Why Do Indians Love Giving Free Advice?


Why Do Indians Love Giving Free Advice?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


ost animals and birds are born with basic life skills – swimming, flying, walking. Humans are a little different. We are born completely useless and need to be taught everything. Well, almost everything. Unless you’re Indian. Then the art of giving advice is one of those skills that comes naturally to you, along with making many babies and marrying complete strangers.

But when and how did we master the art of giving free advice? Is it the all-encompassing wisdom of several generations that we call our “elders”? Is it concern masking itself in a bunch of annoying words? Or is it a result of a repressed superiority complex that comes across in casual conversations over drinks?