I have a business contact in India, whom I do not know personally. Let's assume my name is Tobias Smith and my contact is Raj Singh.
I initially addressed him by first name, as I was told this is usual (Dear Raj / Hello Raj), and signed with: Regards, Tobias Smith.
He now keeps adressing me "Mr. Tobias".
Not being a native english speaker I now wonder if I unwittingly insulted him or if he just does not know which is my given name.
- Are there any differences in how I should approach emails to those in India (ways to introduce myself, etc)?
- Assuming it is an error, how to politely make him aware of my given name so he does not refer to me as "Mr. Tobias"
We're both techies, at about the same level in our companies, if that makes any difference.