M and I used to get really annoyed by this in the beginning. Desi eyes throughout the malls seemed to be glued to us. Heads swiveled in our direction. And often people could not be deterred. Unlike many Americans, who might quickly look away when they've been caught staring, it seems to me that there's not always that same concept in desi cultures. We would sometimes stare back expecting that would end it, but then be caught in a Who's Going To Look Away First contest.
My husband, M, especially used to get upset, and sometimes he would even cause a scene. At times it would be funny - he'd call out to the person "Kia Hal Hain, Bhai? Theek Hai? Ammi theek hai?" (How are you, brother? You okay? Is your mother okay?) I can't count the times people would start visibly racking their brains trying to figure out how they knew M. Sometimes when M was in a bad mood, his reactions weren't so funny and he'd get rude. "Apna Kam Rukho, Uncle" ('Mind your business, Uncle.' Literally, Do your own work.)
So, in response to all of that, this is the present I got on our 2nd wedding anniversary. He made them himself with iron-on transfers. I thought it was so perfect!
"Mian" is husband and Baygum means wife. Underneath it says -Since 2003-
The back of mine said "I Love My Mian And Ammi (my mother) Knows It!!!"