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How To Spot A True Desi

Desis in the USA are a peculiar species. They are rampant and they flock together. They are also easy to spot – if you know what we mean ;)

Enjoy these crowd-sourced tips on how to recognize that not-so-rare breed of honest-to-goodness, down-to-earth, true-blue Desi in Amreeka!

  • Always have Bollywood songs as ring tones on their phone. Sadaf MR
  • We tell our friends how we snuck snacks into the cinema. Humaira UM
  • Their lawns are cemented. Shagufta N
  • They always save the shopping bag/takeaway box etc. to reuse. Shagufta N
  • They have a whole stock of ketchup/sugar/salt sachets they “saved” from restaurants and airplanes. Shagufta N
  • They know the place you can go to get a “chor chip” for your playstation, and know someone who can fix your cable decoder to get all the channels. Shagufta N
  • They refer to everyone by the color of their skin: “the goras”, “the kallas”. Shagufta N
  • The ladies invariably have gold bangles on the wrist and noses adorned with a nose pin. Amber ZK
  • They never throw out broken-down appliances – not even the ones mom got in her jahez twenty years ago – because someday they’re sure to find someone who can fix the broken iron and toaster and blender. Shagufta N
  • If you cough or sneeze in their presence, they will prescribe natural remedies. Cyma ZS
  • They are completely oblivious of the people gasping for breath under the clouds of pungent odor emanating from their lunch tiffins in the office cafeteria. Kamran S
  • They see a single girl and have to ask “when are you getting married” and predict doom and gloom if you don’t have any concrete plans. Cyma ZS
  • As soon as the single girl gets married, they start asking whether there is any “khushkhabri” yet! Sarah S
  • Whenever you are not feeling well, they will know exactly what is wrong with you, which will be exactly what happed to their uncle.  They will have a similar incident or story to share when you start one, and won’t let you start your story until they finish relating theirs. Arzoo M
  • They buy 1-ply toilet paper. Arzoo M
  • Even though they always line up for the buffet at American events, as soon as they go to an all-desi event, they’ll switch to their “default mode” of never lineing up, and will try to get to the front of the line. Farah K
  • If you are a desi daughter-in-law, you have to get a gori friend to come over and ask your visiting in-laws how long they intend to stay and when are they leaving. Kulsoom K
  • Will call all the desi seniors (even when they are not related to them) “Aunty” and “Uncle.” Sharmin Z
  • Can’t eat Chinese food without adding hot chili sauce to it. Farah K
  • Can’t eat pizza without ketchup or crushed pepper. Salsabeel K
  • Will eat chawal with their fingers and use a fork and knife for burgers and pizzas. Salsabeel K
  • Do not invest in athletic gear or proper luggage. Farhan
  • Have no qualms about asking how much you make or spent on something. Farhan
  • Assess your worth/how much you make by your shoes &/or watch. Farhan
  • The concepts of punctuality, organization and coordination are yet to be adopted. Farhan
  • Don’t know the difference between deodorant and cologne. Farhan
  • Never remove the Sony sticker from the TV or remote. Farhan
  • Never have a functional audio system at their music events... Seriously people! bar bands do better. Farhan

Thanks to all our friends who have contributed the above via Facebook. Go ahead and add your own observations in the comments section below. If they make the cut and our desi experts give the nod, you’ll see them published!

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#2 Muhammad Hassan 2012-04-12 06:57
Well you define the nice thought about the Desis in America.
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#1 Farhan 2010-10-03 17:41
Desis
Do not invest in athletic gear or proper luggage
Have no qualms about asking how much you make or spent on something
Assess your worth/ how much you make by your shoes &/or watch
The concepts of punctuality, organization and coordination are yet to be adopted
Don't know the difference between deodorant and cologne
Never remove the Sony sticker from the Teewee or remote
Never have a functional audio system at their events.. Seriously people! bar bands do better
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