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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pyramid of friendship

For engineers like me who live in North California, Fry’s Electronics store is equivalent of a place of worship. We go there every week, pay our respects and part with some money. One weekend at Fry’s I was examining some ultra powerful headphones that are sure to make you deaf in minutes. I noticed a pretty Indian woman walking into the same aisle. I stared at her for appropriate amount of time and went right back to figuring out the fastest way to become deaf.

After a minute, she walked right up to me with a box of “Noise canceling Headphones” and asked me, “Do you know what these headphones do?”

I was surprised. It was clearly written on the box what they do, complete with the picture of a goofy looking guy on an airplane sporting the said headphones, in a desperate attempt to hint at where that gadget can be used. But no, she had to come and ask me. Is she flirting with me? Ooh, la la.

I pretty much read off of the box what the purpose of the headphones was. As she was thanking me, an Indian guy joined us and was introduced as her husband. After she passed on the knowledge I imparted to her, he asked me a couple of more questions and drowned me in praise, “Wow! You know so much about headphones! Are you into professional audio?” Is he trying to flirt with me? I am all confused now.

They introduced themselves enthusiastically, told me they were new in the area and asked everything about me. She even asked, “Where is your wife?” Hmm. What is going on here? Do they belong to the rumored Indian wife swapping club?

But we must give people the benefit of doubt. They could just be extremely nice people looking for friends in a new area. In a way I was happy that there are still outgoing and friendly people out there. That happiness lasted only until I asked him what he did for a living. Like a bucket of cold water, he told me, “I work for so and so company. And I also have my own e-commerce business.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a clear sign of an Amway guy. At least one mystery solved. Nobody was trying to flirt.

In case you don’t know what Amway is, it is a pyramid scheme, followers of which believe that it will make them rich and help them attain nirvana. They live the rest of their lives like leeches pestering people to sign up for their cult. (I don’t mean to say leeches pester people to sign up for cults. Leeches have a little more dignity than that.)

Rest of the story was simple and pretty much a routine for me. I gave him my phone number. He called me in two days. I gave him an hour long lecture.

Because of the way they operate, I now look askance at every unknown Indian who talks to me. There is always this nagging suspicion that this guy could turn out to be Amway.

On a side note, a fellow blogger recently moved into this area. We never met but he and I chatted on G-Talk. One day we decided to meet for coffee. Before we closed the chat, he cautiously asked me, “You are not Amway or anything, are you?”

72 Comments:

  • hehhee...I just read three posts about this Amway thing! you should read this blog http://gauravsabnis.blogspot.com/ do wat he did...mite help:)

    By Blogger Yashita, at Wed Nov 15, 02:15:00 AM 2006  

  • uhmmm...well every second guy is not earning being a leech ;)
    inbtwn ...

    "At least one mystery solved. Nobody was trying to flirt."

    lol!!
    liked ur post ...nd previous ones too..!!
    shwets

    By Blogger shweta, at Wed Nov 15, 02:37:00 AM 2006  

  • lol! even my MAID is being pestered by her friends to join Amway.. the poor lady asked me what REALLY the whole amway majra was and decided it wasn't worth the bucks that she'd have to first pay as 'deposit' or some such.

    By Blogger Sneha, at Wed Nov 15, 02:38:00 AM 2006  

  • Jeez Louise, the sudden burst in the number of posts on Amway is really astonishing. What are those Amway people up to? A conspiracy to take over the world? Hmm...

    By Anonymous witnwisdumb, at Wed Nov 15, 03:31:00 AM 2006  

  • Ok...Now I really didnt know abt Amway...

    Dash

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 15, 04:39:00 AM 2006  

  • I have no idea what 'Amway' is. Maybe cos I'm in the UK? But there are some clubs around here that you join for a fee and to get rich - u have to recruit others to join you too. Is that what Amway is about? Will have to check out other posts on Amway and educate myself. (smile)

    By Blogger Calabar Gal, at Wed Nov 15, 06:29:00 AM 2006  

  • DNA: I totally agree with you coz it has happened to me 2-3 times when I went for shopping. Amway and also an another name called quickstar. Damn these people. They will come to you as if they are new and ask for directions or shop name and then slowly get your home number and plan to vist few times. They took at us to the meeting and then we knew its like a gospel with all dumb headed ones who stick to one man show. I and my husband never knew of these organizations and was friendly at first. Later when we relaized, we said thanks morons and we like to survive the way we live and not thru such org's. Next time when people smile at me, I am little caution with desis especially:-))

    By Anonymous priya, at Wed Nov 15, 06:34:00 AM 2006  

  • You know what's funny, after so many years ere, not once have I been hit with Amway!! I keep hearing and enjoying all the stories of misery and atrocity, but fortunately or not, I have never experienced it.

