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Minding your manners is especially important when work and career are involved. Brush up on business etiquette with this Howcast video series.
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Use the titles of your Indian counterparts, or address them as "Mr.," "Mrs.," or "Miss." Exchange business cards at the beginning of a meeting, which is standard Indian business etiquette.
Conduct with respect
Conduct yourself with respect that reassures Indian businesspeople that your intentions are trustworthy and sincere. This includes reining in the western tendency to be aggressive, which, in India, can be taken for disrespect.
Give gifts attention
Decline expensive gifts if you can. When you can't, accept the gift with both hands. Set aside a wrapped gift until the giver leaves, which is considered proper etiquette.
Be sensitive to culture
Accept all food and drink during business meetings, even if you elect only to nibble at it.
Know what they eat
Remember that Hindus don't eat beef, and Muslims don't eat pork. Many Indians are entirely vegetarian. Be sensitive to a predominant cultural and religious inclination toward vegetarianism and a general abstention from alcohol or cigarettes. Indians prefer business lunches to business dinners, by and large.
Go along to get along
Go along with a general disregard for punctuality. Relax and be flexible with them and business will go swimmingly.