in our household. The DH is off to the motherland for a sabbatical. He calls regularly and Skypes too since this is the longest he has traveled without us.
The other day he called and DD picked up the phone. The conversation unfolded as follows
DD: Who’s this? (She did not recognize the voice of the caller)
Caller: Rishtey mein to hum tumhaare baap hote hain, naam hai DH.” *
DD was even more confused. Fortunately the speaker was on so I explained to her that it was the DH calling.
DD: (realization dawning, finally) Oh, so it is Buddha hoga mera baap **
On the same call when I spoke to DH I let him know that in his absence I was involved in a couple of tiny accidents. I fell down the stairs in our house and one side of my left leg was completely black and blue and then the next day I fell in the garage when i was trying to get my boots on.
If I expected sympathy, I was sadly mistaken. The DH guffawed loudly and said “Meera, tum giri huyi aurat ho.” ***
*For non Hindi speakers, the first dialog is from a very popular Bollywood movie circa 1980. It is how the protagonist introduces himself to the baddies. Roughly translated it means “I am your daddy, you %^*^$ and I am here to teach you a lesson. Here is the original.
**The DH has been complaining of old age and creaky bones for some time now. DD understands enough Hindi to figure out that the title of the movie “Buddha hoga tera baap” means “Your dad is the old one” She replaced the tera (yours) for mera (mine). So her response was “Oh, it is my dad, the oldie.” In reality the phrase “Buddha Hoga tera baap” is a popular response when exchanging insults or when one wants to respond to cracks made about one’s old age.
*** In Hindi the word “girna” means falling down and the phrase “giri huyi aurat” is used to connote “fallen woman” or “scarlet woman”. Since we were conversing in Hindi, the DH promptly created a pun and needless to say was very pleased with his sense of humor.