I was waiting in the train station to return back home, when i suddenly saw this young n beautiful saree-clad woman. A bright red saree and a goldchain and some matching bangles. Desi no doubt. I listened at the counter where she bought the ticket, her accent confirmed that she is an abcd. She cant be more than 23. But how come in this place? I am travelling to this city for half-year already but never seen any other desi except myself. She too spotted me and probably shouldve wondered. Anyway i should give credit to her that she found out im a desi. Coz usually many Mexicans come to me and ask me something or other in Spanish for which i had to say, I am sorry, je ne parle pas espanol. And many Chinese approach me and ask in Mandarin or Japanese (how would I know the difference?) for which I dont know to say any thing but Sayanora. If thats a beautiful girl I make it a point to say Haini, O aini. Its always the case: Spanish mistake me for a Spanish, Chinese mistake me for a Chinese and desis somehow never care. Ah, where was I? She slowly came to my place and sat near to me on the bench. I knew instinctively she is going to kick off some conversation. And yeah she did. Her english was good and pronounciation worth noting.
Italics my thougts at that time.
|When is the next train to new york?|
|Come on baby, you just now asked the ticket counter lady In about 5 mts. Is it the first time for you in Greenwich? Ive never seen you or any other Indian here.|
|Not really. I travel by car and today I am going to the city.... What are you working?|
|Me? I am a poor software engineer.|
|as if pouncing on me What do you really think about this y2k business? How far do you think it might go?|
|Its a very good thing that happened. Many indians get oppurtunity to come here and make money. Its good for us. And it might go on until the end of next year.|
|ignoring my phatta What do you think about this Java wave? Will it beat C++ wave?|
|Well, they cater to different platforms, if you know what I mean. There is no necessity for one to beat another, they can survive together and thats good for us too.|
|as if ignoring my previous comment What do you think about this Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator war?|
|What are you trying to do? Interviewing me? Well, i dont care. As long as these people fight its good for us software engineers.|
|Why do you think so?|
|Coz, thats what feeds us. All these incompatibilities call for confusion, and to fix it u need a pro.|
|unrelenting Who do you think will win?|
|a bit irritatedI dont care. I think that nobody should win. That will keep us busy. And I dont do such silly analysis also coz I dont believe in them. They don't lead you anywhere. All the analysis you do today are just sensational, nobody wants or cares them the next day.|
|And we remained silent for some time. Just before getting out of the train, I asked her
Well, what are working as?
|Me? I am a market analyst.|