Run! It's them guys from AMWAY!!!!
1st Attempt: It was dandia night in Dallas and all of us were in this huge auditorium filled with 10,000+ desis dancing to gujju music! Our gang was already 10 or 12 people and we had formed our circle when a few people joined in and we did not complain. So we danced till the music ended and when we were about to leave a couple who had joined our group started complimenting me and my friend about our dancing skills and dressing style. And before we knew we were swapping phone numbers. And by the time we left the place Giri and I forgot about these guys totally...Until we received a call the following weekend...
The husband wanted to Girish to stop by at his house or he would come over to house to discuss some business proposal with us. The minute he said this Girish politely cut him off and changed his name on the phone to "Do not Answer" so that he would not even accidently answer the phone. But this guy was persistent. He called using different cell phone numbers and literally to the point of harassment!
2nd Attempt: So Girish and I were at Taj Imports buying Biriyani Masala when I walked over to another aisle to pick up some other spice. I heard Girish talking to someone and this guy was asking Girish's help to choose the best Tandoori Masala. The gourmet chef that Girish is he started suggesting what is good when this guy thanked and asked Girish, "Where are you from?" and then started the conversation about how he is also from Bombay and that his wife is also and architect, etc. and eventually he had Girish's number again!
Yes, predictably phone calls followed and this guy also harassed us until we completely started to ignore any calls from people who were not in our address book already!
3rd Attempt: This time it was Wal-Mart. Girish and I hate doing this but it is a necessary evil and we were there on Sunday evening trying to get our house stocked up for the week! I was trying to pick up some vegetarian soup...and Girish was reading the ingredients to be sure that I don't pick up anything that has beef stock in it when this desi guys walks up and goes, "Which soup is pure vegetarian? I can eat egg but chicken is a no no." Girish and I help him and start leaving hoping this is not one of those Amway attack when this guy stops us and asks, "do you guys live around here." Girish curtly said, "yes, we just moved." To which this dude looks at his watch and goes, "I moved here recently too, exactly 20 days ago." To which we both smile and he continues, "where are you from?" Girish is like, "Bombay," and he is like, "I used to live in Ville Parle for a year but I am from Gujrat." We told him politely it was nice to meet you and turned away making eyes at each other...
We were happy that we had smartly dodged another guy from talking to us but we were not sure that this was an AMWAY attack...But true to our suspicion he walked around the aisle and caught Girish when I was not with him and asked him for his phone number to which Girish had replied that we had just recently moved in and we did not have a phone yet!
Conclusion: The reason I am writing this is because of a few of these AMWAY Desis, I am at a point where I do not trust any of these Desis who accost me in public spaces. I am afraid that they are going to bore me with their AMWAY crap that I really do not care a dime about. How on earth can they even think that I will start anything with someone whom I know nothing about and met at Wal-Mart? It just does not make sense the way these people approach us. It is rude, irritating, annoying, and do not think that just because you are a Desi I will drop everything and trust you!
STOP HARRASSING US!!!