Some Bizarre Conversations

Well, I just got back from a 5 day holiday in Bali – it was great and most of all the people were great…

Balinese people are somewhat in awe of Indian Hindus – they consider India to be the mother country…One day, we hired a car to go sight seeing…The driver, like all Balinese, loved chatting…The following is a conversation he had with my husband…

Driver: So, Mr. A, do you have only one daughter?

Husband: Yes

Driver: Do you have more wives or are you planning to get more wives?

Husband: W-what? Why? No…One is more than enough for me

Driver: Well, you don’t have a son and a man needs a son to carry on his name…In Bali, if we don’t have children or sons with our first wife, we marry again and again till we have at least one son…It’s a Hindu custom here…I thought it was the same in India

Husband: It may have been at some point but now it is illegal to have more than one wife at a time…I’m very happy that I have a daughter and don’t crave for a son…In fact, my brother also has one daughter so our family name will die with us

Driver: W-what? And you don’t care?

Husband: Nope, not one bit

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This may be politically incorrect, but at times I’m embarrassed to be an Indian…On the flight back from Bali, I overheard an Indian lady talking to the steward

Lady: Since my son didn’t eat his food, can you pack it for us?

Steward: Well, Madam, we don’t usually pack the main meal…You are most welcome to take the fruit drink and cookies

Lady: But, we paid for his food so we have the right to take it with us

Steward: I understand, but we don’t pack left overs

Lady (loudly): If you don’t pack, I’ll complain to your superiors

This went on for some time and finally, the steward prevailed…

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9 thoughts on “Some Bizarre Conversations

  1. Bali?? Bones – can I first say that I am envious?

    Ok, now that out of the way, can comment 🙂

    Your first story – yes, totally get this. I have seen that Hindus from other countries, and esp. descendants of Indians who migrated many generations will hold on to beliefs/customs that have long passed in the mother country; just as I see that Indian Americans are often stricter about making the kid learn Indian dance/music/shlokas whatever compared to Indians in India. I guess the fear of losing one’s culture makes you hold on to it more tightly, whereas living in India, you don’t consciously think of these things as much.

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  2. This is what they feel in Bali. But, have you faced a similar situation back home?I doubt. I think we have gone beyond this. In my opinion, daughters are more attached to the parents than the sons, daughters are becoming more economically independent.

    Me: In India too, most families want sons but thankfully, having multiple wives is not so common these days although in rural areas, people still do…

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  3. Holiday in Bali ???? WOW !!! 🙂

    What a hindu custom is that – to keep marrying till they get a son !!!! Even after marrying forever, if they dont get a son – its the problem with the man’s chromosomes – how many times will he marry – ridiculous !!!

    Good answer by ur husband !!!

    We Indians na – sometimes are too much to handle – what will she do with the packed lunch in an aircraft ???? Silly….

    Me: I didn’t open my mouth that day even though I desperately wanted to but exactly my thoughts…The guy kept on repeating that their’s was a patrilineal society and sons were important etc. …He unfortunately had a daughter and son and so couldn’t marry again…My husband was very interested in knowing how they managed to feed and house everybody and keep the wives happy…

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  4. Loved your husband’s response!!
    Nope, not one bit 😆

    They need to hear such answers 🙂

    And the other one – it takes all kind. I am amazed the steward prevailed, I expected her to win this all-important battle.

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  5. Haven’t people realized where the “X” chromosome comes from by now?

    I think if men need a son so badly, they should arrange to get the “Y” chromosomes into their wives some other way 😀

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