India's official name is the Republic of India and its capital is New Delhi. It measures over 3 million square kilometers for a population of around 1.1 billion inhabitants. India is located on the Indian sub-continent and can be divided into 4 topographical regions: the Himalayan region, the Indo-Gangetic Plain, the desert region and the southern region. India's main religion is Hinduism (83%), the rest of the population is Muslim (12%), Christian (3%) or Sikh (2%). The main languages are English and Hindi and the official current is the Rupee (Re) divided into 100 Paisa. The Indian government supports a mixed economy, most of which is in the control of private enterprise. Because India is largely dependent on foreign purchases for various commodities, including manufactured goods, raw materials and food, its import trade is extensive. Leading imports are petroleum products, fertilizers and electrical machinery. The major exports are gems and jewelery, engineering goods, leather goods and cotton. India's main trading partners are the USA, the UK, Japan, Iran and Iraq.
[...] It is not extended to outsiders and you should not attempt it until your female colleagues have made the initial move. Despite the formality of French business culture, people tend to stand close when speaking to each other. Moreover, touching a shoulder or patting an arm is also commonplace and usually within the bounds of French business etiquette. Maintaining eye contact is important, but try not to focus too intently on the other person but smiling is treated only with indifference in France. [...]
[...] In general, people are addressed by their name only by close acquaintances, family members, or by someone who is older or superior in authority. After marriage, women normally adapt the husband's name (his family name in northern India and first name in southern India). However, there is an increasing trend among educated professional women who keep their maiden name after marriage. Gift giving Gift giving is customary in India, and is seen as a sign of friendship, although it is generally not expected at the first meeting. [...]
[...] A bouquet of roses, however, is the safest choice across the country. Language Presenting and exchanging business cards are a necessary part of doing business in India. It is useful to have plenty since people exchange business cards even in non-business situations. English being the common language for conducting business, it is not necessary to have cards translated into any Indian language, but all cards, brochures and other promotional material must be prepared in English. As the pronunciation varies widely across the country, it can sometimes make it difficult to understand spoken English. [...]
[...] The practice in France is to send New Year's greetings and this can occur during the whole month of January but not later. Language Most businesspeople in France read English, so there is no need to have your business card translated into French. But if you do have your card printed in French, it should indicate your position in French and your university degree. It is advisable to avoid two-sided cards. It's strongly recommended that you learn basic French phrases and use them whenever possible. [...]
[...] Both India and France have a large degree of Power Distance, which means that inequalities between people are both expected and desired. In India, hierarchy in organizations reflects the existential inequality between higher-ups and lower-ups. Individualism versus collectivism Individualist societies are societies in which the ties between individuals are loose, which means that everyone is expected to look after himself and his immediate family. France is an Individualist country, so task prevails over relationship. Identity is based on the individual and promotion decisions are based on skills and rules. [...]
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