I was at the bus stop yesterday. I met an Indian guy who had picked up a conversation with me once previously because I was in the seat next to him.
He: I need help setting up a business here. Can you help me and tell me what to do.
Me: No, I am not into setting up businesses. I do not know what to do.
He: Will you be my friend?
Me: What does that mean? (We all know what that means in India – Do fraandship with me)
He: Just Friends, that’s all.
Me: Er.. okay.
He (Immediately takes out his cell phone): Can I have your number?
He (completely embarrassed): I am alone here. No friends. I am so bored at home after office. I have nothing to do. I have nobody to talk to.
Me: Then go to some classes.
Another girl I meet on the same bus told me that the same guy had asked for her number and she had given it to him. He kept calling her until she mentioned her husband. This sort of creepy behavior is not restricted to younger guys. I have known much older men doing the same. You casually chat with them once and they want to have your phone number.
Exercise: Many times, people corner you into giving your number. It is okay to refuse even if you sound rude. Just say no.