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way. But avoid 'yes' or 'no' questions, because their englisch might
not be good enough, so you get either 'no' which means they don't
speak English or 'yes' which means they like you to be happy no
matter what the question was. If it's important ask different people
and evaluate it depending on their english skills and personal
background.
In the so called North which I would say is between the South and the
Himalayas further north, there are a lot of people on a small place, so
people can be more rude and swear a lot.
In big cities people are busy and the traffic is terrible. You are really
at risk, if you are not careful or insist on your right of way, which you
don't have. Furthermore there is a constant blowing of horns, dirt
and plastic everywhere and many small fires were they burn the
plastic which releases poison sweet smoke. The smog can be the
worst in the world especially in the north during the harvest time and
winter. For all these reasons I recommend to stay away from any city.
Look for quite places where the road ends, or holy places which are
villages. Sure, to see many of the most famous places you have to go
through cities, but don't plan to stay there for a long time or you
probably will hate India.
Privacy is not that respected in India, so it can happen that there is a
crowd just staring at you. Saying 'namaste' helps. If you sit
somewhere with your smartphone people might just lean curiously
over your shoulder to see what you are looking at. Even when you
are at an ATM, there might be people on both sides of you, trying to
help in case you are stuck. Don’t get mad at them. Just stay friendly
and explain why you want to be left alone or simply look for a more
quiet place.
The (upper) middle class is quite different though. They usually are
educated, speak proper English, are modern and might have cool jobs
and hobbies.