This scholar is a good resource on Indian culture from a Biblical perspective: Vishal Mangalwadi
Excerpt: "A friend of mine once took me to the home of a Revenue Officer. It was Tuesday evening and the officer had been on a regular religious fast the whole day. After the dayâ€™s work he was in his puja room, meditating and worshipping his idol. His wife treated us to tea as she told us that he does not allow anything to interfere with his religious practices. The Officer came out of the puja, serene and dignified. He began by calmly demanding a bribe of Rs. 2000 for signing a paper that was his duty to sign. It almost seemed that he thought that the gods had honored his fast and sent us to him in answer to his prayers!"
Perhaps we have encountered folks like this in our own milieu as well.