I’m getting together with some of my foreigner friends — who also have Indian husbands — for a girl’s night tonight. One of them is hosting it in her apartment, and we’re all to bring a plate of something to eat.
I told my husband about it. His response was, “You’re going to a kitty party?!”. I was just as dismayed. What was he talking about?
A kitty party, I soon learned, is a popular form of entertainment for housewives in India. They gather in large groups at someone’s home, bring food, gossip (often not in a positive way), and play games.
The foreigner’s version of a kitty party is a little different. There aren’t any games. We’ll have a few glasses of wine or something else, and talk about life in general. No doubt, there will be discussions about how we’re finding life in Mumbai, and how we ended up here. It’s a good opportunity for us to learn more about the city, and get useful tips from others who are in the same situation.
Of course, it also gives us the opportunity to feel a little bit “normal” in this sometimes strange place.