Lost in flirtation

Valerie Hohman
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I recently tried explaining to a cute Indian boy on the bus to Jaipur that he had to do more than just say “hello” before I would give him my phone number. “First, you have to convince me that you’re someone I’d like to know better,” I said, offering some constructive advice on the art of Western flirtation, “Maybe then I will think about giving you my number.” But the essence of my advice was lost. He looked at me blankly and asked, “But how will I get ahold of you?” In India, it’s common to encounter young men who are over-eager to connect with Western females. I suspect they’re mostly harmless, but I’m always cautious in these situations, both for my sake and theirs, since misunderstandings so quickly morph into hurt feelings.


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