\ Posted by: Sonali Savani
I am the oldest daughter of a well know Bollywood actor who was able to cross over to bit parts on British and American Movies and T.V. My aunt is known for starring in two well know Brit-coms. My cousin has had an entertainment show for 28 years.
I have known Gabriel for 29 years. I met Gabriel in Dublin in an Indian restaurant when I was 16 years old. I was eating dinner with my aunt and uncle. Gabriel was sitting with some friends of his, he kept looking at me. When my aunt and uncle went out to discuss something privately, Gabriel came over and spoke to me in Punjabi, a language he knows well. I was wearing a Punjabi suit. I did not realize that he was Irish for some time. Many Punjabi's have blue eyes. My uncle had blue eyes. I have green eyes.
Gabriel spoke to me in a respectful manner. He knew that Indian girls are reserved. My father for instance, no matter how modern thinking he is, never let me go out on a date. I did not however have to consider an arranged marriage.
As Gabriel was talking to me, my aunt and uncle came back and my aunt pulled the chair out from under Gabriel, and started cursing at him in Hindi and Punjabi. She yelled at him that I was jailbait. I did give him my phone number though. He called the next day. I invited him to dinner. My parents came in from London.
Gabriel came to dinner a few days later and met my parents, my two brothers and baby sister. My sister made a coment about Gabriel looking like my dad. He does look like my dad!
Dinner went well, then my dad had to read Gabriel the riot act, i.e. in my house, the "if you touch my daughter I will castrate you" speech. Complete with the long curved knife used in The Punjab to ritually slaughter sheep and goats.
Surprisingly Gabriel did not give up on our "friendship".
Later maybe I will tell you about how I found out Gabriel is a "big" man, when I was 18.
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