    Am sure with more folks hating it, I don't get why Amway doesn't change its business model.

    By Blogger rads, at Wed Nov 15, 06:55:00 AM 2006  

  • Oh I so totally agree with you! We've had narrow escapes from "friends" trying to push Amway on us too! There should seriously be a law against those pests!

    By Anonymous OrangeJammies, at Wed Nov 15, 06:57:00 AM 2006  

  • Damn.. You broke the illusion I had ... every other person that chatted with me in the store/online was trying to flirt with me..
    Sigh.. I will go and nurse my broken heart. Since you have made me feel this bad, would you mind entertaining some thoughts about say Amway..
    Just to help a gal heal..is all I am saying:)

    By Blogger Sakshi, at Wed Nov 15, 07:04:00 AM 2006  

  • You are hilarious!I like the flair with which you present your blogs.And Amway is a sure way to lose friends.We used to have a good friend who fell victim to this vicious circle and we ended up banishing him from the group because he started exhibiting the typical AMWAY behaviour,do they brainwash these guys seriously?That experience makes me suspect every stranger who tries to get too friendly too soon!

    By Blogger Fuzzylogic, at Wed Nov 15, 07:56:00 AM 2006  

  • Hmm.. maybe next time you can tell them that you have ur own e-commerce business and perhaps they'll leave u alone?

    By Blogger video, at Wed Nov 15, 09:48:00 AM 2006  

  • There is a lot of material on the web on this nuisance.
    examples:
    http://www.pyramidschemealert.org/
    http://skepdic.com/mlmhar.html

    By Blogger Jinguchakka, at Wed Nov 15, 09:59:00 AM 2006  

  • LOL...everyone here has their own amway story. read one on desipundit too today. What's up? Is it attack of the amway clones or something? I ran into amway couples on 4 occassions in chicago. It was in Ikea on each occasion and they all used the exact same opening line "you look familiar. where are you from?" They do the ph number thing and give you their card. So after the second time it happened we turned the tables and said we had our own business and gave them the card given by one of the previous amway guys :)) You should see their faces then :)

    By Blogger M (tread softly upon), at Wed Nov 15, 11:01:00 AM 2006  

  • LOL !!! That lady had Amway or Quickstar written all over her from the very begining... Walmart, Costco and Borders are places where i've been cornered before... Stay clear or stay guarded :)

    By Blogger Seashells, at Wed Nov 15, 01:21:00 PM 2006  

  • Arrrgh! Amway! I worked as a waitress in college and we used to get this Amway group in every week. I couldn't stand those people. If they weren't trying to sell you something they were rude as heck and lousy tippers.

    Damn you Amway!

    By Blogger SQT, at Wed Nov 15, 01:32:00 PM 2006  

  • Oh yes am sure this post strikes a chord with a lot of people. Firs time when I was a grad stdt a guy I hardly knew called me and told me I seem to have great business sense - I was flattered a little but wondered how he would know anyway! That was my first intro to Amway ways! Recently we were at IKEA looking at some furniture when a Indian couple walked by, tapped my husband (who was facing the furniture) on the shoulder and asked "Are you from India?"! Felt like saying, no we are chinese! We have gone through this a bunch of times - and really like you said - the sad part is now we are afraid to give a friendly look to other Indians and are afraid if they are friendly with us!

    By Blogger noon, at Wed Nov 15, 01:36:00 PM 2006  

  • Those spineless creatures! I have had few experiences with them. One day, we are leasing our apt; a couple showed up and start praising every corner of the apt. After few min, they came to the real business. I felt like shooting them. They just roam around selling their dignity. For the next time, I am going to say that I am already in Amway and way up in the hierarchy.

    By Blogger Aashun, at Wed Nov 15, 03:01:00 PM 2006  

  • these guys can be such a pain on the butt..
    on another note wife-swap club seriously?!Thought it was an urban myth :))

    By Blogger La vida Loca, at Wed Nov 15, 03:24:00 PM 2006  

  • 10 years ago... i had the same kinda torture from my aunt n uncle who were 100% committed into this Amway thingy... it was a nightmare for all of us, u know....

    every holiday trip, family get-together, the only thing they gonna talk about is Amway, amway and always amway... arghhh, gimme a break!

    i know that amway just hit the indian market.. good luck, guys...

