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Old September 9th, 2016, 11:15 AM
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So while chatting with somebody I came to know you don't wear shoes in Gujarat, not in offices anyway. "Work is worship" taken too far?

I've never heard of this even though I've been to Gujarat once. Share more of such weird/amazing things you find out about different places/practices in India.



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So while chatting with somebody I came to know you don't wear shoes in Gujarat, not in offices anyway. "Work is worship" taken too far?

I've never heard of this even though I've been to Gujarat once. Share more of such weird/amazing things you find out about different places/practices in India.



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Avunculate Marriage (uncle-niece marriage) and Cousin-Marriage.

But the practice of avunculate marriage is probably waning.

I guess Cousin-Marriage is practiced in North India also because I have seen it Hindi TV serials/movies.
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Avunculate Marriage (uncle-niece marriage) and Cousin-Marriage.

But the practice of avunculate marriage is probably waning.

I guess Cousin-Marriage is practiced in North India also because I have seen it Hindi TV serials/movies.
Says who? As far as i know, only practiced by Muslims, some Sikhs, Telugu, Tamil folks. Cousins are considered brothers and sisters amongst north India Hindus.
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only practiced by Muslims, some Sikhs
Oh shit!

My inference proved to be true.

That means cousin-marriage doesn't cause mental-retardation or other physical or mental congenital defects. I have not seen many incidence of such birth-defects in above mentioned communities.

The notion of marriage between blood relatives causing defects may be a myth.
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My Hyderabadi muslim neighbor says they know about the birth defects possible when cousins marry.. And now lesser people are doing it.
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My Hyderabadi muslim neighbor says they know about the birth defects possible when cousins marry.. And now lesser people are doing it.
Answer this question. Isn't it true that Sikhs have less of this problem of genetic defects despite cousin-marriages? That means cousin-marriage shouldn't be blamed.
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So while chatting with somebody I came to know you don't wear shoes in Gujarat, not in offices anyway. "Work is worship" taken too far?

I've never heard of this even though I've been to Gujarat once. Share more of such weird/amazing things you find out about different places/practices in India.

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wierd... I did not know about it!

wonder if NaMo does that at his office in delhi....
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sarvi, you must've already read about the weird rituals/practices in India. google it if you haven't yet. It's actually shocking! wasn't sure about posting the link. rituals mentioned are worth the discussion tho.
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So while chatting with somebody I came to know you don't wear shoes in Gujarat, not in offices anyway. "Work is worship" taken too far?

I've never heard of this even though I've been to Gujarat once. Share more of such weird/amazing things you find out about different places/practices in India.

P.S. I could write a whole book about my surprising moments for the first time in south India.
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wierd... I did not know about it!

wonder if NaMo does that at his office in delhi....
This is probably not universal, but definitely a common practice for small businesses in Gujarat. I can recall a daily routine/ritual of several small business owners when they open the shop: take off their shoes/chappal outside, jhadu lagao, light an agarbatti and a small "good morning" pooja before attending the first customer. Of course, at this time, they'd put their shoes/chappal back on.

Is this not followed anywhere else outside of Gujarat?

I don't remember observing this at public offices or large businesses.
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This is probably not universal, but definitely a common practice for small businesses in Gujarat. I can recall a daily routine/ritual of several small business owners when they open the shop: take off their shoes/chappal outside, jhadu lagao, light an agarbatti and a small "good morning" pooja before attending the first customer. Of course, at this time, they'd put their shoes/chappal back on.

Is this not followed anywhere else outside of Gujarat?

I don't remember observing this at public offices or large businesses.
Exactly,the above picture looks like from outside of some classes or institutes most probably some computer institute because thats the only place nowadays where people are expected to remove chappal

And BTW whats wrong if you ask someone to remove your footwears outside your home or work place for cleanliness of the place ?
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Exactly,the above picture looks like from outside of some classes or institutes most probably some computer institute because thats the only place nowadays where people are expected to remove chappal

And BTW whats wrong if you ask someone to remove your footwears outside your home or work place for cleanliness of the place ?
Nothing wrong. I hadn't seen or heard of this practice anywhere. I heard of it in a retail sales office with 50-70 employees.
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And BTW whats wrong if you ask someone to remove your footwears outside your home or work place for cleanliness of the place ?
nothing wrong. sometimes it might be better to wear the footwear than not though - people who do not change/wash their socks or wash their feet or have the perspiring feet give out yukky stench. I'd rather sweep the house after they have left to clear dirt from the footwear....
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And BTW whats wrong if you ask someone to remove your footwears outside your home or work place for cleanliness of the place ?
as long as the place is clean
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This is probably not universal, but definitely a common practice for small businesses in Gujarat. I can recall a daily routine/ritual of several small business owners when they open the shop: take off their shoes/chappal outside, jhadu lagao, light an agarbatti and a small "good morning" pooja before attending the first customer. Of course, at this time, they'd put their shoes/chappal back on.
probably quite common in other areas too. not the impression I got when I read the OP.
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One practice (rather habit) which i find a bit amazing is that of wiping the plates before eating in arestaurant, mess, etc. It comes out of distrust in the cleaning done in a restaurant in India, but many do this even in high end restaurants in India or in Umrika.

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