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#1 Feb 23rd, 2009, 23:35
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Not sure if this is appropriate place -- borderline humor:

The other night I was waiting around the Mysore bus station for a bus to Ernakulam (overnight AC semi-sleeper -- would've been great but I was in the last two seats). It was late (or perfectly on time depending on perspective) and a drunk man came up to me and started chatting. It was an incredibly awkward conversation, but he did a weird thing where he scratched my hand extremely deliberately when he shook it on introduction.

I know what this means other places, but I haven't heard/experienced it elsewhere.

Anyone able to decipher this one? He went on to tell me to just miss my bus and then take my tea. It was pretty uncomfortable!
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Originally Posted by skonrad View Post Anyone able to decipher this one?
I only know how I would decipher it, and put it this way, I wouldn't assume he was telling me that he was a Mason!

Especially with someone who is drunk, anything other than instantly breaking off of the conversation at that point would probably be interpreted as encouragement... It doesn't sound as if he forced his intentions onto you though, women have to defuse approaches like this all the time, it's no big deal. Stick around more bus stops late at night and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it.
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Happened to me once too but as it turned out both his parents were tabbies.
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Happened to me in a bus in Calcutta, returning from school.

I removed a common pin from the papers I was carrying and stabbed him with it.


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Ummm...do you mean he tickled your palm....? Or do you mean he literally scratched your hand. Because the former I get, but the latter is just weird. Not that the former isn't also weird, but....oh you know what I mean.
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If you are asking me, the former. I think that was what the OP meant too, else it is close encounters of the third kind
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Damn it, the guy was probably just expressing a childlike joy inspired by his belief in god...








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posts 4 -7 are wannabe trolls...

this palm scratching thingee - was done at length somewhere else
and of course i dont have a clue in which thread it was...


it generally means - 'hey babe, help me make it thru the night.'



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Don't you call me a wannabe troll!


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See the whole thing is that I'm a guy, so I was wondering if there was some alternative meaning among men or if I'd just been propositioned in a totally uncomfortable and exceptionally ineffective way. He scratched at my palm -- not really a tickle as it was forceful. I would've got up and left, but my girlfriend was sitting next to me, and I thought he might just go away if I started talking to her. He did eventually, but it took about 10 minutes of him looking as though he was about to pass out and intermittently repeating the same questions.

Especially in Mysore, I was subject to a lot of people coming up and asking me inane questions and giving me suggestions on things to do with no ulterior motive and providing directions without being pestered first (and autos talking themselves out of money!!). So I thought maybe this was part of that strange friendliness.

I knew no matter what happened not to leave the bus station (common sense), which suited me just well as I had no idea when or where my bus was coming - the joy of bus stations.
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so I was wondering if there was some alternative meaning among men or if I'd just been propositioned in a totally uncomfortable and exceptionally ineffective way.
No there isn't, and yes you had.

Ineffective eh? What should he have tried?
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Originally Posted by skonrad View Post It was an incredibly awkward conversation, but he did a weird thing where he scratched my hand extremely deliberately when he shook it on introduction.
Avoid shaking hands altogether (filthy habit, never know where they've been) Put yours together in Namaste and say Namaste, repeatedly and increasingly loudly, if necessary.....
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post Happened to me once too but as it turned out both his parents were tabbies.
Too funny!!!

skonrad - it's not an Indian thing as far as I know. Looks like that guy was just weird
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I saw something about it in the north-eastern states of India, and just across the border in China on Palin's Himalaya as some sort of courting request. But a guy doing it to a guy? He was drunk!
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Or...er...gay, maybe?

Other men on IM have reported having this done to them by men. In post #4 here, for a start. Also elsewhere.

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