So do you have to crawl over poor people to get to a bar in India?
No we have roads over which cars and other means of transport can run. Actually we have better connectivity through the public transport system in my city, than is existent in Philadelphia.
How come you drink alcohol?
It is a personal choice.
Women in India are allowed to make a choice?
I have been taught to think for myself. if I can think I can make a choice.
Don’t Indian women marry early? How come you are single and at a bar?
Indian women also study and concentrate on careers and wait to meet the right person. I am at a bar because you invited me here.
Aren’t your parents worried sick about you? You are all by yourself in a far off land? Do they worry what you might be up to?
They hope I am alright and happy. Phone calls keep us connected. They don’t really sound worried.
So if I came to India would I be robbed off my money?
If you behave like a silly American tourist I guess you would. It is always helpful to be an educated tourist no matter what country you visit.
Do people take offence if you don’t haggle?
Would people take offence if you gave them more money?
I am worried about getting AIDS in India?
Probability of you getting AIDS by just walking in India is slightly lower than you visiting Mars in this lifetime.
So what do you young people do in India?
Pretty much what most young people do anywhere in the world. Eat sleep drink have sex and make unwanted babies.
I always had this feeling that India is a poor, dirty, poverty stricken country.
It is. What you talk of is the projection of India in the media. I can stereotype a lot of countries to be all about war and oil. Is that all those countries are all about? Or do you think there could be more to them than that?
Hell I don’t identify with it.
Exactly a country is made up of a lot of factions. It depends on you what you decide to look at.
I’d like to visit India.
Well now you have a friend there. I’ll make sure you don’t get robbed though I doubt you could stop being a silly American tourist.
p.s: If the 4 bottles of beer has gone down well with pierogies, it might be a bad idea to top that off with shots of vodka no matter how bad you think the ongoing conversation demands it. Does leave you with a head ache next morning.