Mamma, how are you? Greeted my grandson who had just arrived from the U.S.
What a pleasant surprise, I said looking at the youngster who appeared to have had a complete makeover from the last time I had seen him.
I just arrived, checked into the five star hotel last night and was eager to meet you first thing in the morning.
I scrutinized him from top to bottom and strangely there was no sign of any jet lag whatsoever , infact he looked not only smart but fresh as well.
How are things out there? You seemed to have adhered to the saying, Be a Roman in Rome, I said with a critical look at his faded jeans and tucked in tee shirt which made his paunch protrude even more.
Have you forgotten to address me as grandma?
No mamma, you look so young and I feel you can pass off as my mother, he said and knowing him I didn’t take his compliment at face value.
Now let me come to brass tacks mamma, he said turning serious.
Not knowing what to expect I said, what is it about? Are you planning to marry an American girl?
Well, You are right, he confirmed.
What else? I said.
I have decided to live permanently in my wife’s part of the world and give up my Indian citizenship, He informed.
Now you shock me, I exclaimed. But don’t you have all the property you are going to inherit from your father ? I said quite taken aback at his declaration.
Comeon mamma, I am not such a fool as the Housing CEO WHO HAS GIVEN AWAY HIS STAKE in the company JUST LIKE THAT , he clarified.
But what will you do with your property here when you are planning to give up your Indian citizenship? I said flabbergasted.
Don’t worry mamma, I made plans to retain the property I would be inheriting, he asserted.
I was at a loss to comprehend what he meant by that statement of his!