Indian parents and dating
Again, she might not, but know that it's a possibility. Just like our Northeasterners are different from Southerners, we have North Indians and South Indians, and so on. I hear how that sounds, but I don't care because while you were being a cute toddler, she was possibly being taught how to meditate in a temple an hour from her house.
And no, she doesn't have an Om her room or on a chain around her neck because it's ~~trendy~~.
They typically last for days, there's mehndi (henna) and should you be fortunate enough to get invited as a plus one, try to make it through the ceremony without asking too many questions about dowries.
Arranged marriages are still very much a thing, but they've modernized.
There's nothing wrong with any of these topics, of course. (If my grandmother read that sentence, she would give me the most stern look in her Indian grandmother arsenal.) These things are all awesome, but there's so much more, and if you're going to date an Indian girl, you need to at least try to be aware of the rest of it.
Point being, while I appreciate the general appreciation for our food and culture and the occasional Ganesh reference on television, we could expand a little more. Tikka masala is just the beginning (though it sure as hell is a good place to start).
(yes there is racism, ignorance, xenophobia, and of course good old ethnic pride).
On a personal note, I came to the US a few years before the dentist girl, married outside my race, and my parents had no problem accepting our marriage.
Her parents then came back to India, but not to their home.