They come and they go (well, usually).
“Atithi devo bhava” [Guest is God] is what is part of our code of conduct in Indian society. Whoever our guest is, we try our best to greet & treat them well. Here is a list of 20 types of guest you can expect in India.
1. The Foodie Guest
You are not well. They come to visit you. You need to feed them snacks.
Wanna know how I tore my ligament? Well, never mind!
2. The Long Stay Guest
They stay on without hinting on a leaving date.
3. The Nosy Guest
They intrude into your issues. They put their nose into your private matters & would be ever-ready with their “valuable” advice.
4. The Early Risers
They wake up early & make noises. NOISES!!!
5. The Charmer
They would charm everyone with their looks or skills. They just steal the show, leaving you jealous.
And you console yourself by saying this:
6. The Boastful
Makes you feel miserable if your house is small, kids are not doing as well in studies, or you don’t get diamonds as gifts. But you keep your smile intact.
7. The Booze Buddy
Need I say more?
8. The Social Bee
They always show up at wrong times. You tell them that you are busy or have some work. They still come in. 🙁
9. The Ride Back Home Guest
They would subtly insist on a drop back home. Always!
10. The Needy Guest
They appear at your place ONLY at times when they need to seek some help or money.
11. The Talkative
They can go on & on & on & on for hours without letting others speak.
12. The Santa
They would always get a gift for you – chocolates for kids, box of sweets, homemade goodies etc.
13. The Matchmaker
Eligible bachelor (or girl) for your son/daughter would come from top of their heads. Their database is always up-to-date.
14. The Long-time Neighbours
They consider themselves family and well, they do take care of your family when you are not around.
15. The Spouse Lecher
They would be just passing by your house always at the time when your spouse is alone at home.
16. The NRI
You need to put up with their tantrums – mineral water, unhygienic, oily, spicy food. Makes you feel how US (or the foreign country) is better than India in every regard.
17. The Marketeer
They come to sell something – LIC policies/Oriflame/Tupperware etc. When they come, you would be cooking stories in your mind to tell them why you can’t buy their policy (or product).
18. The Idle
They are couch potatoes who would not do a thing to help you. Easy to locate them – in front of the TV all day – while you do all the household work!
19. The Fussy
They are so fussy about their eating, bathing & sleeping habits that you don’t know what to serve them. “Aaj mera somvar hai, maine bataya tha tumhe” Grrr…
20. The Adorable Guests
You get so fond of these guests that you cry or feel sad when they leave. These are normally the ones who either took care of you when you needed or with whom you spent a gala time.
Finally, there’s no denying the fact that we all love some company. After all, hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. 🙂