It was a usual girl’s night out, clubbing at a posh restaurant, chatting and drinking our regular not-so-soft drinks, when one of us got upset. She was tired of her nosy aunt, who has been trying to fix a match for her widowed father (a father of two young daughters). She had been constantly asking him to reconsider his decision of not marrying again. Somewhere, her father was convinced too, he had secretly asked his sister to look for alliances. That is when the daughters heard him and got upset.
Everybody offered their two bits, while I heard her calmly. Finally, I asked her, ‘What is so wrong in that? He does not want to live his old age alone, he is seeking a companion, why are you against it?’ Everyone looked at me, compelling me to go on, ‘We are the biggest hypocrites, this young generation, we tell our parents to let us live our lives the way we want to, we don’t want any interferences from them, but we want to control their lives, and make them live as per our convenience. If we have the right to live as we want to, so do our parents.’
After a stunned silence, someone finally said, ‘You’re right’ and smiled.