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Chapter 1: What is this Thing Called Culture?
Imagine that you are in India. You are travelling on a train from Bombay (now known as Mumbai) to Delhi. You have a window seat in a First Class compartment, which is empty. Presently an Indian family of four – a man, a woman, and two children – enters your compartment. The coolie (porter) disgorges their luggage, haggles over his payment, and finally, with a half-hearted salute, leaves.
No sooner does the train start than the man strikes up a conversation with you. Much to your astonishment, he starts to pry you with personal questions: your name, your nationality, your age, your occupation, and a variety of other questions, including your reasons for coming to ...