head bobble, or Indian head shake refers to a common gesture found in South Asian cultures, most notably in India. The motion usually consists of a side-to-side tilting of the head in arcs along the coronal plane. A form of  nonverbal communication, it may mean "Yes", "Good", "OK" or "I understand", depending on the context.  
In India the gesture is common in certain parts, especially in
Maharashtra, South India.   
In India, this particular headshake can also be acknowledgement or encouragement. In the Western world, people often use a nod for the same purpose. It is not always associated with yes or no, and is actually used in place of no when the person doesn't want to say no.
Bulgaria, this is the equivalent of a nod meaning yes, whereas a quick nod up means no.
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^ Kavita Pillay (30 Jan 2006), , How to Tilt Your Head Like an Indian World Hum
^ Seth Stevenson (27 Sep 2004), "Actually Liking Stuff", , Trying Really Hard To Like India Slate
^ Sharell Cook, , What is the Meaning of the Indian Head Wobble? About.com
^ Craig Storti (2007), "The Indian "Yes" Head Gesture", , Intercultural Press Speaking of India: Bridging the communication gap when working with Indians
^ Chad Lewis (2008), Successful Communication in Multicultural Environments (PDF), Intercultural Focus
^ Charul Jain and Madhurita Choudhary (Jan 2011), "Actions speak louder than words: Non-verbal mis/communication" (PDF), Journal of Media and Communication Studies
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