An online chat with someone, an American, I recently met through a Facebook group.
He : Are you East Indian?
Me : No I am South Indian.
He : Where’s that?
Me : South part of India
He : Yeah but you are East Indian, right? From India?
Me : No, I am South Indian from India. My home state is Kerala which is in the south. If I were from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and also the union territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then I would be an East Indian!
He : No! Indians from India are called East Indians.
Me : I am Indian. And I am South Indian. Because I am from the south part of India.
He : This confusing! I’ll talk to you later!