    By Blogger Drama Div@, at Wed Nov 15, 04:59:00 PM 2006  

  • LOL hahahaha I couldnt stop laughing!!!!

    So she and he wasnt trying to flirt with u and neither were they from the Swapping club LOL great!

    yukkkkkkkk those cults! I get so pissed off when they ty to lure me into that crap. Recently one of my friends caught the deadly germ too and was trying to sign me up with her shit. I told her NICELY that Im not interested. Then she tried to invite me for dinner and discuss it with this guy who intro'd it to her. I was sooo angry and I couldnt be NICE anymore so I told her that I HAVE A LIFE. She got the msg this time lol!


    **There is always this nagging suspicion that this guy could turn out to be Amway.

    u must be walking ard feeling scared of pretty Indian chicks now hahaha! Great post mate!



    Excuse me Twisted, could u tell me what these headphones do? My name is Keshi, can u call me some time? :):)


    Keshi.

    By Blogger Keshi, at Wed Nov 15, 05:32:00 PM 2006  

  • oh, this post hit home. actually a friend and her husband became amway dealers for a while. i had to stay away from her (tho she did try very hard to "get together" several times). most of her other friends stayed away also. she eventually dropped the amway gig and gradually we've all "come back" to being friends again. i like your analogy of insulting leeches by comparing them to amway dealers...

    (btw, it now says i have a blog but not really. a friend has stopped allowing "just anybody" to comment on his blog so i had to be set up as a blogger. just in case you had to know.)

    By Blogger si, at Wed Nov 15, 06:10:00 PM 2006  

  • Ah, those dreaded "e-business" Amway guys! My husband was approached by one on a subway train. His line was "Oh, I've been meaning to read that book for a long time now!". "That book" that hubby had in hand was an obscure book that no one would have heard of, let alone wait to read!

    Anyway, great post, as always! Now even if someone flirts with you, you'll always be wondering if he/she's Amway! lol! :)

    By Blogger Vani, at Wed Nov 15, 07:34:00 PM 2006  

  • Enough already! you're the Indian remedy for the Wayanes brothers....for god sakes make a show already! : )
    We need a desi american comedy show ... and you just seem to be right for the part.

    By Anonymous Darshni, at Wed Nov 15, 07:52:00 PM 2006  

  • @Drama Diva: Actually, Amway's been around in India for at least 8 years now, if not more. Long enough for us to learn ways to avoid its people...lol!
    We actually had friends relocate from Sydney to Bombay to break into the Indian market....they're diamond members or some crap like that...and needless to say, not our friends anymore...lol!

    By Anonymous OrangeJammies, at Wed Nov 15, 08:09:00 PM 2006  

  • I too have run into the "friendly entrepreneur" who took my phone number and called the very next day to ask if he and his wife could pay us a visit. I said I was busy. The next time he called I pretended I couldn't hear him...just kept yelling HELLO real loud over and over again. That put an end to it.....I think!

    By Blogger Jayashree, at Wed Nov 15, 08:33:00 PM 2006  

  • Good one !! Reminded me of when we were first approached by one of these Amway couples ( not desi though), even invited themselves for a cuppa at our place! Man, they don't take a polite 'no' for an answer- even took us to the local Amway warehouse and tried to convince us to buy their 'utmost superior quality' stuff, for example, the toothpaste for $20!! Couldn't explain it to me when I asked that when I can get the best, internationally known branded tooth paste for under $5 in the supermarket then Y would I buy probably the same quality for 20 bucks? or a Amway lipstick for $120 when I can buy even an Elizabeth Arden for approx $50 ?? or are they claiming that these products are inferior in quality to their Amway's ?

    They never bothered us after that :-)))

    By Anonymous NZ, at Wed Nov 15, 08:51:00 PM 2006  

  • love the mental picture of leeches trying to sign you up to join their cult :D
    At least they weren't flirting!

    By Blogger The Agony Aunt, at Wed Nov 15, 09:09:00 PM 2006  

  • Pretty Indian woman.. just when you could have had it.. damn life!!

