There's nothing wrong with any of these topics, of course. (If my grandmother read that sentence, she would give me the most stern look in her Indian grandmother arsenal.) These things are all awesome, but there's so much more, and if you're going to date an Indian girl, you need to at least try to be aware of the rest of it.Point being, while I appreciate the general appreciation for our food and culture and the occasional Ganesh reference on television, we could expand a little more. Tikka masala is just the beginning (though it sure as hell is a good place to start).

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Hi, I'm Maya, my family is North Indian, and I'm here to save you from looking foolish while dating an Indian girl.

This wouldn't be such a necessary talk to have if Indian girls got more screen time in Western culture. And Aishwarya Rai is phenomenal and beautiful and pretty much everything I've ever wanted in a poster girl for Indian culture.

They typically last for days, there's mehndi (henna) and should you be fortunate enough to get invited as a plus one, try to make it through the ceremony without asking too many questions about dowries.

But you'll probably be asked to try, and then you'll get a lecture about how you're using a "w" sound when you need to use a "v." (And yes, I have an embarrassing nickname too and no, I'm not saying what it is on the Internet, but Indian chicks, I FEEL YOU.)Not a bad thing, mostly it's just hilarious that it's a thing so many people do.

Though like, while we're on this topic, it'd be a good idea if you learned who Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan were.

They're both absolutely stunning, so it's for your own good.

If she's going to be arranged at all (which is VERY rare in the U.

S.), she'll likely get to meet potential suitors based on families and will have veto power.

" Ideally you'll want to meet the parents because the relationship is going well, and not because you want to satisfy your Indian food craving, but it's definitely a perk.