Hi everyone, We cannot generalise this topic...it surely depends on every individual and the persons we come across and our experiences with them. I personally feel that, it is true that americans do treat us differently.......thinking about it...is it not natural for any outsider in any country for that matter? Lets say if we see an american parent in a school waiting for their children in any part of India, we might do a similar thing by not trying to talk to that parent freely...right? We might just give a smile or some might even avoid that parent. This topic reminds me of one such incident...couple of years back when me and my hubby were coming back from our one month visit from India, the INS officer at the port of entry said this to my hubby after looking at our passports "all you indians are snatching away jobs from us"...we both felt bad about that remark and that too from an INS officer. But what can we do....other than just digest that statement and give a smile and walk away. And let me also tell you about an american lady (around 65yrs old) who just loves our culture and has read so many books about India and hinduism. She has travelled to India once and will be soon travelling this month again..and she loves visiting India. From her experience, she says that she gets scared shopping alone and walking on the streets in big metro cities in India. From her view we are not that friendly at all....we don't even smile and greet each other.