    By Blogger Mr. J, at Wed Nov 15, 09:28:00 PM 2006  

  • HAHA That sucks. Similarly once at Staples some lady asked what time it was. To keep it short, this lead to her wanting me to read a magazine and take a survey online. After dodging phone calls for 2 months, she finally left me alone.

    I am a huge fan of Frys too. By time I leave my feet always ache.

    By Blogger Liz, at Wed Nov 15, 10:08:00 PM 2006  

  • haha, hey dude, i am pretty sure that he (blogger) has encountered some one from Amway.... is Amway a insurance company ? just curious :)

    By Blogger my life...., at Thu Nov 16, 01:28:00 AM 2006  

  • lol! whenever people make an effort to talk to me, or smile unnecessarily...they worry me....he he he he! glad u r nt an "amway type" - very impressed with u being an engineer...damn cool ya

    By Blogger Diligent Candy, at Thu Nov 16, 02:32:00 AM 2006  

  • LOL! I thought that this Amway thing had stopped - about 8-9 years ago, it was like every desi you met was trying to get you into Amway, and then I thought the whole thing died a natural death. Guess not...

    By Blogger Nee, at Thu Nov 16, 03:23:00 AM 2006  

  • I used to think only LIC guys used to do that leech stuff, compared to these Amway, Modicare, and Tupperware, guys.. they are far far better is what I conclude these days :-(((

    By Blogger Sush, at Thu Nov 16, 07:28:00 AM 2006  

  • Well "Sir I have a business proposal for you" ..

    Hmm Get the hell out of here.. No wonder all my relaxed shopping time is gone .. I cannot stand anyone who speaks to you for a reason .. Life is so short enjoy it ...

    ./thanks
    ilaiy

    By Blogger Ilaiy, at Thu Nov 16, 09:05:00 AM 2006  

  • You are right.And Fry's electronics is the special place for these Amway guys to roam around.As soon as they they see any Indian they try to mix up like they are so desperate to make friends with you.I always give them the cold shoulder,even though at that moment it seems very rude.But I cant help that!

    By Blogger SM, at Thu Nov 16, 10:15:00 AM 2006  

  • not been attacked by Amway buggers yet (phew!) so let me just emphathize with your devotion to Fry's... it is definitely a cool store!! since they don't have one near DC, whenever i visit my brother in Chicago we make our teerth yatra.

    By Blogger Shilpa, at Thu Nov 16, 10:53:00 AM 2006  

  • hey I just posted something about this today. You know we should form an association or something "Indians United against Amway predators" or something like that. Do we have a 'hit on me Amway' sign on our face? Or maybe - we look like we cud make some money :(

    By Blogger Something to Say, at Thu Nov 16, 11:00:00 AM 2006  

  • I was accosted once this way, I gave them a defunct contact phone number.

    By Blogger Shreemoyee, at Thu Nov 16, 11:31:00 AM 2006  

  • hahaha!! Good luck with those idiots! There is one Indian couple who roams arnd here in Safeway collecting fone numbers..

    By Blogger Pallavi, at Thu Nov 16, 11:37:00 AM 2006  

  • I fell for this one too :( And then over hot coffee at borders just after 10 mins of introductions i was asked the inevitable questions, and i ran never to look back again! from that day on, i can smell an amway type creature from a safe distance ;)

    By Blogger Life Lover, at Thu Nov 16, 11:57:00 AM 2006  

  • a relatibe of mine stopped talking to another one as they refuse to join the cult. a colleauge in office always praises amway products in hop ethat we might buy them.

    By Blogger itchingtowrite, at Thu Nov 16, 08:40:00 PM 2006  

  • Great post as always. I haven't heard about Amway for close to two decades. Back in the early 80's a friend called up and said they were having a little get-together. Thinking party and girls, I went. Urghhh! Amway presentation! Needless to say, I didn't stay very long. Caused a bit of a strain on the friendship, but I'm not one to hold a grudge. Interesting that Amway is suddenly prevalent in the Desi community.

    By Blogger Alan, at Thu Nov 16, 09:08:00 PM 2006  

  • Why did u give him ur phone number??U should be very careful of these kind of people, who pretend to be very friendly, but they actually r devils in disguise...U never know what is there in their mind.......they might be genuinely good people too, but why to take a chance?Specially when u have known them for not more than 10 min...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Nov 17, 12:30:00 AM 2006  

  • ooo.....soory to mention....its me...Neha...at the last comment...

