Monthly Archives: May 2010

Found in Translation

First I practise my mother tongue activism on my kids by speaking to them only in Hindustani. Then, everytime I lose it properly, which sometimes I do, I raise my voice and fire in rat-a-tat English:“What’s with this ridiculous deprived … Continue reading

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Sometimes I say grandmother when I refer to her

My mum-in-law reminds me of my Nani. My mother’s Mother. Mataji, her children called her.  Nani was from Lahore, now in Pakistan. Ammi is from Jaunpur in UP, India All this helps. Somehow.The pieces come together. Life makes sense. We … Continue reading

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Ask me who I am

My parents are Hindus, my children Muslims. My teacher is a Jesuit priest. Do you want to know me?

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