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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:19am | IP Logged

Originally posted by simtara

LOL Dollydi and all else...thanks for the laughs.

Actually, I had a similar experience last week itself. I was eating in the cafeteria when we started talking about beef (lunch time...). One of the guys at the table said to me..."So you don't eat beef right?"

Right...I don't eat beef. He says, "What's up with that?" I told him it was religious reasons; we consider cows sacred. Somehow the discussion veered into how can you consider dumb cows sacred and they roam in the streets (he must've seen pictures). Then he says.."So there must be like more cows than people. Do you have mad cow disease in India?" I love how they pick up random bits of information and conglomerate them into something that apparently makes sense. I got the usual bit about why are they sacred and I gave the standard response (why we try to educate these people, knowing they're going to get it wrong anyway, is beyond me...). What got me agitated was his stupid comment that he'd come to India with nukes and blast all the cows there. At that point I just wanted to slap him.

The conversation was really long. We talked about elephants...one of the others guys thought it would be humorous to transport a massive snow plow to India and plow through the elephants. ??? Ouch He also thought we still use them to travel. LOL

We got to camels and tigers as well. You know... India's population (as per one of the boys) would be so much smaller if they just let the tigers do their thing. ... Uh? Hello! That deserved a punch.

I love how the only place they know about is the Taj Mahal. So it's a palace right? Some dead guys home? Actually...one of them didn't even know what the Taj Mahal was. SHOCK!!! Confused What an idiot!!!???

By the end of the conversation I was thoroughly frustrated and definitely wanted to slap at least one of them. It's so pointless trying to explain to them and teach them. The stereotypes prevail in their minds and that is what they will forever repeat.

simi , i used to be frustrated just like you. The problem is they sometimes say things which can come across really insenstive. ANd i feel they need to know that. BUt make sure you tell them in their language and not show you are trying to be defensive or offended.They really donot know much....I pity them

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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:20am | IP Logged
Ya once I saw one American TV programme.They wre asking general knowledge questions on the streets.

Q.Where do ppl speak Dutch?
a. Holland b. Indiana.

One fine looking young man answered I think Its Indiana.

Edited by octave - 23 March 2006 at 10:23am
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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:21am | IP Logged

Originally posted by amogh8188

Nahin Dollyji, i m not that ignorant. Wink
My topic of interest is political geography, and i know a great deal about the culture of many places.

hahahaha,

an american wanna be is trying to justify nowWinkLOL

yaar ...its a jokeEmbarrassed

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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:22am | IP Logged
Okay...I've actually had the following conversation several times:

Goru: So cool! You're like from India.
Me: Yah, I was born and raised in India.
Goru: Woah, you speak English really good.
Me: ... Thanks...(*thinking: and you don't!)
Goru: No like, how do you know English?
Me: (sarcastic tone) There was this brief period of time when the British took over my country and ran everything. They established a few schools here and there. I guess the concept stuck around.
Goru: Alright, cool.
Me: (thinking...yah, really cool to be subjected to opression for decades! Confused)
Goru: So, do you like speak another language?
Me: Yes, I speak Hindi.
Goru: Oh cool! Can you say something in Indian for me?


Did I not just say that I speak HINDI??? They never bother listening. I often want to reply with...Only if you speak American for me. It never fails...they will always ask if I speak Indian. It's not that hard to say Hindi...but oh no! Indian is the language of India of course.
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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:24am | IP Logged

Originally posted by octave

Ya once I saw one American TV programme.They wre asking general knowledge questions on the streets.

Q.Where do ppl speak Dutch?
a. Holland b. Indiana.

One fine looking young man answered I think Its Indiana.

LOL

iam falling out of my chair now

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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:24am | IP Logged
I know Dollydi. Smile With them I'll be calm, cool and collected. I'll speak and explain rationally. But on the inside...Wham! They would get it if I could actually punch them and not get in trouble. LOL Do they not at least have a censor in their minds that let'ts them know they are going to come across as complete idiots or absolute jerks if they open their mouths??? Confused
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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:25am | IP Logged

Originally posted by simtara

Okay...I've actually had the following conversation several times:

Goru: So cool! You're like from India.
Me: Yah, I was born and raised in India.
Goru: Woah, you speak English really good.
Me: ... Thanks...(*thinking: and you don't!)
Goru: No like, how do you know English?
Me: (sarcastic tone) There was this brief period of time when the British took over my country and ran everything. They established a few schools here and there. I guess the concept stuck around.
Goru: Alright, cool.
Me: (thinking...yah, really cool to be subjected to opression for decades! Confused)
Goru: So, do you like speak another language?
Me: Yes, I speak Hindi.
Goru: Oh cool! Can you say something in Indian for me?


Did I not just say that I speak HINDI??? They never bother listening. I often want to reply with...Only if you speak American for me. It never fails...they will always ask if I speak Indian. It's not that hard to say Hindi...but oh no! Indian is the language of India of course.

 

oh simiLOLLOL

what is beyond my comprihention is how come all americans ask same type of q and same way. I have exactly the same experinceLOL

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Posted: 23 March 2006 at 10:26am | IP Logged

Originally posted by simtara

I know Dollydi. Smile With them I'll be calm, cool and collected. I'll speak and explain rationally. But on the inside...Wham! They would get it if I could actually punch them and not get in trouble. LOL Do they not at least have a censor in their minds that let'ts them know they are going to come across as complete idiots or absolute jerks if they open their mouths??? Confused

same...i have stopped myself doing that so many timesEmbarrassedLOL

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