Indians smell bad?!

@akosi63 (331)
Philippines
January 6, 2007 5:56am CST
Is it true that Indians smell awful? I'm not heating an argument here but I've read that most Indians smells really bad. They say it has something to do with what they eat. In the university I attended, I had an Indian schoolmate, I got close to him and I also smelled something, smells like, a fridge opened after a week long vacation with onions inside, can't stand the smell. But I think that is not everyday though I wasn't able to get that close again. He's not the only Indian I smelled like that, on the train also. I am not saying that all Indians are like that ok, but why most of them? and the impression is not really good. Why is it like that? What are the foods they eat that makes the smell or is it really the food? anybod knows? Do you have same experience?
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125 responses
• India
6 Jan 07
hey dont you think you americans even smell worse??you people dont even take bath for 7-8 days.and constantly apply deodrant to hide your odour?we indians whether we eat or not take bath everyday atleast,we may be poor to buy soaps but we bath even in simple water.what about you people who even worse than us like canned beef,chicken preserved for months but we eat everything fresh.so mister just check out your underarm for yourself whether you are smelling bad or not before making such statement.every labour let him be indian or african will smell bad after heavy work.and in trains?dont you know we dont have bath in trains?and india is not uk that we can cover the country in 5 hours...so its you people of cold countries smell bad who dont even change or wash clothes for weeks together.if you still have doubt if you smell bad then ill put your head under your hips for you to know it for yourself.
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@cuterose (1698)
• India
7 Jan 07
dont put words in an americans mouth buddy. the one who has posted this is not an americn but a phillipine. apart from that ur comments are great.
@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
I never expected that they would be this affected, I mean I was just actually asking. Sorry sndcain for they thought that I am an American, I think it's clear and obvious on my avatar that I am not. And if they have read my comments on the earlier responses, they would know what I think of now. They're all pissed by this discussion, I didn't mean to. Huh!
@runsgame (2034)
• India
6 Jan 07
gr8 invention. thanks for the predictions. We - indians smell only bad , but behave nicely and honestly , not like others. thanks for complementary comment.
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@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
That's not an invention but an impression. Sorry, if others will get offended but believe it or not I do not want to have bad impression towards other people ok. just want to clear my mind.
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@solmari (123)
• United States
6 Jan 07
you know whati new this man that use to complain that everything stunk and he would go some place and for him it stunk and sit by people and also thought they stunk and he found himself in a place with no poeple and nothing she could accuse of stinking so the he shout out loud THE WORLD STINKS!! and suddenly a girl came up to him and said "am ser you have a big chunk of cheese in your beard"
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
6 Jan 07
i think from a western european perspective Indians smell of their food, no doubt so do i to them. In Japan Americans and Europeans smell of slightly sour milk, i guess its just getting used to each other
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@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
12 Feb 08
Hi Eskarena1 ! its been a year you post here, but i read it and i totally agree with it. the word : "i guess its just getting used to each other" its just perfect!
@Atlyas (455)
• India
6 Jan 07
What you have experienced is always the case, the fridge smells whenever it is opened after 7-8 days be it in India or any where in this world. Indian trains will smell a bit because people cannot take a bath in train. But INDIANS are vrey particular about their hygiene, they keep themselves clean and eat good healthy food...One bad experience cannot mean all are smelling foul.
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@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
Yeah, i also have a friend, Indian/British, she's actually vain, she brushes her teeth almost 6x a day, always scrapes her tongue. but I thought maybe because she's half.
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@farocop44 (448)
• Canada
6 Jan 07
When I was younger I couldnt tolerate dealing with Indian people because their body odour was so difficult to handle. I thought it was because they didnt believe in bathing and therefore considered them unclean. I learned later when I developed some Indian friends that they actually bathe several times per day but the spicy food they eat such as curry comes out of their pores and causes them to emit an odour which is stronger than american made anti-perspirant can handle. My wife is of Indian decent. She and her family dont smell at all. It was just my foolish stereotyping.
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
6 Jan 07
Maybe the foods they cook have many spices, sometimes they cook food with curry or turmeric but i don't think they smells bad.
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@dominican (202)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
I dont know if this is true. But I do think any race would smell awful if they don't have proper hygiene, despite the color, race or status in life.
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• India
6 Jan 07
its not like all indians smell bad it depends on the person n the area he comes from..most of them r from rural areas n some r farmers,these people never bother about their outer appearence more over they workhard 4 them selves to live comfortabily in this competitive world....
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• India
6 Jan 07
u are right man... even iam living in india for some years i don`t find any such differences... whatever is ur perspective, gives its value ... this question is quite unnecessary
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• India
6 Jan 07
yup they do because they worship cows.yuuuuuuchhhh!
• India
6 Jan 07
yup they do because they worship cows.yuuuuuuchhhh!.it dose not depend on their environment because there born smelly and most hated people in my opinion
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@shyam4uall (1003)
• India
6 Jan 07
sorry I never faced any such problem.Every race of people have some sorts of smell in their body.Some are heriditary and some may be due to unhygienic condition where they live and steps they follow. Some use deodarant to suppress their body smell where as some doesn't mind that.
@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
you really think every race has some sort of smell? maybe they just unhygienic. be glad you haven't smelled one.
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@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
yes i think so. its just that people who have been living in a particular place for a long time doesn't notice it. im a filipino, and some foreigners said that we have a salty smell. dont know if its because of the food we eat. ive smelled myself and i must say i smell fine!
