This is undoubtedly a desis’ favorite passtime. Being busy keeps a desi floating high-up on the social value chain while giving them ample reasons for being late.
A desi will leave no stone unturned in announcing his/her busy status to their immediate friends. Voice mails are an all time favorite way of expressing busyness (iPhone wielding desis marvel at its impeccable ability to route calls to their voice mail). Other mechanisms of avoiding you include remaining invisible on chats, replying to emails a fortnight after or just meeting you in person and telling you that they are busy.
Weekends are when a desi hoops through the various social circles he belongs to talking about how busy they are. Desi vacations are always at the default location (India :P) and there too the desi visits one set of relatives after another in rapid succession, their choc-a-block itinerary matched faintly by itineraries of national ambassadors.
Busyness is rampant among desis and exists even if YOU invite THEM over for food. Busy desis are also sometimes secretive and closely guard that with which they are busy.
If you are not in the immediate friend circle of a particular desi, then this post may not be applicable to you, because that desi will invariably have time for you.
PS: #34 also accounts for the frequency of entries on this blog 😉