    By Blogger Neha, at Fri Nov 17, 12:31:00 AM 2006  

  • Yashita:
    Gaurav has an interesting post too. Thanks for the pointe

    shweta:
    liked ur post ...nd previous ones too..!!
    Thank you so much!

    sneha:
    she'd have to first pay as 'deposit' or some such.
    It's not only the deposit, then they make you join the training
    classes to teach how to be better leeches. It's sad that they don't
    leave leave low income people out of their vicious circle.

    witnwisdumb:
    the sudden burst in the number of posts on Amway is really astonishing.
    I had no idea I was being part of a bigger phenomenon :)

    A conspiracy to take over the world?
    Worse, conspiracy to make huge pyramid of the world :)

    Dash:
    Ok...Now I really didnt know abt Amway...
    You are lucky, let's keep it that way. That said, you are still quite
    young :) I am sure you will have your share of them when you are older

    Calabar Gal:
    u have to recruit others
    That pretty much describes Amway. You don't have to go looking for them. They will find you one day :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 01:07:00 AM 2006  

  • priya:
    another name called quickstar
    Exactly. When you ask a guy "are you amway" he goes, 'Of course not.' He basically means he is a member of QuickStar which is exactly the same thing.

    Next time when people smile at me, I am little caution with desis especially
    That is what these people are doing to our community :(

    rads:
    Am sure with more folks hating it, I don't get why Amway doesn't change its business model.
    I guess there is still vast pool of people who don't know about them. Hopefully a diminishing pool.

    By the way, another thing about Amway people is, they don't go after people who are living in the country for a long time. They figure these people must have known Amway and are not likely targets

    OrangeJammies:
    There should seriously be a law against those pests!
    Or may be there should be a designated Amway hang out in every store so we can tell them apart.

    Sakshi:
    Damn.. You broke the illusion I had ... every other person that chatted with me in the store/online was trying to flirt with me..
    I guess with girls there are too many people to flirt. But if a girls flirts with a guy, especially with a guy like me, there is something seriously foul afoot :)

    Just to help a gal heal..is all I am saying:)
    LOL

    FuzzyLogic:
    You are hilarious!I like the flair with which you present your blogs
    Thank you!

    o they brainwash these guys seriously
    From what I heard, yes! They have these cult-like meetings where powerful speakers try to brainwash them!

    video:
    maybe next time you can tell them that you have ur own e-commerce business
    Lol. That's not a bad idea. You seem to be have some experience in this matter yourself ;)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 01:16:00 AM 2006  

  • Jinguchakka:
    Hey welcome to the blog. I saw you on other blogs before :) Thanks for the info. I will check them out.

    M (tread softly upon):
    Is it attack of the amway clones or something?
    I really don't know! It's an interesting co-incidence

    "you look familiar. where are you from?"
    Damn!! That's the line I use to strike conversations with girls! No wonder nobody is talking to me :D Ok, I am kidding. That is the cheesiest line ever.

    ve them the card given by one of the previous amway guys
    ROFL! This is sheer genius!

    Seashells:
    That lady had Amway or Quickstar written all over her from the very begining
    I typically sense them pretty fast. But I have been out of practice lately :)

    SQT:
    f they weren't trying to sell you something they were rude as heck
    This is interesting... I never had the chance to study their non-selling side! Man they just deserve to be rude to!

    noon:
    no we are chinese!
    Haha!

    now we are afraid to give a friendly look to other Indians
    Ya, that's the saddest part!

    Aashun:
    I felt like shooting them.
    Promises, promises, promises

    They just roam around selling their dignity
    That's a very good way to put it!

    La vida Loca:
    wife-swap club seriously?!
    Ya, I read about it. Also, last time I was in India there was a really badly made undercover TV program (a la Dateline) that investigated and showed some couples trying to pick up other couples. The interesting part is, the TV program tried to portray these swapping couples as villains who are trying to spoil the entire country. In my opinion, if two people have open relationship and happy in it, good for them.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 01:26:00 AM 2006  

  • Dr@ma Div@:
    It is really bad if somebody in the family gets this bug! You can't even escape from them!

