On the bus ride back from Sunadha's performance at Alliance University's One Year celebration - a professor danced on a brass plate, I'm just saying - Nilmara, one of Samarthanam's social workers/teachers/adult figures decides to learn more about what I'm doing.
Nilmara: So what is it that you hope to study here?
Josh [oversimplifying for clarity]: I want to study dance in different cultures and volunteer programs.
N: So you are a dancer?
J: Yeah, I guess you can-
N: -And what type of dance do you study?
J: Oh, I don't think I have one sty-
N: -Did you enjoy the dance program tonight?
J: Yes! It was very entertai-
N: -And you saw our girls perform?
J: Yes. I actually videota-
N: -Did you videotape it?
J: Umm, yes I did vi-
N: -And you watched the university students and professors perform as well?
J: Yeah, I videotaped them als-
N: -Did you get a video of the fatty?
J: The what?
N: The fatty. The fatty. You know, the girl dancing with the boy.
J: Oh, the one dancing hip hop and bollywood?
N: Yes, the fatty.
J: Now, well, I wouldn't call her fat, real-
N: -Yes, she needs to stop eating all those sweets. She was kind of slow, no?
J: I thought she kept up with the boy very-
N: No. Too slow. Fatty.
J: Oh, okay.
[ Awkard lull in the conversation. Josh stares out the window. ]N: So what style of dance do you practice?
J: More than one style, I guess it's a lot of karate, contemporary, hip hop-
N: -So you can teach the children at Samarthanam?
J: I guess I coul-
N: -Western dance?
J: What do you mean, Western dance?
N: Anything! Western!
J: I guess I could teach the Macarena.
N: The what?
J [Lying, pretending it's still the 90s]: The Macarena. Very popular back in America.
N: Okay. You teach the children.
J: Yeah, sure. It won't be too hard-
N: -Not too hard! I will also learn. And I'm a little fatty too, no?
[ Second awkward lull in the conversation. Josh stares at the floor. ]
N: How old are you?
J: I'm twenty two.
N: Ah, see, I am twenty three. We are compatible, no?
[ Premature third lull. Josh fidgets. ]
Ah, India. The Promised Land of impatience, desserts, and honesty.