GREETINGS AND COURTESIES: Whenever Indians greet each other or say good-bye, the put their palms together with their fingers pointing upwards and slightly nodding their head, known as Namaste. Sometimes when greeting superiors/elders or as a sign of respect, a slight bow is added. Indian men may also greet by a handshake. However, women are not as amenable towards shaking hands. When meeting a woman, a man should wait for her to initiate a handshake. If she does not, then the man can smile and nod slightly. Men should also remember not to touch or sit too close to a woman.
DECISION MAKING: Decisions are made slowly and carefully. Indians will take the time to discuss every aspect involved sometimes even regarding matters that may seem irrelevant, before they will give a final answer. Foreign executives must wait with the utmost patience as plans are made and tasks are completed. Impatience is viewed as rude, and pressuring people to get things done faster are resisted and resented.
CONVERSATIONAL TOPICS: Talking about friends, family, and local environment is an important piece of the Indian business culture; thus, small talk is frequently made at the beginning of meetings before the topic at hand comes to the table. It is considered important for building up a good relationship with the Indian community. Indians may tend to become very enthusiastic when discussing about politics and religion. These small talks are accompanied by refreshments at the beginning of the meeting. Having tea at regular intervals is an important part of the India business culture.
TIME: Indians value punctuality in others; being on time is appreciated and respected. However, foreigners must keep in mind that Indians will often be late themselves. Indian executives generally prefer to meet in the late morning or early afternoon.
BUSINESS ATTIRE: Mainly formals are worn. That is a formal shirt and a formal pant. Usually on the last working day of a week...