1. Meet me. See that I'm not white.
  2. Ask me where I'm from.
  3. No, but like, where am I really from?
  4. Do not accept my answer that I'm from Marietta, Georgia.
  5. Ask me again, what's my "ethnic" background though?
  6. Nod in relief when I say my family is from India.
  7. Talk to me at length about your tenuous spiritual connection to India.
  8. Refuse to understand why I find this conversation tedious at best and offensive at worst.