Tuesday, 8 September, 2009

When the cat is away…

“Is your wife here in Grenoble?” “No, I came alone.” “Oh, when the cat is away the mice will play.” Thus went a conversation with a Australian classmate with whom I had just become acquainted.

A few quick observations:

  • It’s not considered impolite and presumptuous to suggest adultery… but talk about anything else under the sun and you’re a nosy Indian.
  • The belief is that while men will sin, our women won’t. Women here are another matter: They won’t think twice before ‘playing’ with someone else’s husband. 
  • Almost all my male acquaintances in India had the same suspicion as my Australian friend; not one of the ladies said anything of that sort. 

I wonder, I wonder.

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