8 Jun

My mom just landed in California 5 days back. She’s met/spoken to a few folks since her arrival and all of them have asked her more or less the same set of questions and she in turn gave the same set of answers. Its weird when you have to answer the same questions again and again. Its like failing an exam and having to taken it again and again. And trust me this will continue till the last day of her stay. Here is how it goes…..

Day 1 or day 2 after arrival:

After the customary Hello, Namastey etc. etc. how was your flight? Did you have any problems with customs at the airport? Are you feeling jet-lagged? How long are you going to stay?

After a week or 10 days:

Have you overcome your jet lag? Then they come to know that my dad is still back in India and will be coming to California after a month – Wow, how is he managing without you?(BTW, its a given that Indian men cannot survive without their wives especially when the wife is out of town taking a break!) Then come the customary sight-seeing questions – Did you see any places? Is this your first time in California?

After a month when my dad arrives:

The first set of questions are all reapeated again. How was your flight? Did you have any problems with customs at the airport? Are you feeling jet-lagged? How long are you going to stay? And there is one more new addition – How did you manage in India without your wife?

After a couple of months:

How long have you been here? How do you pass your time? Do you get bored sitting at home the whole day? Do you miss India? What do you think about the life here as compared to life in India?

A week before they are leaving for India:

Did you finish all your shopping? Nowadays you get everything in India anyways. Will you be visiting again?(Although its none of your business!). Make sure that you go to the airport on time.

See, how predictable it is!! And can you imagine taking this exam over and over!!


5 Responses to “Predictable”

  1. AJCL June 9, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    i wonder how talks on recession (and its after effects) got left out 🙂

  2. Smita June 9, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    lol 😀

    So true!!!

    Am sure more questions wud follow

    “Aapka yahan man lag raha hai?”
    “How r u passing ur time here??” etc etc.

    After I started working I used to go home for chutti, aunties would always ask, where do u stay, how do you manage food, is the area safe, how many girls stay with you etc etc…

    Guess we Indians show our concern by asking these questions or may be we have nothing else to say but have say something 😉

    • ashwinideo June 9, 2009 at 10:04 am #

      You are absolutely right! We always have to say something, dont we?

  3. Rohini June 10, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    Ha ha! So true. But I guess if you take away the predictable questions, it makes polite conversation that much harder.

    • ashwinideo June 10, 2009 at 11:43 am #

      Yup, politically correct conversation!

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