answers to some FAQs addressed to me in the past few months... by random people. when friends ask these questions, it's okay, they can ask me anything. when random people who are barely acquainted with me ask these, it's just being nosy. *the replies have been edited to seem polite.*
Q: y don't u have kids? u're anyway not working.
A: unemployment is a VERY good reason to not want kids.
Q: are u going to have a baby? *quoted from an orkut scrap i recd.*
A: no. do i look pregnant to u?? *actual reply to scrap*
Q: why don't you want to live in the US?
A: i really do want to. but i don't think they *the forces that be* want me to live here.
Q: why don't u like kids?
A: of course i like kids. i don't understand how to behave with them, tho. i do prefer getting to know them before i agree to touch them, pick them up or play with them. also, i may drop the child *accidentally, not intentionally* and only YOU will be responsible for any resulting damage. u cud check with suruchi - i love advika! she even let me pick her up a couple of times.
Q: were u being sarcy?
A: if u need to ask that question... u probably don't deserve to know. :P
Q: PhD? he must be a nerd/geek? how come u married him?
A: well, better him than u! and FYI - everybody attempting to do their PhD is not a nerd/geek.
Q: do u miss being single?
A: no. life hasn't changed THAT much, u know. i'm still as crazy as then.
Q: do you have to wear salwar kameezes now that u're married?
A: u watch too many bollywood flicks. where the skimpily clad heroine starts wearing sarees/salwar kurtas the moment she gets hooked. real life, sorry to disappoint u, differs. i still wear what i used to wear then. of course, not literally.
Q: do u like not working?
A: i would like to work, yes. am i unhappy not working... definitely not!
Q: why are u upset if a job doesn't work out, then?
A: complicated. let me just say, when i work towards something and don't get d results, bcoz of some trivial paperwork issues, i get upset. momentarily.
Q: why have u gained so much weight?! *asked to me on orkut by someone who used to work with me long ago*
A: lack of stress. working with people like u caused me a lot of intellectual & emotional trauma. and btw, have u seen a mirror recently? *i've gained abt 10 pounds since coming here. but i'm perfectly happy with my weight.*
Q: when will V graduate?
A: inshallah, this year. if u want the exact dates & stuff, u'll have to speak to his advisors. no, pls don't speak to him.
Q: why do u want a tattoo? it won't suit u.
A: HELLO? WHO the F*%# do u think u are to decide that for me??? i think i can decide what "suits" me. if u have a logical argument, pls put it across.
if u have any additions to make to this list, in terms of questions that annoy u, pls leave them in the comments....