When the Head Rocks Back and Forth

At first I thought the guy was mocking me or laughing at me.

He rocked his head back left to right on a vertical axis. It wasn’t a nod up/down or a shake left/right, it was rocking the head back and forth on vertical axis.

Then I realized that’s the head signal for understanding and affirmation in India. They don’t have “yes” or “no” head signals. It’s this ambiguous confirmation thing.

So many cultural nuggets. You think someone is being kind and they’re laughing at you. You think they’re an asshole and they’re really showing the utmost respect.

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