Dear India, it’s time to correct a few things. It’s 2019!

As a person of Indian origin (and someone who is deeply connected to India), I talk to a lot of friends and family members who are in India and some of the things they say/do annoy the heck out of me. Here are my top 5 (for now)


When you read out your email address,, the ‘@’ is read as ‘at’, not ‘at the rate‘ or ‘at the rate of‘. There is no “rate” in your email address.


Over the years WhatsApp has grown in popularity everywhere and Indians have embraced it hard… really hard. As such, I often get asked for my “WhatsApp number“. There is no such thing. WhatsApp is a messaging app which uses your phone number as the identifier. As long as you have me as one of your contacts and you have WhatsApp installed, you can message me over WhatsApp.

Edit: Do they say this because of the dual SIM situation?


When doing a video call (Facetime, WhatsApp, Messenger etc.), please don’t put your phone to your ear (while the video is still ON). It is not very pleasant (to say the least) for the person on the other end.


Sending “Good morning” and “Good night” messages can be annoying for the recipient … more if they are on a different timezone. I know you do this with only good intentions but not all good intentions resonate well. This is one such candidate.


Stop spreading FAKE NEWS. There is a website called which will easily tell you if a news you’re sharing on your social media is fake. Takes a few seconds and can save you from a lot of embarrassment. We all have fallen victim to this. So I don’t blame Indians in particular.

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