L bumped into me two days after I had joined my new place of work. Of course, we made the desi-desi connection and got chatting. I impressed her with my fluent bengali and ever since that hallway chat, she's been always asking after me, how I am settling in, giving me tips on post-doc life, etc. etc. It was really nice to have someone looking after me like that. We met off and on and talked about visiting her sometime, "bring your sister and all also" she said, when I told her I end up at my sister's on most weekends. She even told me about some other friends of hers and said she'd take me to visit them some day. Me being me, I gladly and enthusiastically agreed, after all, I was keen to make new friends around this place.
Today I find out, L and her husband, and these other friends of hers are all involved in some kind of "business proposition" and if I had a couple hours, she would like to take me to their place so I could hear more about it and join them if I were interested. Of course, I luckily remembered about an experiment that needed attention right then. Heh. All my life I've heard of Amway and its derivatives, and how desis abroad are known for bugging people to join their little coterie. Now, for the past 6 years in small univ town lutom, I never came across those types. Today I got my first amway-type friend! I am so kicked! :)