A traveller is not scared of the unknown. He/She rushes forth to cross the unknown river and is not afraid of the change to be faced on the opposite coast. But a traveller is never careless and always tries to equip himself/herself to deal with such changes. A huge world like ours which accommodates several differences demands a long list of such preparations from a global traveller.
A big chunk of this preparation part is to acquaint oneself with the prevalent gestures of the destination. You don't want to inadvertently offend your host in a foreign country. So here are a few gestures an Indian should acquaint oneself with before sailing abroad :
1. Don't give a t humbs up to show your approval when in Italy, Iraq, Iran, Greece, Russia, Sardinia or West Africa. It is akin to "up your ass"
2. Never cross your fingers to wish for good luck in Vietnam. You'd be insulting someone by showing the symbol for female genitals.
3. Do not try to act cool and make the the corna (the Karna Mudra of Buddha and a rock symbol) in the Mediterranean countries. This gesture equals calling a man a bastard.
4. The V sign that Indians make to denote victory or peace in India when used in Australia and England means 'up your ass'.
5. Indians should never use the gesture of extending their palm out to stop someone in Greece or Africa. In Greece it is akin to telling people to go to hell, w hile in Africa, it is a slang to say that they have five fathers .
6. Never try to ask the way to the loo by holding up your pinky in UK. You will be telling the man that he has a little penis.