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The Indian Head Wobble Demystified

By February 8, 2013

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I'll never forget the first time I encountered the renowned Indian head wobble (or bobble, as it's also affectionately called). It was in Pushkar, in Rajasthan, and I was at a travel agency trying to book a seat on a bus to Jaisalmer. I wanted to know if there was a bus that went there and if there were any seats available. The travel agent simply wobbled his head at me without speaking.

Confused, I pressed him for verbal confirmation.

"So, there is a bus?"  Wobble, wobble.

"A bus from here to Jaisalmer? With seats available?" Wobble, wobble.

In the end, I gave up exasperated and asked him directly, "Is that a 'yes'?" However, since then, I've learned that it has so much more meaning than that.

Here's all you need to know about the Indian head wobble.

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