Table of Contents
Dating in Delhi is different from what you might have experienced before. In Delhi, dating includes lifestyles, morals, and values that may be foreign to you. These traditions and rituals are unique to the Indian culture. To ensure that you have a positive experience with your date, we will share some tips on how to maintain an enjoyable relationship while also respecting their culture and traditions.
What to expect from dating in Delhi?
Dating in Delhi is different from dating anywhere else; there are cultural differences that are difficult to get accustomed to. Delhi has an old-fashioned approach towards the role of men and women in society (with regard to dating). This doesn’t mean that there is less romance here, but rather a different kind of romance.
In general, most people in Delhi are more reserved and traditional when it comes to intimate relationships. If you are from a more conservative society, you may find it difficult to communicate with singles here. This is because you may misinterpret their behavior as being cold or disinterested. However, this is only because they are less expressive about their emotions. Talking excessively about one’s life in the first meeting is considered highly inappropriate and offensive by local standards. As a result, some ex-pats have missed out on many opportunities for a romantic relationship by behaving awkwardly and making the wrong first impression in these situations.
Read Also: 10 Things to Impress Your Valentine
Tips for dating in Delhi
To make the best impression with your date while going out, take into account the following:
- Be aware of how their culture and religion are important factors in their life.
- When it comes to dressing, make sure to dress appropriately for the occasion. You should wear something that is formal with pockets and folds, but not too flashy. If you have a lot of jewelry on, it may not go down well with some cultures.
- Try to visit an air-conditioned restaurant (which is not as cold as your home country). The lights are dimmed, and the service is done by waiters instead of going to the counter.
- If your date orders food, you should do the same. It would be considered rude if you ordered something different. Instead, compliment them on their selection.
- If someone offers you a drink try and accept it politely, even if you do not want to drink it. If you say that you do not drink alcohol politely refuse and tell them that it is not something that you would like to have at this time. This is when your good manners come into effect.
- Do not be afraid to use a bit of hand and body language touch here. This is expected and the best way to show interest.
- Do not be afraid to speak loudly. Speak clearly and confidently, and avoid whispering into your date’s ear as this might be seen as uncomfortable or awkward..
- If you are making a toast, then do it in a loud voice, so that everyone can hear clearly what you are saying.
- If your date and their friends invite you for dinner or drinks at their house, do accept their offer. This is considered a great honor in Indian culture and if you refuse, it may diminish their opinion of you. If you are invited, be punctual. If you are running late, they may begin eating their dinner or hosting the drinks without you.
- Do not expect or demand physical contact in public. You must wait for a private moment to hold hands or touch shoulders.
- If a woman offers to buy you a drink and if it is at a bar, let her order your drink and accept it. If she asks you what your drink is, do not tell her unless she orders it for you as well. This will be considered very rude as most men would not offer to pay for the drinks of women on dates even if there are other people at the table.
- Do not stare intensely into your date’s eyes for too long, which may be seen as a sign of aggression or disrespect.
Read Also: Pocket-friendly Date Ideas in Delhi
Common mistakes expats make while going on a date
Make sure to follow these rules during the first meeting with your potential partner:
- Don’t talk about your money and wealth For example telling her/him that you have a big house, a nice car etc. Avoid mentioning that you are financially independent so it doesn’t give the wrong message. This is an issue in Indian culture and they think if someone is financially independent then they can spend their money on whomever they want or when they want without the feelings of guilt.
- Don’t try to impress her/him too much with your lifestyle and job. Most Indians follow a traditional way of living and would not like those who stand out from the crowd.
- Avoid getting drunk at the first meeting It is considered very rude not just with Indian culture but also with many other cultures even though it is acceptable in your country.
- Keep your hands to yourself Remember physical contact outside of an intimate relationship is frowned upon.
- Don’t talk too much about yourself Be interested in what they have to say, not just waiting for them to finish talking so you can jump in and be heard. This is a big mistake made by most expats especially when it comes to listening skills during a date.
- Don’t criticize their culture, traditions and food on the first date Not to say that you cannot have those discussions later on but when you first meet someone for the first time, it is best to avoid talking about how their culture or food is different from your home country. It shows a lack of respect and appreciation for their culture.
Read Also: #8 Reasons Why Dating in Delhi is Different
We hope you have a clear idea about what to do while going on a date with someone special and how to not ruin it. The first impression 90% of the time decides where the relationship between two people is gonna go, and hence, DON’T BE STUPID! Be a gentleman, and make your love life amazing!
Continue Reading Below