    Keshi:
    So she and he wasnt trying to flirt
    I am not happy and happy, respectively, about it :)

    I was sooo angry and I couldnt be NICE anymore so I told her that I HAVE A LIFE.
    Really? I didn't you know can get serious. I can't even imagine how you look when you are serious

    Excuse me Twisted, could u tell me what these headphones do? My name is Keshi, can u call me some time? :):)
    Well, if the girl is THAT pretty, I might just join Amway ;)

    si:
    a friend and her husband became amway dealers for a while. i had to stay away from her
    Ya, we had friends like that.
    gradually we've all "come back" to being friends
    Hopefully they stay that way

    t now says i have a blog but not really.
    I had to click on the link and see the "Page not found" page anyway :)

    Vani:
    n hand was an obscure book that no one would have heard of, let alone wait to read!
    LOL! These guys look ANY thing to conversation, don't they!

    Anyway, great post, as always!
    Thank you so much :)

    Now even if someone flirts with you, you'll always be wondering if he/she's
    A very remote possibility to start with. But if somebody does, I generally if she lost her mind before suspecting Amway. I am not a very flirtable material you know :)

    Darshini:
    for god sakes make a show already! : )
    I am flattered. Thanks for the encouragement.

    You probably said that half tongue-in-cheek, but at some point I really considered stand-up. But I realized I don't have the diction for it :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 01:36:00 AM 2006  

  • Lol. that was funny- In India I find these herbalife guys damn irritating as well

    By Blogger artnavy, at Fri Nov 17, 01:44:00 AM 2006  

  • OrangeJammies:
    diamond members or some crap like that.
    This is news to me! I didn't know they have such levels! Shouldn't those levels be called, "Leech level", "Vampire bat level", "Count Dracula level" etc. :)

    Jayashree:
    .just kept yelling HELLO real loud over and over again. That put an end to it
    LOL! I am glad that it worked. Amway people are not generally know to take subtle hints :)

    NZ:
    Amway lipstick for $120
    Oh my god! I hope that lipstick stays on for a month :)

    claiming that these products are inferior in quality to their Amway's ?
    Good thing you didn't give into pressure! And these guys know how to put pressure on people!

    The Agony Aunt:
    At least they weren't flirting!
    ROFL!

    John:
    Pretty Indian woman.. just when you could have had it.. damn life!
    Haha. could've had what? A kick in the back from my wife? ;)

    Liz:
    what time it was.
    Damn! Hard to imagine such outcome is possible of its innocent beginning! Glad she left you alone without much damage.

    my life...:
    is Amway a insurance company ?
    In a way, they take money from you to insure their good fortune :) Actually, it's a pyramid scheme that promises to make you rich quickly.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 01:48:00 AM 2006  

  • Diligent Candy:
    glad u r nt an "amway type"
    I do smile at people unnecessarily but I am not an amway type :)

    very impressed with u being an engineer...damn cool ya
    :) Thank you. Some aspects of my job are actually quite cool. But majority of them are pretty mundane

    Nee:
    the whole thing died a natural death.
    It kind of did. Then it resurrected as QuickStar and Brit World Wide. These things don't die that easily. As long as stupidity can be found in humans, these schemes will prevail

    Sush:
    I read so many jokes about the LIC guys, but never was approached by them. They probably thought my life is not insurable :)

    Ilaiy:
    Ya, it is very annoying to find out that the guy who's very nice so far has been so only for a reason!

    sharda:
    ven though at that moment it seems very rude.
    I don't think you can be rude to them even if you try. They are immune to these kinds of things! No need to feel sorry for them.

    Shilpa:
    He he he. I can't imagine a place that doesn't have Fry's. That's why I can't move out of Fry's. As animals settle around water, we technophiles settle down around Fry's :)

    Something to Say:
    Indians United against Amway predators"
    At some point I seriously thought about sporting a badge that says "NO AMWAY" so that other Indians can freely say hello to me without fear. We should really think about such club!

    o we have a 'hit on me Amway' sign on our face?
    LOL. More like a neon sign :)

    Shreemoyee:
    I gave them a defunct contact phone number.
    These days they are getting quite smart. They are asking for your cell phone number and calling immediately saying "This way it will be in my call log" :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 02:02:00 AM 2006  

  • Pallavi:
    Good luck with those idiots!
    It's almost impossible to escape from them. I just have fun with them these days.

    Life Lover:
    i can smell an amway type creature from a safe distance ;)
    Lol. Quite a useful sense to have :)

    itchingtowrite:
    a colleauge in office always praises amway products
    Man, if people do this kind of stuff at work place, it will really be bad. I hope there will be some disciplinary action against him!

