I volunteer for homework help once a week, where a bunch of us get together to help kids who don’t have any help at home, with their homework. Some of the things I have learnt about the kids as well as their families have given me a new perspective on life.
One time, this mother of a kid also joined us because her daughter was very young and she wanted to be around her. The mother and I got talking. She is from Pakistan, and about the same age as I am.
Mother: Kahan se ho aap?
Mother: Kahan rehte ho? Kab aaye yahan?
Me: Blah blah.
Mother: Kiske saath rehte ho?
Me: Husband ke saath.
Mother: Bachche hain?
Mother: Shadi ko kitne saal hue?
Me: Sade char.
Mother: Phie koi medical problem hain ya aaplog bachche nahin chahte?
Me: (I just smiled, did not want to encourage this conversation)
Mother: Pata hain, meri ek cousin hain jo shadi ke baad apni padhayi khatam karne tak bachcha nahin chahti thi, abhi padhayi khatam hui lekin bachcha nahin ho raha hain. Apni body ka koi bharosa nahin.
Me: (Again I just smiled)
Mother: Kitne bhai behen hain aapke.
Me: Ek behen hain.
Mother: Koi bhai nahin hain?
Mother: Arey arey. Phir aapke abba ne doosri shadi nahin ki?
Me: (totally shocked and it probably showed on my face) Nahin, kyun karenge? Ladka, ladki kya farak padta hain?
Mother: Aur aapke husband ke?
Me: Uska ek bhai hain.
Mother: Chalo achcha hua.
Mother: Mere pati ki main doosri biwi hoon. Pehli ke teen ladkiyan hui tho usne mujhse shadi kar li.
Me: Oh! Tho aapke kitne ladke hain?
Mother: Che ladkiyan!