Ms X - hey rosh, what's going on? nice to see you here
rosh - hey Ms X - likewise - you look lovely today
Ms X - what in these? rosh you sweet - so what's the deal rosh, you come here often?
rosh - yea, this is my weekend sanctuary
Ms x - rosh you funny - I come here often with friends, guess we never ran into one another. so you by yourself?
rosh - yea pretty much
Ms x - well would you like to join us then?
rosh - sure
Ms x - introduces rosh to her friends - Ms y and Mr a
Ms x - guys, this is my friend from work, his name's rosh
Ms y & Mr a - hey rosh nice to meet you
rosh - likewise, pleasure
Mr a - so you live in the area rosh - yea, couple of blocks down the street
Ms y - are you new to NY?
rosh - no, been here about x years, sort off
Ms y - that's nice - I love your accent, are you an English?
rosh - thanks, am not English
Ms x - rosh is from Dubai
rosh - I am from the UAE
Ms x - I thought you were from Dubai?
rosh - I was raised in the UAE and Dubai is a major city in the UAE
Ms x - oh so Dubai is not a country then, like Singapore?
rosh – true it's a major city in the UAE - like NYC in America
Mr a - I know about the UAE - my uncle in the military used to be stationed in Abu Dhabi - it's a nice place, he loved it there
rosh - yes it's a well kept secret - well almost, these days
Ms x - so rosh you speak Arabic - you Arab or middle eastern
rosh - sorry, don't speak Arabic and no am not an Arab or middle eastern
Ms y - you are American?
rosh - nope, not American
Ms x - so who/what is your background rosh?
rosh - I was (born) raised in the UAE , attended school in NYC, worked in Dubai for a while. my parents are Indian and my dad is part English
Ms x - so you are Indian?
rosh - yes sort off
Ms x - have you lived in India, do you speak "Hindu" ?
rosh - no, I've visited India about 6 times - it's Hindi and yes I can follow Hindi
Ms x - so you are not a true Indian, like Mr b our Indian colleague at work then?
rosh - perhaps?
Ms x - see I thought you were some English Indian/Arab/Middle eastern guy?
Ms y - hope you don't mind me asking you this - you Muslim or Hindu?
rosh - neither am Christian
Ms x - but then I've seen you avoid bacon and alcohol at the office Christmas party - however you loved the steak?
rosh - I guess that's 'cause I was raised in an Arab/Muslim nation where we believe bacon/pork is bad meat and people didn't drink alcohol as much.
Ms x - so you are a United "States" Emirates citizen?
rosh – no – btw it’s United Arab Emirates
Ms x - but you've always lived there? are you American then?
rosh - no
Ms y - hope we aren't making you uncomfortable, so what are you? are an Indian citizen?
rosh - oh no, that's ok, not a problem. I am a xx & an xx citizen
Ms x - oh you've been raised or have lived in xx & xx countries then?
rosh - no, my parents have
Ms y - ok am a bit confused - you were born/raised in the Middle East - yet you are not an Arab or speak Arabic or United "States" Emirates citizen. You are Christian, you speak English with an accent - you have these multiple citizenships from countries you've never lived in. You "are" Indian - but have never lived in India. Plus you are not a Hindu or a vegetarian - you eat steak & meat but not bacon/pork or drink alcohol?
rosh - (now feeling a bit embarrassed/unsettling) - yes sort off I guess?
Ms x - well that's most interesting. We've all been born/raised in New York and Phili all our lives - so this is new to us (smiling)
Ms y & Mr a – yes it’s interesting -we don’t even have passports yet.
Ms x - I just requested mine last year, given our business travels - didn't have one prior to last year.
rosh - so you've never travelled outside the United States then?
Mr a - well I visited Canada a few times with my family
Ms y - and I've been to Mexico city
rosh - you must travel, it's a fascinating world out there
Mr a - so rosh, who are you then?
rosh - (thinking) - guess I am sort of a hybrid - perhaps a global citizen of sorts?
Ms x to Mr a - that's fascinating isn't it?
rosh - (now smiling) yes perhaps it is : ) - allow me to buy you all slices of banana nut loaf.