It is normal to see large, patriarchal families spanning many generations.A lot of smaller businesses are likely to be family-run and owned, and there will be a preference for employing other family members where possible.
Hindus believe that the food can have a profound impact on one's life, and appropriate diet can help in pursuing one's chosen lifestyle.
The Hindu compassion for all living beings, leads Hindus to vegetarian practices.
Indian etiquette is quite formal, a mix of both Western and Asian culture.
India was part of the British Commonwealth for many years and as a result of that connection a considerable volume of the Indian population have been influenced by the British style of etiquette - formal and somewhat conservative. India has a majority Hindu population, approximately 80%, about 14% Muslim, 2.4% Christian, 2% Sikh, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.5% Jains and 0.4% other.
India offers astounding variety in virtually every aspect of social life.
Diversities of ethnic, linguistic, regional, economic, religious, class, and caste groups crosscut Indian society, which is also permeated with immense urban-rural differences and gender distinctions.
But that is where the British influence ends in India - (other than the cricket of course! Of course we are aware of the enormous impact religion has in influencing the customs, etiquette and eating habits of its followers.
For example, Hindus offer food to God first before consuming it themselves.
Differences between north India and south India are particularly significant, especially in systems of kinship and marriage.
Indian society is multifaceted to an extent perhaps unknown in any other of the world’s great civilizations—it is more like an area as varied as Europe than any other single nation-state.
Adding further variety to contemporary Indian culture are rapidly occurring changes affecting various regions and socioeconomic groups in disparate ways.