Friday, May 18, 2007

Ludhiana Etiquettes

Ludhiana is a city of contrasts. Affording the luxuries and facilities of a big city, it has the comforts of a small town. While the people remain exceedingly friendly and even more so, when you try a smattering of Punjabi, this is a city of cross cultures. To be here, you need to be aware of a few things:

Etiquette : Ludhianvis are a friendly lot. If you were over to their place for a meal, they would appreciate flowers or any gift, as most Ludhianivis are very friendly. Dinner times are usually between 8.30 and 10.00, lunch times are at 1.00 p.m in the afternoon

Tipping : Usually a tip of 10 to 15% is considered customary, however if you are student, then you can get away with it, as `students pay no tips.’ Also tipping a rickshaw driver or even a bus conductor is not required, but porters or coolies, postmen, registered telegram officials and your telephone workmen expect a tip. Also if you are staying at somebody’s place, it is a part of the tradition to tip the servants. If you are just moving to Ludhiana, then your servants and gardeners expect a tip during the festive seasons of Diwali or Baisakhi, which could amount to half their salary.

Dress Code : While in Ludhiana anything goes, if you are a student - sleeveless shirts to even minis skirts and shorts, jeans form an ideal and an unsaid dress code.Though if you want to blend in the crowd, a staid salwar kameez or a sari is a must for business dealings, if you are not sure of what reception you are likely to receive. While at discs and pubs, you can set your own rules. While some follow the adage, `less is more’, others play it by the comfort rules. Just make sure, you get the dressin’ down right, otherwise you might feel out of place!

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