Once you’ve got a few family gatherings under your belt and struggled to get your opinion across, one of two things will happen.You’ll either give up and sit muted in the corner (but that won’t go down well with the MIL) or you’ll get louder.It will feel normal to you to have dinner at 10 pm and to go out to a bar at midnight. I remember asking a tour guide in Guatemala once what time the bus arrived. I’m not condoning that either, but just occasionally it would be nice to go out without sleepy children draped over the table or a baby crying in the corner. But once I was driving in a car with my Latin boyfriend. It turns out my boyfriend had been watching me “checking out” the 60 year-old street sweeper on the sidewalk outside.
Eating the leftovers with a hangover and feigning enthusiasm for Christmas when your relatives call.
So if your own family and friends ask you to pipe down when you’re having a conversation don’t be surprised.
When you have to fight to be heard, you’ll naturally crank up the volume. But nothing has the power to split your mind wide open and turn your universe upside down like dating a Latino.
If you bust out something like, "Yea, I loved Kuch Kuch Hota Hai," you are very likely to get a second date. Showing an appreciation for Bhangra will score you points. If you want to be adventurous and score some points, I suggest you try cooking him/her a few Indian dishes. Aside from English, Hindi is the most prevalent but not all Indians speak Hindi so you might have to determine his/her native tongue.) Before we got together, Sanjay was greatly amused by my reciting various things in Hindi to him.
It should be obvious by now that you need to have a favorite Hindi movie. Most major cities have theaters that screen Bollywood films otherwise you can easily stream one through Netflix, etc. It has an irresistible beat that will motivate even the most dance-phobic types to hit the floor. Unless you are willing to take some serious initiative in the kitchen, plan to go out for an Indian meal. Many Indians would agree that it is often tough to find a good Indian restaurant, even in major cities. (Note: there are hundreds of languages spoken in India.