These days I am home, enjoying a much needed break from work. The luxury is nearing an end as I am at the fag end of my week long holiday. I had a great time, except for two questions which invariably popped up whenever I met anyone....the universal nature of these questions really shocked me...across caste,age,SEC levels and whatever other divisional parameter one can think of....anyone and everyone had to throw these questions at me...even friends whom I thought was above this nonsense... So what were these questions?
1. When are you shifting permanently to your hometown?
(Origin of question: Me and hubby are presently in two different cities at an average distance of Rs2000 one way by Air Deccan)
2. When are you planning to have kids?
What irritates me more is, no one asks my hubby whether he wishes to shift to my base location, instead of me joining him !!! and the latter question is never addressed at him though both parties I guess contribute equally to the process....
Well, the only hilarious part of this oft repeated drama was when our mutual friend popped this question at me...I was already at my wits end and told him "Go ask my hubby" (Well, at least with friends you have that luxury) Our smart friend quickly realised that it was a question which was unwelcome...I confessed to him that I really didn't know how to answer this question in such a way as to avoid explaining in detail about why we are not ready for a kid yet and then running the risk of further sermons on biological clocks, necessity of kids in the family structure, work-life balance and so on...
And that's when he came up with this amazing response "Next time, anyone asks you this question, just give them a really sweet smile and tell them 'Well, my husband has been trying really hard, but so far he's been unsuccessful' "