! I’m not sure which way is better for this one. What do you think?
What do you think your country could learn from India?