    Alan:
    Thinking party and girls, I
    ROFL

    Amway presentation!
    I heard about these presentations! They are apparently like a cult meeting

    Interesting that Amway is suddenly prevalent in the Desi community
    I hope somebody does a sociological study of Amway. I think it does well in a community until it exhausts all stupid people in teh community

    Neha:
    Why did u give him ur phone number??
    I gave him my work number so I can give him a lecture when he calls. I give these lectures routinely.

    but why to take a chance?
    But you are right. We need to watch out for dangerous people!

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 02:08:00 AM 2006  

  • "herbalife "
    When I was visiting India some time ago, there was this uncle. Whenever we met him he used to pop this Herbalife pill and tell us how great that medicine was. He never really asked us to buy it but he tried all indirect hints. I played dumb :)

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Fri Nov 17, 02:10:00 AM 2006  

  • LOL!!

    “Is he trying to flirt with me?” lol

    The second I read this line I knew it was an Anway couple who were looking for a Bakra and they found u qualified candidate who thinks the whole gharana is flirting with him:-) or u thought that it was the colonge you were wearing,was attracting everybody:-)

    We met couple of people here who acted the same way and now the minute I see a desi couple I try not to look at them;-) Just yesterday hubby & I were talking about this Amway scheme… According to him Amway is old & now people will start bugging you with time share scheme.. so next time when somebody out of the blue try to feed your ego or start telling you aout a vacation place, just run like hell:-))

    By Blogger mommyof2, at Fri Nov 17, 07:26:00 AM 2006  

  • Hehe...
    Actually I do have some experience. I know someone who got caught up in one of these pyramid schemes. Luckily for him, the stakes were low ($500). Also, I've been harrased by one guy who approached me in Barnes and Nobles. He wouldn't let go of the issue. In the end I said "Give me your card and I'll think about it" Of-course I threw it away after that.

    By Blogger video, at Fri Nov 17, 07:55:00 AM 2006  

  • Ha Ha! and you thought it was your wit and charm!!

    This happened to hubby and me a loong time ago. In our case, it was a mixed couple (american guy married to a chinese woman). We got invited to a movie, a picnic and a potluck before we got invited to a mysterious "Meeting". This was 12 years ago and they didn't just blurt out the "A" word in the very first meeting in those days. Even sleazeball organizations did things with a little finesse back then, sigh!

    cheers!

    By Blogger Saffron, at Fri Nov 17, 09:32:00 AM 2006  

  • Hahaha...my husband and I have made a hobby out of spotting amway-ites. We even give each other the "amway look" when we smell an amway rat (it's a very distinct and exclusive look, mind you)....in fact there was a time we'd (very deliberately) "ignorantly" play along, and then my husband would come up with this amway-math and get kicks out of convincing him (the 'he' did most of the talking/explaining/conning) how you'd soon run out of ppl in the world with that kind of a scheme :-D After that we'd let them talk for a while and then say "so what do you do? we have this e-commerce business..." rofl. Now that we're REALLY old we just sniff/sight one from a 100 miles and walk in the other direction :-D

    But hey nda, you really have an awesome blog going here...and I love the colors, and you're so humorous & popular...

    ...so what do you do? If you're interested, I'd love to talk about this little business I have.... :-|


    -g

    By Anonymous gauri, at Fri Nov 17, 04:37:00 PM 2006  

  • LOL..i never realised they actually operate that way!!gotta be cautious now.. :O

    By Blogger Di, at Fri Nov 17, 08:20:00 PM 2006  

  • Dropped here first time.... too gud a blog you have out here....

    By Blogger Vin, at Fri Nov 17, 11:24:00 PM 2006  

  • T-DNA, As usual it's a humourous post about your experiences ,which is something that I do get to enjoy reading them :) happy holidays to you !

    By Anonymous Lera, at Sat Nov 18, 06:12:00 PM 2006  

  • Don't even get me started on the Amway thing.......they are like locusts!! at least here in Dallas they have come, seen and conquered....no place is safe anymore ofcourse supermarkets, electronic stores and children's play areas at the mall still remain their fav spots to rope in innocent victims..but really some months ago I was contemplating on starting an awareness campaign or something because even going to the grocery store had become such an uncomfortable experience..but of late it has died down a bit...maybe someone did start an awareness campaign and tipped them off or something...anyway

