If someone tried to “woo” me straight out of the gate by taking a superficial and homogenizing interest in my culture, I’m sure my (thick) skin would crawl.Humorous generalization can be a laugh riot if done well– in a non-cliche or particularly insightful way– but this really misses the mark.An excerpt: Before getting to “how,” let’s start with “why.” There are obvious reasons one would want to date an Indian, such as how successful and professionally desirable they are.Indians dominate as engineers, doctors, lawyers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. According to Wikipedia*, “India holds the highest number of Miss World winners, only to be tied with Venezuela.” (*That feels a little like citing The National Enquirer but I am going to go with it.) Most Indians are innately gracious, social creatures; they highly value friends and family and have a calendar filled with various holidays and occasions to celebrate, which they typically do with gusto.
] and culture-less white guy, but I agree that this article is reductive, cringe-inducing, and condescending.Otherwise, they’re going to wonder what you’re doing that’s so much more interesting than them. Your first date is a great opportunity to show her what you’re made of. If you look like you’ve just stepped out of bed, your date is going to think you don’t really care.Get your hair cut, maybe invest in a new outfit, and check that your teeth and nails are looking presentable.When it comes to conversation, stay in your comfort zone by coming up with a few topics that you can talk about easily so you’re not out of your depth too early.But it’s a delicate balance — no one wants to be the guy who bangs on about his comic book collection all night, or what a pro he is on the bench press.If in doubt, ask your date about themselves and go from there.It sounds simple, but choosing someone with similar interests is a big plus. After all, no one wants to sit through the seven-course degustation with someone you’ve only just met – especially if you both realise it’s not going to work after the entrees appear.It could have been funny or provocative if it had not employed so many cliched generalizations, or had done so with a self-parodying sensibility.The author is married to an Indian guy, and finds him and his cultural interests desirable, even charmingly different from her own– fine, great– but it was misguided to try and draw from her experience a bogus, predictable field theory of fool-proof Indian seduction strategies. Writing a satirical send-up of any group’s generalized habits (Indians, white people, black people, whatever) requires a deeper, more nuanced perception of stereotypes, a fresh intelligence which provokes both thought and laughter. And here’s an Indian-American woman’s perspective (commenter Amita Swadhin): This is the most racist thing I’ve read in a long, long time.Also, make sure you remember her eye colour (trust us on this one) and when you’re comfortable, maybe test the waters by leaning in a little closer as she speaks — if she backs away, then, it’s probably not going well.Everyone’s nervous on a first date, but there’s nothing more attractive than a bit of self-confidence.