Black & Teal1:01 AM
Yesterday I decided to go back to my old gym. I hadn't gone there in a long time, simply 'coz I we moved houses and I took up new activities, but that's for another post. Here's the conversation I had with an Indian
Aunty lady I met for the first time.
When I entered the studio, there was just the two of us at the moment:
Lady: I have not seen you here before.
Me: Ya, I usually go to the other location, at xyz.
Lady: Ah! I go there too, I haven't seen you there either.
Me: Hmmm ... must be the different timings then.
Me: Yes! *with.a.smile*
Me: No! *blank.face*
Me: No! *not.interested.in.this.conversation.anymore.face*
Me: Just Indian, from India. *with.a.smile.again*
Lady: By the way my name is (let's call her ->) Lmnop.
Me: Nice to meet you, I am Tanvi.
Lady: I just went to Bangalore. Met so many Indians there.
Me: (duhh!) That's nice. *with.a.smile*
Lady: I went to India after 28 years.
Me: Wow, that's a long time.
Me: No! *are.we.still.on.the.same.topic.?.!.?*
Lady: But Hindu? Sikh? Christian? or?
Me: *she.has.got.to.be.kidding.me* Hindu.*sigh!*
Lady: *with a satisfaction of getting some answer from me* I met a Punjabi couple when I went to India, their daughter's name was also Tanvi. That's why your name sounds familiar.
Me: *don't.know.what.to.say.slash.I.don't.care* Hmmmm *with.a.smile*
Lady: So you go to college here?
Me: No, I am married. *with.a.smile.after.all.she.thought.I.was.in.college*
Me: *here.we.go.again* No. *with.a.stern.face*
Lady: Oh! How long have you been married?
Me: *somebody.save.me* For almost 5 years.
Lady: How long have you been in U.S.?
Me: For almost 5 years.
Lady: So, right after your marriage.
Me: *when.will.this.interrogation.get.over* Yes!
Lady: All the while in San Antonio?
Me: No, we stayed in Austin for little over a year.
Lady: What does your husband do?
Me: He is a scientist. *and.he.ought.to.invent.a.magic.potion.to.make.people.disappear*
Lady: *moving.closer.towards.me* What does he research about?
Me: *I.take.two.steps.back* His research is about yada yada yada
Lady: *starts.her.long.monologue* My husband is a physician, he would understand your husband's work much more [*no.sh--*]. When my husband finished his degree, he too did his research in yada yada yada. My parents are originally from Bombay but when I was born they moved to Hyderabad. So me and my younger sibling are brought up there. We are 4 brothers and sister. Then we all moved to Houston and I did my higher studies here. When I got married I moved to San Antonio and now we have been here for 18 years. That's as long as my eldest son's age. He is 18 years old. *Pause* Do you have any family or brothers and sisters here?
Me: *waking.up.from.my.sleep* No. Its just me and my husband.