When I lived in Italy, I often got approached by different men who wanted to ask me out.
All kinds of people, too – waiters, policemen, the guards at the Vatican Museums, shop keepers.
If you want to meet someone, you’d better make your way to the dance floor.
Many people regard those who only hang out in the bar as suspicious*. If you catch somebody’s eye, and the two of you look at each other for more than a second, then you’re good to start dancing with each other (at this point, you don’t even have to ask about the dance, you both know it’s coming).
However, the way to meet someone there is more subtle.
It’s not as easy as going up to someone and offer them a drink or ask them to dance.
Now at 30-weeks pregnant, the girl from Mumbai must be granted permission from the Supreme Court, as Indian law only allows terminations after 20-weeks if the mother's life is in danger.
A colleague of the girl's father is alleged to have raped the teenager and has been arrested.
Many people see this as too forward and will get defensive if they are approached in this way.
So how do people approach one another when they go out?
Eventually you’ll have another date, usually at the cinema, and if that goes well too, you’ll have what constitutes a relationship.
Although it might still be a bit early to change your status.
Of course, this gives a generalized picture, and I’ve heard of people meeting each other in other ways (Hannes and I have a different story, I’ll tell you some other time).