You seem to have overslept this morning, said my husband even as he was having his coffee.
Well, I stayed up late last night to have a glimpse at the Royal Baby on TV, I said.
Was Kate’s mother carrying the baby? He asked.
I shook my head.
Then was it any of her aunts who had the baby in her arms? He wanted to know.
Again I shook my head.
Then was it one of the nurses in the hospital? he said.
No, again but it was a blood relation who had the baby in her arms, I replied.
I presume she was Kate’s sister, he said appearing very sure of himself.
Well I don’t know if Kate has a sister or not but certainly William hasn’t one. Anyway enough of your guessing. You know Kate Middleton herself was carrying the baby on one arm and waving to the crowd with the other, I said .A little later she gave her bundle of joy to her husband who carried the day old baby with equal dexterity which I found amazing, I said.
I don’t find that amazing at all because he too would have been trained in handling a baby prior to its arrival. I am just wondering about the contrast in our two cultures and practices, he observed.
Like what? I asked.
First of all, once the baby is born, the child and its mother are literally quarantined the first few days to avoid the risk of the baby contacting an infection and the sentimental do so to avoid the evil eye. You remember when the whole world waited with bated breath to have a glimpse of Aishwarya Rai’s baby, they had to wait for months? he said.
Oh, yes. I do. But don’t you think there is something common in both which attracts people? In one we find it’s a baby belonging to the Royal family and in the other it’s that of a Celebrity, I quipped.
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