All folks from Kerala always have nariyal ka tel in their hair, all Bengalis wear rubber chappals and monkey caps, and everyone from the North-East is basically an outsider that only eats momos and noodles. As offensive as these stereotypes are, they happen to be some of the ideas that dominate how the rest of the country sees these communities.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it? We all see the people from different parts of our own nation, without actually having seen the real people from that part of the nation! Every other person makes a ‘chinki’ joke every now and then, but how many of us have visited the North-East?


In a brilliant new ad, Thomas Cook India reminded us all not to let our biases create beliefs about people we’ve never even met.

Watch the complete ad right here:

Think about it. More travelling = less ignorance. So go on, take a trip to a place you feel you don’t know well enough. It’s the only way change will ever begin.