Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I’ve been in Langkawi, Malaysia all week. I’m heading back in a couple days then leave straight away to the US through the end of July. Poor Ben will be stuck in Goa for a month in the monsoon with just our crazy dog and cat.
  • Hope you have been following along my instagram for pics from Langkawi!

Now your story,

Our housekeeper (it’s not weird in India to have one!) came into the house smiling ear to ear with a chocolate cake and a bottle of coca-cola. She said “I brought you cake, it’s my birthday!”

I felt HORRIBLE! I wished I’d known it was her Birthday so that I could get her a cake. This was a couple years ago before I knew that in Indian culture, the birthday girl or boy brings snacks and cakes, or takes other people out for a meal. It’s the total opposite in America.

Ben mentioned that in the UK when it’s someone’s birthday, the birthday boy covers the bill at dinner. In the US, the birthday boy is the only one who doesn’t pay and everyone else covers their share as their present. I found that pretty shocking.

It makes me wonder how many other countries have such giving birthday boys and girls! I still give presents here in India, but even this year my housekeeper did that exact same thing and brought a cake and soda, didn’t have a piece until after us (although we insisted), and wouldn’t let us clean the plates.

This is India!

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