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8 Common Causes of Death in India:
1. Power Plays: Death by Hierarchy – More than money, fame, or gold (and Indians love gold), power is the most prized possession. Its applications and examples are endless. If you don’t understand the rules, you will suffer the consequences.
2. See 1 See 100: Death by Crowd – Every individual you see in India has no less than 100 other people who support, control, influence, demand, and enable that person’s life. The essential and intense nature of groups in India makes it nearly impossible to survive if you try to do India on your own.
3. Indias not India: Death by Diversity – India is a plurality of diversity. A group of ten Indians can be segmented into twenty different groups, each with their own rules and taboos. If you come to India unaware of the differences, you will apply the wrong rules to the wrong people and certainly step on a landmine you never knew existed.
4. Grey is White: Death by Ambiguity – In India, morality, ethics, and logic are all situational and relational, and actions that seem ethically grey to you are easily justifiable in India based on who is involved. Those who insist on more black and white standards will have a very short life span.
5. The Customer Is Always There: Death by Indifference – For most of India, customers and clients are either a nuisance or a host for parasitism. Even in situations outside the marketplace, you can get caught feeling like you are fighting an individual battle with a foe who is bigger, stronger, older, and couldn’t care less about you. This one causes early onset death.
6. Thin Skinned: Death by Sensitivity – Indians are easily offended. Tensions and sentiments run high around some obvious and not-so-obvious issues. As an outsider, you must be aware of the common traps and how to avoid getting unintentionally caught in the crossfire.
7. Time is Eternal: Death by Delay – Events and meetings are more likely to start late, be postponed, or get cancelled than actually happen. If you do not let go of your airtight schedule and adopt some new definitions of time, this could be the cause of your demise.
8. Chaos Beats Logic: Death by Disorder – India is functioning anarchy. Things break down quickly, but last for thousands of years. Chaos is king and is not a kind master to those who prefer to follow a precise plan.