My mom is horrified, "You let her go where?"
IHM: "Err it's okay, she will be fine ..."
My Mom: She didn't listen to you? Give me her mobile number. Let me speak to her ...
IHM: "Ma, I have seen the place, and I liked the design she chose ..."
My Mom: 'Tattoo is same thing that our bai has on her arm? Oh! It must be one of those stick-on things?"
IHM: "Err no actually it is the permanent kinds. But don't worry, she is a sensible girl ... I have considered all these things. And so has she. It's her arm ma ;)"
My Mom: "You allowed her to get a permanent tattoo! "
IHM: "Maa I had bigger concerns, the place is hygienic, and they use disposable needles ..."
My Mom: "You give the phone to your your Lord and Master!"
IHM: He isn't home :)
My Mom: Son is home?
IHM: Son?? Yeah ...
So I give the phone to Son, who had been busy with his home work.
This is what I hear (He isn't too comfortable with Hindi.)
"Yeah but Nani times have changed, zamana abhi badal gaya hai nani !"
"Nani but she is .. err woh aaj ke zamane ki ladki hai! "
"But it's her hand nani, she likes it, and all our friends also have tattoos ..."
" ....no she can't jump in a well if they do but err ... it's a very common thing these days, now times have changed a lot ... "
"Me? No? I have not thought about getting one for myself Nani... err Thank You Nani :D"
"...but actually it is not considered a bad thing these days, your time was very different ... now we have modern technology."
"Yes Nani you are also modern."
"Okay Nani. Er but nani, .. err but if your daughter wanted a tattoo what would you have said?"
"Oh!..... Yes Nani."
" But actually Mamma is also planning to get one."
"Nani wants to speak to you."
The phone is handed back to me.