I have been living in Doha for a better part of a month now. One thing I noticed is, there are a lot of Indians here. Especially people from Kerala.
I have been staying in a hotel for 15 days (the bill was enormous, but there was no other way), when I noticed a few things.
First thing I noticed when i entered Doha, was the air was full of perfume smell. It was refreshing but weird. Like everyone wore the same perfume.
Second thing, That I look Egyptian. This was commented by a Taxi Driver and seconded, later , by a lot of other guys.
Thirdly, Whenever I mentioned that I was an Indian, the Indians and Nepalis treated me like a brother. I got an extra bottle, extra soap, extra coffee better service… overall very good service from most of the people.
All they wanted was someone to chat with from “Back home”. No matter if the Person is from a different district. It was India.
I say most, because the Taxi drivers, mostly Indians and Bangladeshis , tried to charge me more that the meter.
But I am used to it.
Moral of the story:
- People tend to give you a better service when spoken to / treated like a human being.
- India may be a country which is divided by caste issues, regional conflicts and overall hatred between certain sects; but to se the unified nation, it is ironic, that you need to leave the country to see it.