Mom: So do you like him?
Mom; You know, the boy, the one who’s parents e-mailed pictures and horoscope
Mom: He looks good
Me: Yes he does
Mom: Is that a “Yes” yes?
Me: What do you mean a “Yes” yes?
Mom: I mean, can I say okay to his parents?
Me: Okay to what?
Mom: To marriage
Me: Who is getting married to him?
Mom: You are
Me: I barely remember his face
Mom: Well, you will have lots of time after you get married to remember his face
Me: Ha ha, you are funny
Mom: I was not joking. Okay I give time till tomorrow, decide and tell me.
Me: Isn’t a day too long a duration for me to decide whether I want to spend the rest of my life with a stranger whose face I can barely remember?
Mom: Don’t act smart
Mom: So what have you decided. You like him?
Me: Well I tried making conversation to his picture, but he is too tongue tied I guess
Mom: Don’t act smart. You like him?
Mom: What do you mean “No”? This is the fifth guy I have seen for you. Do you realize the amount of pressure I am under?
Me: Oh, you are under pressure eh?
Mom: Don’t act smart. It is just the fact that you earn so much that is making you arrogant
Me: Eh, I don’t earn that much
Mom: Well atleast you are earning, what if you didn’t have a job? You would have said yes to the first guy we saw
Me: What are you talking about?
Mom: Well, I think your arrogance also comes from the fact that you are more educated than me
Me: Eh, no. You and I have the same undergraduate degrees
Mom: Whatever, don’t talk back
Me: I wasn’t
Mom: There you go, after all that I have done for you, I was more like a friend to you than a mother
Me: Yes Mom, that’s why I love you so much
Mom: If you love me so much, why are you not agreeing to marriage?
Me: What does that got to do with anything?
Mom: Don’t act smart…
….. multiply that by 2, again multiply by 7 and then 4 and then 12. Add about 112 for the weekends that I am at home. That is the number of times that we have the same conversation every year.