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Aniket basically said the right thing but let me clarify a few things. There are many regions/groups of people in India but for myself the Bengali example is the best. It is very common for Bengalis to have two names, one of which (bhalo naam) is the legal name used on all official documents. The other (dak naam) is a colloquial name used by family and ...


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Missing pages generally invalidate a passport. Depending on how cleanly they were removed, a casual inspection might not notice, but if noticed, you will at the very least be in for some heavy questioning, and may be denied boarding/entry. Applying for a new passport is strongly advisable.


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You don't need a hat. If you're traveling for business and are in the IT industry, you'll spend all your time in air-conditioned offices, hotels and taxis, and will spend very little time outside. As a rule, only the poor walk in India, and the campuses of Indian IT firms are generally in suburbs that are virtually unreachable by public transport anyway. ...


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Your good name is basically your first name. It's a throwback from our British colonial days... where a gentleman would ask another who is not of acquaintance and would like to be friendly - "May I ask your good name, sir?" or something on those terms. And if they ask for your full name - well you tell your full name. In India, it's preferable to use ...


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In my opinion, when in doubt it's always better to err on the safe side and get a new passport. Last thing you want to happen is to get bounced back at immigration checks due to a damaged passport. Quoting from my other answer on the topic: I checked the definitions of damaged passports and there seems to be a common denominator across countries. A ...


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It's not about security (which would obviously be way too late), it's about taxes. India has heavy Customs duties and they're trying to catch people bringing in undeclared electronics, alcohol, tobacco, drugs etc, much of which is clearly visible on an X-ray. India is by no means alone in this: eg. Indonesia and Saudi Arabia X-ray all incoming bags, and eg. ...


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In India, we have good names (bhalo naam/shubh naam), as in the name you would put in a formal document, and nicknames (daak naam). Like in America you would have Robert Brown and Robby.


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They are asking for your given name or first name. There is alot of cultural relevance to names. i.e. what they should call you informally. My ex-pat friend living in India described the translation to be that "Good Name" is used in place of "Christian name". It doesn't make sense to ask someone's Christian name when they're not a Christian.


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Like many already mentioned by some, it's just a literal translation of the Hindi phrase "Shubh Naam". It's not strictly needed that "Good name" must be the first and last name. Now to understand what they are expecting, it really depends on who is asking you and for what purpose. Let's say your name is George Timothy Clooney :) :) ( Why not! It's his ...


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No, it's fine. Unused visas are common for business travellers (I have several in my passports), and are not considered a problem for future visa applications, at Immigration, etc.


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I think @uncovery is right. For 200USD customs would not ask for any proof. I carry USDs all the time. I have never been asked to show any proof whatsoever. Customs only ask when it exceeds $5,000 or in some countries $10,000. You might want to read the next point in the link you shared Any person resident out of India is allowed to take out of India ...


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I asked here and got this answer: Hieronder rusthen Lijk den Here lies the body of Egte Vrouwe Van de Heer the wife of Mister Godefridus Weijerman Godefridus Weijerman gen. Susanna Geertruijda named Susanna Geertruijda Pfeiffer in de kraam van eene Pfeiffer while giving birth to a Doode Soon Overleden dead son [she] died den 28 Maart Ao 1715[?] ...


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What is your good name ? Translates to What is your name? Or What shall I call you? Don't think too much, it's just a gesture... the world is more than logical thinking :)


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With a UV index of nearly 14 you need to be extremely careful when outside during the day. Even on an overcast day, the UV index will be half of what it would be on clear day, so you could easily have a higher UV index in India on an overcast day than in Britain in the summer on a clear day. Also, the UV radiation can penetrate light clothing and irradiate ...


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I've never been to India, but I'd suggest a Fedora. In the Western countries, it looks like the only socially acceptable "business hat" option, unless you want to look like Uncle Scrooge or Oliver Hardy.


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If you are on a business trip, these should be your priorities: Do NOT wear a hat in inside any premises if those are pertaining to your business. Use an umbrella when out (That is going to help you more, and is socially acceptable as well) Your requirements would also depend on the city you are planning to visit.


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While you'll probably be spending most of your time indoors and in air conditioned rooms, another thing to realise is that in India the sun is not as strong as it would be on a sunny day in the UK. Yes, it gets to 40+ degrees C but because of the pollution you will likely not get sunburned. (Even if you could stay out in that kind of heat long enough to get ...


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To elaborate on jpatokal answer: Other countries do not care - at all. They often cannot even tell if you used the visa or not. Specially multiple-entry visa do not show on the visa page itself if they have been used or not. You would have to go through the whole passport and check for stamps that would fall into the timeline of the visa validity. India ...


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In Hindi, Indians say Aapka shubh naam kya hai? Here Shubh means good and Naam means name. Hence, everybody says this. This Hindi phrase is a way of asking someone's name and is translated literally when asking someone's name in English. To Indian ears, it sounds more polite than just "What's your name?" So the correct answer to give when posed with the ...


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I used to be friends with a whole lot of snakecharmers in Jaipur. They worked (put on displays) at the Rambagh Palace hotel and at Clarks Hammer hotel. Also used to wait at the railway crossing near bajaj nagar. Things may be different now that it's illegal, but surely, people will still call upon local snakecharmers if they see a snake in their house or ...


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Since you withdrew it from an ATM the exchange has been done by your bank, which is authorized to do that. The question is rather if the customs offices on departure will ask you for a proof of that. If you can find a print-out of your bank statement where the withdrawal is noted, it would be a good thing to carry along, just to make sure. However, I would ...


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It is not legal to carry Indian currency notes out of India. Once you have a bank account in Thailand you can do a wire transfer from your Indian bank account. You can also buy Thai currency from India and take it with you but the value should not exceed USD10000. Another way to do this would be to just take your visa or mastercard debit card with you and ...


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Yes, you are importing a new device into India. Using it before coming home doesn't absolve you of duty.


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Travelling with Pets on Indian Railway The Indian Rails Rules for Luggage regulate the carriage of birds, without mentioning parrots explicitly. The sender (i.e. the OP in our case) must fill in a Forwarding Note, as specified in Section 64 of the Railway Act, providing details on the animals. These include declaring the value of the animals in order to ...


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"Yes Parrots are Banned in Indian Railways" On asking to officials they replied that carrying parrots are illegal in Indian trains, So you can't carry parrots in Indian Railways. It is good to banned on parrot trade,


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This was quite common earlier, the number of such occurrences has decreased now. Due to the large volume of transactions that irctc website caters to, some of the transactions fail. In your case, the communication between the bank website and irctc must have timed out. You will receive a refund for this. However, the services charges will be deducted. It is ...


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It's a polite form, an honorific. It's not a test. I'm guessing you'd never hear a native speaker say ''MY good name is...''


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September is one of the rainiest months. Consider North India to follow the climate from the Northern Hemisphere. I suggest you start at the mid-north and work your way up. I.e - Gujarat/Rajastan/Delhi and then head north. Note, rainfall decreases as temperature dips into winter - and this happens significantly during September. Combine this with the fact ...



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