I would like to mention few incidents or rather reactions that I came across when I interacted with few locals here in Brussels whom I met in metro, neighbourhood, bus stop, park and a casual interaction initiated:
- A shopkeeper from Iran who runs a petty shop asked me my nationality when I was at his shop for renewal of my mobile subscription as a part of very normal casual conversation. When I said Indian he instantly asked “Shahrukh Khan” (an Indian actor)? It to some extent re-emphasized a Facebook post that I came across recently that for many in the world “India” means “SRK” as the hero is called fondly. I couldn’t have further discussion with him as I had to hurry up.
- A smile passed and a conversation begun: An elderly lady wishing my daughter started speaking to me about where do I live in Brussels…
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