Direct and Indirect Communication Between Cultures

Direct and Indirect Communication Between Cultures


So there’s a saying in Indian culture, it’s “atithi devo bhava”, which means if a guest comes to your
house, you treat him or her like you would treat God if he came to your house.
Um so hospitality is a really big part of Indian culture and I’ve noticed in my
experience how its expressed is through offering food many times and sometimes
you offer again and again and again. So now that I’ve given you some background
on Indian culture, this one time my friend and I are at lunch and I offer
her my food. She says “Yes, sure why not” and she says it in the first time of me
offering and then she offers me her food and I well, I say “No”, you know to… the
polite thing to do is say no first and I’m thinking in my head yeah of course I
want to try that, um but she doesn’t offer me her food again. And I’m sitting there
thinking “What just happened?” and I’ve noticed this over time. I’ve lived here
for seven years now and this is the one thing that happens to me time and again.
Uh I’ve noticed that in Canada, open and direct communication is something that
is very important because I’ve noticed it’s
not just in the workplace but also in daily lives, like having lunch with your
friend. So there is no beating around the bush, um so if you want something, you say it. If you don’t like something, you know, you
say that too.

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