During daughter’s last week in school in Leeds, she came home and said, ‘Amma, you need to tell me what swear words are’.
Me: ‘Swear words are bad words, that we should not use.’
Daughter: ‘I know that! I want to know some swear words so that I can recognize them when some one uses them’.
Me: ‘But for that I will have to tell you the words, that means, I will have to say bad words, isn’t it? That won’t be right, will it?’
Daughter: ‘Hmmm. You know, there is a song which has swear words’.
Me, Flabbergasted,’ Which one, and how do you know!’
Daughter: J(a British Asian Classmate of hers), was humming- Sheela Sheela Shaani, and A( another British Asian classmate of hers) told me that that song is a bad, bad song, and has loads of swear words’!
Apparently J goes to Bollywood dance lessons and learnt the song from there.
On a different note, Daughter is happy in her new school – so far, fingers-crossed. The only thing that puzzles her a bit is the fact that all the children have ‘strange names’