I was over an hour late the other day to meet a friend for her graduation ceremony and I was in all angry and flustered. Punctuality is not something that is associated with Indians. For someone who is punctual, this drives me insane. I hate being late and get really annoyed when I am made to be late. I hate being associated with “Indian Timing”.
Indian Timing is the term given by Indians to being late. Weddings, birthday and religious ceremonies rarely start on time. People visiting are late (Since getting married, we are always late when visiting). And people expect us to be late. I am not sure about other South Asian races, but Indians are notorious for being late.
Keeping time is something I have heard being referred to as being Western and even snobby. Maybe punctuality was a part of western culture and possibly even to do with the upper classes. Maybe the Indian culture is Dali-esk in its relentess disregard on time. But for a culture where superstitions are based on time and for people who live in a world that runs on time, it’s about time…we kept time.