Amma, I have learnt a lot after I began working for you, said my maid while going about her chores.
That’s nice to hear, I said. Tell me what have you learnt? I asked.
I learnt to talk softly and not to interrupt when you are you talking on the phone, she said.
I am happy about that, I said.
What else? I asked.
Not to discuss my family problems with everyone, because you said no good will come out of it, she said .
That’s wise on your part, I said though I took her word with a pinch of salt.
Anything else? I asked.
Now, amma, I can understand a little of your language also, she said sounding very proud. The other day you were telling ayya that you were going to buy a new set of curtains for the house , am I right? She asked as a proof of her understanding the language we spoke.
I was totally taken aback at what she said and didn’t know how to react!