Confrontation of Culture
Everyone is shaped by their own culture whether they know about it or not. Our very thoughts and actions are dependent on our culture. These thoughts and actions are so ingrained that we don’t even think about them until we are confronted with another culture and another way of doing things. Culture is not confined to an eve or a celebration. It is something which is a way or pattern people of particular region and religion follow. I could strongly say this from my own experience. It’s been 3 years I came to United States of America from an Asian country, India.A secular country with different religions, traditions and diversified cultures. Getting used to different culture of a country after 25 long years of life in native country is not that easy. I prepared mentally in advance before coming here, about American culture a little bit through some books and movies. But in practical life was not that easy for me. The day I landed here, it was very exciting as it was my dream to come to United States of America. My husband is here in this country since 1997.He is a software engineer by profession. I used to feel alone initially when I came here. He leaves to work at 8.00 A.M in the morning and comes back by 6.00 P.M in the evening. I couldn’t go out anywhere as driving was a problem for me, although I was driving in India for 10 years. The rules and regulations were entirely different in India. We drive on left side of the road and here it is on to the right side. It was amazing to see the sense of driving people have in this country. People strictly bind to the traffic rules and follow them strictly. I started preparation for driver’s license test after couple of months. Finally I succeeded in obtaining the license, which resulted in buying a used car for me by my husband. Verbal communication plays a vital role in this country, which I was unaware. Somehow back in India, we are poor in that. We are used to head wobble for...
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