In Kolkata you take an auto that drives on a certain route, i.e. Ruby to Gariahat or Gariahat to Park Circus or Rash Bihari, with about 3-4 other people. Today I was on my way home from the metro when an old man started asking me questions.
It started because I asked the driver, "Gariahat, koto?" (How much to gariahat?)
The man next to me started with, "You can speak bengali?" in a somewhat surprised voice, to which I replied, "a bit".
OM : Where are you from?
At this point my phone rings and it's DH wondering where I am, so I tell him and then hang up.
OM : How long have you been here?
Me : Just about 2 years
OM : Why are you here?
Me : My husband is Bengali
OM : Oh, so you're a bangali bou?
Me : I suppose so, yes
OM : Do you know what bou means?
Me : Yes, wife
OM : How do you like bangali's?
Me : I like them so far (at this point I am a bit annoyed...)
OM : How many months out of the year do you stay in India?
Me : Almost 2 years...
At this point he shuts up and we get out.
It was funny, and a bit annoying but it made me smile! :-)
p.s. sorry if i forgot any 'B's in this post...my 'b' button is acting up =/