Before venturing to India, Andrew and I did some research about what is culturally appropriate, with the aim of not getting into trouble of pissing people off. One of the things that we took strong note of was the ‘no touching’ rule. It doesnt even matter if you’re in love!
How will we cope?
In general, Andrew and I are hand holders, and that is how we show our love. We’ve slowly been getting used to floating alongside each other independently, not touching at all. Its almost been a little bit romantic in a weird way, but thats enough of that.
Over here, whether you’re married or not, you don’t hold hands, touch, kiss or hug in public. What you do in the privacy of your own home is your business.
Seeing it in action
Its been a few days that we’ve been here now and I cant recall seeing a single person hug, kiss or hold hands (Ok, it takes two to tango, you know what I mean!). In fact, I reckon we went for a total of 5 days before we suddenly noticed it. On Saturday it was like someone had flicked a switch. Everywhere we went, the beach, the mall, a historic fort, there were so many young people getting handsy with each other!
Keeping it on the down low
Part of the reason we saw so many young couples was because we were seeking out some shelter from the sun, and they were hiding away in the shadows! While there is a law here (section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, for our interested readers) that suggests you leave one another be, it looks like Mumbikar teenagers are just as rebellious as those back in New Zealand.
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