Arré Checklist: Decoding the Great Indian Eye Contact

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Arré Checklist: Decoding the Great Indian Eye Contact

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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he great Indian nod has had its moment in the sun. It has been the butt of many jokes, it’s made great fodder for viral videos, and Russell Peters has made millions off it. But what about the great Indian eye contact? The poor, forgotten cousin of the head bobble. It is just as mystifying if not more. Making eye contact might be the one thing Indians are worse at than practising safe sex.

Around the world, locking eyes with someone is considered a non-threatening way of greeting each other, but not here. We tend to use the gaze like a weapon. The best way to ruin a good mood would be to walk down a busy street and try and meet the eyes of everyone passing you by.

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