You have seen it; you have done it; I have seen it; I have done it; you have someone mention it and I have mentioned it. Yes! You are right, the awkward things we all have been a part of knowingly and unknowingly. As immigrants or friends to immigrants we all have been at that awkward position when we do not know what is normal and what is not? I wish someone had told me about these, when I was a fresh immigrant in Canada. Read on:
- Kissing is normal here but staring is not.
- Women do feed their babies in a public place, it’s considered normal and acceptable.
- Sex is still a taboo.
- Even if you do not know anyone, you still have to dress up well; it does speak volumes about your personality.
- It is not normal to burp and not say ‘excuse me’.
- Please do not make an accent and roll your ‘rrrrrr’.Anyone can make out you are faking it.
- Yes, people do notice the color of your teeth.
- The ‘F’ and ‘S’ word is not tolerable.
- Retirement homes are not because children don’t care about their parents; it’s just a way of life at that age here.
- Staying healthy is not a choice but a necessity as there is no help; to each his own.
- In summers it’s not called ‘skimpily dressed’, it’s called ‘appropriately dressed’.
- It is rude to ask salary package (as against to it being completely normal In India).
- It is OK to be honked at and honk in a situation of careless driving.
- Phrase ‘Good for you’ is not impolite. There is no hidden meaning in it.
- Gifts are only for special occasions.
- Perfumes are a problem sometimes.
- You have to ask before trying to hold a baby or pat a pet.
- Keeping and marking a calendar is not a pretense but is a requirement.
- It is standard to ask for what you deserve.
- ‘Name dropping’ is not needed.
IT’S OK TO SAY YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT, NEW TO THIS COUNTRY AND NEED HELP