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India is known for its vast cultural diversity across the world. It’s full of colorful and cheerful people, and this attracts many people from abroad to visit at least once. While some characteristics are appealing to people, there are also some things every Indian wants to run away from.

Here are five tips to survive in India:

1. Get used to seeing dust everywhere.

Though it’s not one of the most polluted countries in the world, India sure has alarming levels of pollution and dust. The main causes of this pollution are factory and vehicle emissions, burning firewood and traffic congestion. If you’ve been living in India for at least ten years, you probably won’t even realize how grave the situation is because you’re so used to seeing dust and pollution around you.

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2. Work on your bargaining skills.

Bargaining is an essential skill you should master in India. If you can’t bargain well, you’re likely to get looted most of the time. Before you go out to buy something, confirm its price online or by asking someone. The rule of thumb while shopping at a street market is this: start with exactly half of what the shopkeeper quotes, and if you’re making more than one purchase, bargain further.

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3. Be patient when you get stuck in traffic.

Traffic congestion is the biggest problem in most Indian cities. If you get trapped in a massive traffic jam, learn to be patient. Local radio stations can prove to be your best friends at this time. Since there’s nothing you can do about this situation, refrain from honking and cursing other drivers.

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4. Be ready to be tricked by new languages everywhere.

Thanks to the country’s vast diversity, India has 22 officially recognized regional languages. Almost every other city has its own language, which makes communication with the common people a bit tricky. Although most people speak English and Hindi, communication becomes slightly difficult when you visit areas where only regional languages are spoken.

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5. Prepare to get rejected by auto rickshaw drivers and cabbies.

Slowly, you will get so used to getting rejected by auto drivers and cabbies that you will start taking buses instead. If an auto driver agrees to take you to the desired location without cribbing or asking for more money, it’s your lucky day. Most of the time they bluntly say no to your face and other times, they ask you for extra money.

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