If you are a desi and you haven’t been to at least one potluck party in the last two weeks, you are probably a loner or a fringe-desi. If you have been to three potluck parties in the last two weeks, well, you are a desi.
For desis, a zillion potluck parties, week after week, don’t suck the life out of them. Hindu festivals, birthdays, Bollywood movie releases, India trips and any other nondescript celebration calls for a potluck.
Dishes are carefully chosen to avoid repetition, but Paneer obviously sticks. Every party has a critic de jure and a critic de facto offering their free reviews of all the dishes.
While devouring food, desi gatherings never split up into smaller groups for conversation. It is always one large group sitting in a circle and talking over each other, roaring into a communal laughter every couple of minutes.
For many desis, Thanksgiving is a series of potluck parties interspersed by bargain hunting.