Can anyone tell me the difference in the woman's status in her family? I have a cousin who is dating an Indian (India) man and my family is trying to understand the difference in cultral status and how to behave and whether she would cope with his culture if she ever decided to marry him. She is a HS graduate, still living with parents, going to college as a sophmore become a radiologist. She has been dating him for a year and a half. She paid everything for him for his birthdays, eating out and exchanging Xmas presents with his family. They do go to family functions together but not much on her side of the family. He did not pay for anything on their dates, flowers, candies, birthdays, etc. because it was against his culture to "treat" women. However his family are from India (beautiful people, mind you!) and they spoil him rotten, paying everything whatever he wanted while he goes to school here in the US. So, I know the Arabs disapprove US method of dating or "dutch dating". I am very vague in that area in their dating customs. I am totally stupid in the India dating style as well. However if the kids and grandkids of parents that came over here in the US from India, they might have done like we do nowadays. Do the women MUST walk so many paces behind the man in public? Do they show affection? (to husband and kids) What role does the mother play in her son's decisions in life? Does she ever show him how women would like this or that? How about their fathers? PLEASE FOLKS, please refrain from racial bashing or degrading comments or the mods will shut it down. It is a learning curve for me to learn about the Arabian and Indian cultures and how they are similar and how different they are when it comes to family life, dating life and the taboos.