Disclaimer: the sensitive issue of race... err... is not meant to be offensive. Just a casual observation.
Well... while we are on the case of Indians, many of them work overseas and when they return to their homeland, they are considered their pride and joy of the village. You can imagine the proud feeling of "I've made it" that particular person is feeling.
Hence, showing their prosperity by buying gifts is not uncommon. Hi-fi sets, pots / pans, even the occassional earthern pots. These people do not travel very often so I can imagine their relatives must be so proud of them, coming home from greener pastures!
But you can imagine the antics they pull on the S'pore-India sectors! The stories below were told to me by friends working as cabin crew in SIA, and another Indian friend of mine who travels rather frequently between Singapore and Kerala (an Indian state).
This Indian man was shouting at the top of his voice on a SIA A310 fm SIN to Madras (Chennai) some time back. "Excuse me, Miss! Excuse me, Miss!"... Wanting anything possible from a pack of cards to pillow and blankets, much to the annoyance of his fellow pax around him. A sympathetic stewardess ambled down the aisle towards him and silently said...
"Sir, you don't have to shout. Just press this button (she fingered the crew-call button on his armrest) and I will come to you"
So then, after the stewardess walked away, he kneeled down next to his armrest, pressed the crew-call button and whispered into it "Excuse me, Miss."
I had a friend working on a SIN-MAA flight who had to answer to some frantic passengers in the Y Class cabin. A group of pax took out their earthern pot and tried to light a fire, wanting to start cooking supper.
I had a Indian friend who was returning to Kerala from SIN and so she boarded an SIA A310 to MAA. As she settled down on her seat, she noticed another Indian man getting very impatient with a stewardess...
"Miss, I want a peticoat!"
Our poor stewardess didn't understand what the man was trying to say because he kept insisting on a peticoat. Meanwhile, he kept repeating the word "peticoat" like a broken record.
My friend decided to help the poor chap and spoke to him in Malayalee... it was then she found out that the man was cold, and all he wanted was a blanket
On this same flight, the cabin crew started handing out towels before pushback. The pax next to my friend promptly took the rolled up towel and started to chew on it, thinking it was a bread roll.