Differences Between The People Of India And Americans


In my travels in India, there were several thing that I noticed about the Indian people and how they differed from us back in the US. And I am not talking about cultural differences, there were plenty of them but that is a story for another day. There were several physical features that I noticed were different, some of them are pretty obvious and a couple may be a little more questionable. But these were just my observations.

Skin Color

The most obvious difference between people from India and the US is the skin color. Their color is far browner but there is an obsession in India where everyone wants really white skin. So they try all these things to get whiter skin whereas people in western countries usually want a nice and dark tan. It’s funny that we always seem to want what we don’t have. Ever wondered why people have such different color skins? It’s because of the different levels of melanin production in our bodies. All races have approximately the same number of melanocytes, or melanin-making cells, but they differ in how actively the cells make melanin. There’s your fun fact for the day.

Facial Features

Aside from the color of skin, Indians generally have a flatter nose and larger eyes then Americans. They can also have wider faces and often straight hair. Indians can sometimes be mistaken for Persians


I am a reasonably tall person standing at 6 foot 2 inches, but I don’t feel tall in the US. But when I traveled in India, I towered above what seemed to be absolutely everyone. Don’t get me wrong, there were some taller people there and I saw several about the same size as me, but as a whole, people seemed to be a lot shorter.

Size Of Breasts

Bit of a strange one and not sure if it was just me, but do the women of India have smaller breasts then those in America? There were very small bust sizes everywhere I looked except for a few that I saw which obviously had some kind of cosmetic surgery to enlarge their breasts. Maybe I was not looking in the right places or maybe I am right. Who knows really?

Skin Care Tips From The People Of India


Some cultures just appear to have naturally amazing skin. Their faces never appear dull or overly shiny, but perfectly fresh; their bodies are always perfectly hydrated and free of dryness or painful itching; what, exactly, is it that makes some peoples more beautiful naturally than others? Well, depending on the culture and its locale, every group of people uses its very own DIY and natural products to keep themselves looking their best. The women of India are known for this – Indian women always have amazing skin. Here are their tips for keeping your own body looking its best, with natural ingredients only.

Coconut Oil

If you need to refresh and reinvigorate your skin, coconut oil should be your product of choice. The women of India use it on their scalp to increase circulation around the hair follicles, and all over their bodies in order to keep skin moisturized. Heat up a small dab of coconut oil, and rub it anywhere your skin feels dry; the oil will ensure you wake up in the morning with slick, smooth skin that’s itch-free.


You may know turmeric as a Chinese remedy for brightened, shining skin; it’s also a very popular skin care ingredient in India, too. Create a homemade skin paste out of turmeric, natural (sugar free) yogurt, and honey. Apply it to your face, or any other particularly needy patch of skin, for 15 minutes. Once you rinse it off and dry your skin, you’ll notice that it evens out any scars, marks, or signs of aging.

Tulsi (Basil)

Tulsi is a plant, or herb, considered holy in the nation of India. Nicknamed “holy basil”, this leafy herb is considered a healer. Crush it up with a mortar and pestle, and add it to honey; rub this mixture on your face, and you’ll instantly infuse antioxidants into your skin. Once washed off, its effects linger as tulsi replenishes your skin cells, helps with moisture retention, and keeps healthy antioxidants in your skin.

Gram Flour

Gram flour isn’t a product know to many beyond India – but it’s an incredible skincare secret. Also known as chickpea flour, this product is the perfect natural exfoliator. Grab a handful in the shower and rub into your wet skin, and you’ll find your skin refreshed and perfectly circulating once it’s rinsed off. It’s also an excellent acne cure, when combined with turmeric and lemon juice, as it helps eliminate excess oils.

Counterfeit Goods In India


If you travel to India and see a product that is an unbelievable price, something that you would be paying 10 – 20 times more back home, the chances are it is not such a great deal. The chances are that the product is a counterfeit product which is extremely low quality and will last 10 – 20 times shorter than the original brand name product. So what are some of the things you should watch out for and what are some of the most common counterfeit products selling in India today?


One of the most commonly counterfeited products around the world is handbags. No exception for India, with counterfeit handbags topping the list of counterfeit products. Be mindful on where you buy a handbag, try to buy from a reputable shop and make sure you check the quality. You can usually spot a poorly made handbag by poor quality stitching, uneven stitches and lose ends.


I never even heard of fake workout supplements before I visited India. Apparently close to 50% of supplements in some areas are actually fake and do basically nothing. If you plan of buying any supplements for working out in India, make sure you buy them from a reputable store and look for signs of counterfeiting.


Wallets are another common target for counterfeiters. They are pretty easy to make and easy to make them look like expensive brand name products. When buying a wallet, again, look at the quality of the stitching and also the feel of the leather (if it’s a leather wallet). The knock off wallets are generally made of much cheaper feeling leather (or leather substitute material) which often gives it away.


While clothing is a little less common to counterfeit, it still does happen. Especially for the top dollar brands. Counterfeit clothing can be a little harder to spot as so many brands (including expensive brands) can be low quality and the stitching can also be uneven. So if you are buying from a reputable store, you should be ok. You could also search for reviews for a particular store before buying.

The Current Obsession In India With Lighter Skin – Part 1

file000753288887There is currently a craze in India and has been happening for a couple of years now. What is this craze? People trying to lighten their skin. You may ask how on earth would they be able to lighten their skin?

Well there are actually shower gel products out there that are used in your everyday shower and contain ingredients to actually lighten the skin. Now I know what you’re thinking because I am thinking the same thing. This must be bad for us.

If I was a betting person I would bet it is doing some pretty nasty things to those who are using it. But the fact of the matter is that there hasn’t really been enough research (that I have seen at least) to make a proper conclusion if it’s really bad for consumers or not. If I was thinking of using it, I would definitely wait until the proper independent research was conducted to make sure it’s actually safe to use.

It is a shame that these products have reached India’s shores as people there generally have really nice skin. So often very healthy looking and less susceptible to stretchmarks and other imperfections. I haven’t seen any new studies with the effects of these products are having on the skin and body. Are they causing cancer? Making stretchmarks more prominent?

One thing for sure, people in India with lighter skin are sought after. Seems like all the advertising there features very light looking Indians which is further exacerbating the issue. Think of the poor kids who will be wondering why they are so much darker than their parents and many other people around. The chances are they will want to get their hands on some of this shower gel as early as possible. In the meantime, while this is happening in India, darker skinned Indians are being sought after overseas for modeling contracts and TV appearances. Very strange situation it is.



Interesting Facts About India

Facts about India

India is one of the larger countries in the world (7th largest to be exact), but most of us don’t know much about it. We really should though as the country has a very interesting history and noteworthy facts. We think that you will be surprised with a few of these, so here are some fact highlights:

War History

India has never invaded a single country in its entire history. There aren’t too many large countries who can make the same claim. We think that this is pretty special.

Obesity Epidemic

Obesity never used to be much of an issue in India, however, since westernized foods have become more obtainable the weight issues have increased and so has the amount of health issues.

The Home Of Chess

A long long time ago chess was invented and India is where it was created. Its origins date back to the 6th century AD.

Post Offices

An interesting fact is that India has the most amount of post offices in the world, greater than any other country.


Believe it or not, but the world’s first University was established in India. Established in 700BC, this University offered 60 subjects and attracted students from all over the world. This is a very impressive feat!


India is a large miner of diamonds and up until 1896, it was the only diamond miner in the world.


Yoga first originated in India. Yoga has now been in existence for approximately 5,000 years!