Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Baksheesh,Beggars and Tipping in India

Baksheesh is literally a sweetener, a reward for a small service or an appreciation, for a service performed or alms giving.

TippingIs considered a small reward for someone who helps you transport your bags, or gives service in some way. Ten rupees is generally considered sufficient for small services.
In restaurants you may tip up to ten percent of the price of the meal.
Drivers may be tipped up to 150INR a day.

As a tourist you may sometimes be besieged by beggars and it's difficult to know what to do. If you find yourself in such a situation, walk away. These are professional beggars taking advantage of your discomfort and are in no immediate danger of starving to death.
At temples or holy places you may see people sitting at the gates waiting for some small baksheesh, it is appropriate to give a small coin to each.
With children, you may wish to give food rather than money.

BaksheeshWhen you want to bend the rules a little in your favour.

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