Watch: Funny film explains the many meanings of the Indian headshake

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By Chris Harris
Watch: Funny film explains the many meanings of the Indian headshake

For any visitors to India, it’s a source of comedy, wonderment and, often, just plain confusion.

But now the Indian headshake might carry a little less mystery – thanks to a witty YouTube video that has gone viral.

The footage, which explains the multitude of meanings the headshake can have, garnered nearly 1.5 million in its first fortnight online.

The video’s makers claim the headshake, depending on various subtle changes, can mean:

- Yes – No – Maybe – A definitive decision – Calling someone over – Asking ‘what is up?’ – A man trying to attract a woman – Telling someone to carry on – Showing respect when someone else is talking

Video credit: Meenfriedchickencurry