    By Blogger Orchid, at Sun Nov 19, 12:16:00 PM 2006  

  • artnavy:
    When I was visiting India some time ago, there was this uncle. Whenever we met him he used to pop this Herbalife pill and tell us how great that medicine was. He never really asked us to buy it but he tried all indirect hints. I played dumb :)

    mommyof2:
    or u thought that it was the colonge you were wearing,was attracting everybody:-)
    It's not the cologne it's my personal charm.. oh wait.. it's neither :)

    I actually let the Amways hit on me and get my phone number. When they call, I give them a very long lecture. I don't think it is use but if more people waste their time, they might stop hitting on random people.

    start telling you aout a vacation place
    I heard about this too!

    video:
    "Give me your card and I'll think about it"
    Must be a novice Amway :) They generally won't let you go until you give them your number! But good for you, you narrowly escaped it!

    Saffron:
    a Ha! and you thought it was your wit and charm!!
    Absolutely not! Just the charm ;)

    the "A" word
    LOL

    gauri:
    We even give each other the "amway look" when we smell an amway rat
    Your whole "amway treatment" is just hilarious! You guys are wicked and it serves them right!

    you really have an awesome blog going here
    Thank you very much! You are so kind. Or, are you just trying to sell me the Amway :D

    I'd love to talk about this little business I have.... :-|
    LOL. We should do a blog version of Amway... BlogWay. You need to get 3 people to read somebody else's blog and so on :D

    Di:
    i never realised they actually operate that way
    They are actually sneakier than that. What I described is the most simplistic scenario. People got tricked by them pretty badly and lost several hours hearing their nonsense. Ya, we gotta watch out for these guys.

    Vin:
    Welcome to the blog! Thanks for the compliments

    Lera:
    Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the reading. Happy holidays to you too!

    Orchid:
    I was contemplating on starting an awareness campaign
    I seriously thought about it. I thought we should wear "No Amway" badges so that 1. We deter these Amway scum 2. We show to other desis that we are not amway and safe to say hello to.

    I am glad that Dallas is seeing less and less of them. Just like locusts, they probably go where there is fresh meat.

    By Blogger Twisted DNA, at Sun Nov 19, 03:49:00 PM 2006  

  • yeah I was pretty serious but not angry. I told her that it's all bull shit and for her to dump it. hehehehe.

    **Well, if the girl is THAT pretty, I might just join Amway ;)

    o cmon b serious! :):) One thing for sure, u will never find me among the Amways ppl LOL!


    Keshi.

    By Blogger Keshi, at Sun Nov 19, 07:51:00 PM 2006  

  • Oh gosh... this was one of the first things I heard when I first moved to the bay area - about people coming up (mostly couples) and talking like this ... I've never experienced it personally - I'm not married and apparently, they only do that to married couples.

    By Blogger Swapna, at Mon Nov 20, 05:54:00 PM 2006  

  • Oh PLease God help me!! My boy friend caught this bug, and that is soooo severe that he just waits for someone to cough to prescribe one of Amway's products. Now he is telling me too to take this up. I said that I will take it from Jan just to run away and now he is counting down the days.. He says things like "I am waiting for you to enter the new phase in life blah blah in Jan" .All our romantic talk is only around that. I have stopped listenting to him. I think i will break up with him soon, if he doesn't get my subtle hints. OH GOD PLEASE HELP ME!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 22, 05:18:00 AM 2006  

  • Screw Amway.....there really is an Indian wife-swapping club!!!Whoa!

    By Blogger freespirit, at Thu Nov 23, 02:48:00 AM 2006  

  • hehehehe... rofl

    By Blogger Isha, at Thu Nov 23, 02:54:00 PM 2006  

  • Amway...God... here too the people try to talk the same way so fast to get u into it. N 4 sure, u need to be safe.

    By Blogger Kalpana, at Sun Nov 26, 08:46:00 PM 2006  

  • Try this tshirt : http://www.merifiles.com/uploads/FuckWithMeUnamericanTshirt-Lrg_1.gif

    from : Indianpad

    By Anonymous amiable_indian, at Mon Jun 25, 01:44:00 PM 2007  

  • actually Amway desis are the only smiling desis one gets to see here, all else look at you as if you were assaulting them.

    By Blogger @lankr1ta, at Tue Jun 03, 04:03:00 PM 2008  

  • nicely done. you only need amway or quixtar sprung on you once before you get wise to the tactic.
    hope the headphones work.

    By Blogger The0, at Wed Feb 18, 03:21:00 AM 2009  

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