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19 Annoying Things Foreigners Really Need To Get Right About India

FFS. stop. saying. chai. tea.

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10. If you've ever been here, you'd know that India isn’t all dirty, smelly, and always crowded.

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13. Raj's accent from The Big Bang Theory is not an accurate representation of every Indian's accent.

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There are over 200 languages in India, and just as many accents – nearly none of which sound like the ones used by Indians on American TV.

14. We aren’t all math and engineering nerds – we come from rich culture spanned over thousands of years of art, entertainment, comedy and literature.

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Unfortunately, those with specific occupations are more likely to get a visa in the United States Of America.

18. We don’t all look the same.

19. And finally, we are not exotic, not irrelevant, and definitely not an ignorable dot. We're one of the biggest populations in the world, and a force to be goddamned reckoned with.

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Andre Borges at andre.borges@buzzfeed.com.

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