8 Questions No Indian Knew They Needed Answers To.

Blog By riyaz  |  16-10-17

Here they are..

#8 Horn OK Please

#8 Horn OK Please

What does "Horn OK Please" actually mean? We have all wondered this at some point in our lives. There are new theories regarding this that pop up all the time. But this one seems to be the most accurate.

During World War II the "OK" stood for trucks that ran on "only kerosene". Since kerosene trucks were unreliable and volatile, the phrase "Horn Please, On Kerosene" was put into use, and has stuck ever since.


#7 Are rotis round for a reason?

#7 Are rotis round for a reason?

Why are rotis round? Why is the sky blue? Why does everyone ask me to shut up when I ask these questions. We actively encourage such questions!

The shape of the roti helps in the dough puffing up when it is heated, since the sides are equidistant from the centre of the roti. This ensures the roti puffs up evenly, and doesn't burn on any side.


#6 Why do autorickshaw drivers often sit on the edge of their seats, instead of the centre?

#6 Why do autorickshaw drivers often sit on the edge of their seats, instead of the centre?

It turns out a lot of people have wondered this. And they have asked the auto drivers why they sit on the edge of their seats.

Their answers range from force of habit, to learning to drive while sitting next to their teacher. To convenience, sitting on the side means the driver can accommodate another passenger next to them.


#5 What is the deal with our "on-the-fence" head bobble?

#5 What is the deal with our

Admit it, pretty much all of us do it. And we don't even know that we're doing it till a foreigner points it out.

Well, according to a theory the head bobble is something we invented to avoid answering our British rulers with a direct yes or no. It's a maybe instead of a definite yes.


#4 What does the "namaste" gesture signify?

#4 What does the

We have always used namaste as a means to say hello. But has anyone wondered what it signifies?

The meaning of the namaste gesture is, "May our minds meet". This is indicated by the meeting of the palms. This is accompanied by the bowing of the head to humbly extend friendship.


#3 Why do we use the word "only" so damn much?

#3 Why do we use the word

The reason a lot of Indians tend to use the word "only" at the end of their sentences is because they're directly translating it from the Hindi equivalent of the same sentence.

If you were to say, "Usne hi mujhe bola", it's easy to translate it to, "He only told me". While incorrect, we have heard it so many times that it is easy for the sentence to get past us.


#2 Why do we drink so much tea?

#2 Why do we drink so much tea?

Tea is something we all need on a daily basis. It is the reason for our breaks, the evening snack for our hunger. The start of all conversation.

When the British East India Company was taking over parts of India, they converted large tracts of land for mass tea production. This was done to break the Chinese monopoly on tea being imported by India, and the habit of drinking tea grew amongst Indians, till it became an everyday thing.


#1 Why do we like to have curd and sugar before we set out to do something auspicious?

#1 Why do we like to have curd and sugar before we set out to do something auspicious?

Hindus believe that before setting out to do something important, like going for an exam, one must have some curd and sugar. They do this because they believe the curd has a cooling effect on the body, while the sugar provides a useful burst of energy. Sweet.








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