My son is getting married in USA. To a girl from Germany.
An Indian marrying a German in the American soil. How the world has shrunk!
Every time we broached the subject of marriage, he would brush aside all talk about it by saying, “Too early and still time enough for that.”
After my husband died, I asked him to settle down and get married. Then he told me that he wanted to marry this Amelia or Camellia (I forget the name) who was his colleague.
I am a simple Indian woman and I had wanted a nice Indian Bahu (Daughter-in-law) with whom I can relate to. I made the usual protests.
Me: “She will not suit you.”
My Son: “Oh yes, she will. She reminds me so much of you.”
Me: “She will not make a good homemaker. She cannot cook or maintain a house.”
Me: “I wanted many children but had only you. I want many grand children.”
My son: “She wants to have many children too.”
Me: “I am such a religious person. She is probably an atheist.”
My Son: “She makes me take her to all the Indian temples here.”
I ran out of protests. My son concluded by saying:
“Mom, I fell in love with her because she reminds me so much of you!”
So my son is getting married and I am flying to America next month.
My son made me talk on the phone to this girl, who reminded him so much of me. So we talked but not much.
She said: “I want an elephant and a monkey.”
I hope she meant an elephant and a monkey replica and not the real thing.
Air India will not allow it.
My bags are packed. I bought a lovely carving of an elephant in wood, polished to dazzling brightness.
A nice big disappointed She-Monkey from India who according to my son reminds him so much of her!
Or is it Vice versa?
Story By : C. Amma – Written By : Gulsum Basheer @talkalittledo
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