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• India
7 Jan 07
i think shyam you dont have any philippino friend that is why you are saying this probably if you have a philippino friend you will get an idea that philippinos stinks alot like this person who started this discussion.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
Wow! Quite a broad statement! I am foreigner who has just started to live in India and I would have to say that the majority of Indians I have come across (and that would mean thousands as I have caught trains, taxis, been to movies etc)do NOT smell awful! Yes there are some that do but I think that has to do with personal hygiene and/or inability to gain access to the proper facilities to ensure hygiene than anything else. I will say though, some Indian foods that I have eaten do cause me to have a slight odour about me! But again, this is not as a majority. I have had the occasional taxi driver too that has smelt pretty bad! But I have also experienced this in other countries as well..... I think that it all comes down to the individual's personal habits as stated above. Do all Americans smell like McDonalds?
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@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
Ok. I think, its kinda clear. not all, not all, not all. Also, i've just realized that others are not Indians but Arabs or Middle East people. oooppss, not all ok.
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@cuterose (1698)
• India
7 Jan 07
thanks for your comments james
• Australia
29 Jun 10
What you know about Indians.I know about their traditions,culture and lots....... I visited India many times.They are very strong,hard working and have lot of respects for their elders.India is the largest democracy in the world and people from differnt ethnicity and religions living in India peacefully.Their roots are very strong.Regarding Indian food I think it is very healthy and tasty.I love it..
@adnanmd2 (831)
6 Jan 07
hello hello if u are from the different country that doesnt mean that you insult some other country.. Its better you listen the matter first.. U know that indian is little poor so most of the people living in India live in villages and are poor that is why Those poor people stink.. and we the people who live in cities.. who have many cars dont stink like they do.. So its better u dont insult any other country like that..
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@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
Sorry if this seemed to be insulting but believe it or not I am not. "It's better you listen the matter first", this statement of yours is what I am doing. If everybody will just read my comments on the earlier responses, then you guys would not be this mad or angry, I can say. And I never said that "ALL Indians smell bad". One more thing I do not even discriminate poor people, coz it is acceptable that they might have "that" odour due to hard day's work. Thanks for a well-thought response.
• India
6 Jan 07
indians too find it tough whe they reach near the americns... but they r not complaining....
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• India
6 Jan 07
hehehe great and true reply man keep it up.how dare they tell us like that when they themselves are stinking..behenchodo ko chorengey nehi.!!
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
6 Jan 07
You can definatly notice a different smell around Indian foods, markets, or people. I would agree that I have observed teh same thing.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Then I would have to say you have not been around other foreigners. Everybody's "nose" works differently. I can say that those that work and sweat will smell. anyone that does this. But I do not agree that it is the food. However, maybe in your opinion you don't like the smell of the Indian food. i don't care for other types of foods (I love Inidan food though & the smell of it!), some of the other foods that have a particulr odor, I don't care for. That's just the way life is.
@baylvr (25)
• United States
6 Jan 07
EVERY Indian I've ever encountered smells! I don't think it's from their food, the smell I'm catching comes from the lack of deodorant. This doesn't make them bad people... they just have different personal hygeine ideas. I will agree these are some of the most intelligent people I've ever encountered however.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I am not sure where you are encountering those from India that seem to "smell" according to you but I am married to an Indian, been to India & lived in India. I have been around a lot of Indians the past 15 years. Those that "smell" are thos that I feel have not bathed for whatever reason. There are people all over the world that "smell". Why is everyone here so stuck on what they "smell" like? Lets talk about everyone. So those of you out that that have sweat, are you telling me you don't "smell"? Yeah right. You people need to get a life & so does the person that started this in the first place. I am bleeping mad. This is an insult on my fellow Indians. Get a life.
@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
Either you just met Indians who are into onions, or the only two out of all those millions who smell like that. Maybe it's where they work. I've lost count of the number of Indians I've met, and my experience was quite the opposite. Some I know are positively fastidious about appearances, dress, and certainly don't smell. Matter of fact apparently some Chinese think we Anglos stink. It might just be what you're used to, or something to do with diet, yeah. But I certainly don't consider Indians to be even near my idea of serial stinkers.
@akosi63 (331)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
You have a point, maybe it was the impression per race. We have this impression that Chinese have an active salivary gland, funny, but also, maybe because chinese people who i talked to always have extra/excess saliva that showers people, hehe! no offense,pls pls pls, just an experience.
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• India
7 Jan 07
What a moronic discussion . You must have not met many Indians . You should broaden your outlook .. It is just like saying that the White people are all violent and short - tempered !!
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• India
7 Jan 07
i don't think tht indians smell bad.....may ur nose have some problem in it .i suggest tht u should go for a nozzle operation as soon as possible.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
7 Jan 07
My adopted sister is full Indian and she doesn't smell. And I never noticed any other Indian race smelling bad. Only people I have ever noticed to smell bad was people that have not taken a bath and that is not just one race in general. Many different people of all kinds of race can smell if they don't take baths. Not just Indians. And I know certain food can make a persons breath smell, but like I said above, that goes for all different race, not just one. I think this discussion is childish of you. If a person stinks, then they just need a bath and that is not just Indians, it could be any race. Your remarks are hurtful to some and very imature. Are you sure you attended a University?
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@rubypatson (1842)
• India
7 Jan 07
Hey just because you felt two indians who smelled bad then with that you judge the whole of India, As an Indian I take offence to this stupid opinion of yours, and you dont stop there you cintinue to comment on the food they eat, please tell me, or let me tell you you must be really stupid if you think that the food we eat can cause a smell or fragrance then no one will buy perfumes they will just eat a food that gives a good smell, Anyway dont you repeat this mistake again of commenting on my fellow indians
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@maddymsc (10)
• India
7 Jan 07
i'm an indian, and i dont agree ur statement,ur friend might have some problem and there's nothing linked with the food we eat.
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