When I was in NJ in summer, the barber that I used to go to (well I should say, went to, cause I did that only once in the 3 months there!) was an Italian. He kept telling me about his life, how he migrated 40 years back, and how he eventually started his own saloon. Surprisingly he knew a lot about India, apparently the media there covers stories about India a lot. Probably because of the Sonia Gandhi connection. And then we went into how young India is shaping things here and home, how they are making a difference, and where India is headed. Not that I was spicing up things, but he was surprised.
Today, I had a hair cut again, and this time, the shop owner did the honors, cause others were busy. And he too knew, quite some about India. Here are snippets from the conversation:
Barber(Jesus, spelt as Heysoos): You are from Inn-dia ah? See that guy there, he is from Calcutta, where are you from?
me: mmm..my place is near Bombay.
Jesus: Near Bombay...hmm, its a biig city.
me: yup big and crowded...its like new york
Jesus: Do you play cricket...they play it in Phoenix.
me: yeah theres a tournament held there...i know a friend who plays.
Jesus: We play cricket in Mexico too..its not big like in Inn-dia, England..
me: really? i didnt know that.
Jesus: You know the best match, its between Inn-dia and Pakistan..haaha.
me: thats true, its always interesting, i never miss it.
Jesus: But I hate Australia...
me: why? they are great team.
Jesus: they are gay...they chase all other teams!
Jesus: San Jose is a great place..little Inn-dia, many Inn-dians there, lots of pretty girls there.
me: really? i'll keep my eyes open!
Jesus: No I won't cut more there, you'll end up looking like a chinese girl.
Jesus: With American girls you never know what they like..
me: :-) (what else could i say!)