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?
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
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…