I always thought it a good thing that my parents don’t know what I do. Sure, they know where I work, but since I’m in finance and they’re in Geology and Endocrinology respectively, the last thing they want to know is anything related to finance. In fact, after spending a tiresome amount of time explaining my job to them, I finally gave in and stopped correcting them when they tell people I do something related to the stock exchange. I mean, not like the people who ask know the difference… well, at least most of the time.
Of course it’s just my luck that the only people to know anything about it would be my in-laws.
A conversation with the Masters in Chemistry FMIL went something like this…
FMIL: So, you work in the securities market?
I sit up a bit straighter because when have you heard someone not in finance throwing the word ‘securities’ around?
Me: No, I’m not directly in that, I’m more into fund management.
FMIL disappointed: Oh, well, so, what do you think about the KSE-100 index dropping more than 200 points today?
Me: I don’t know Aunty, I haven’t checked it out in ages… been busy with work.
FMIL: Oh, okay. You know xyz stock fell this much today? And I wanted to sell….*insert details which I listened to with growing horror because God she can speak the lingo!* ‘So,’ she adds, ‘ I also have some shares of what’s that company again? Pipelines or something, can’t remember the name… what was it?’
Me: ‘Aunty, I don’t really know. I’ve been out of touch with this stuff for a while.’
FMIL: ‘You know when the Stock Exchange closes at ….. oh, what time does it close at?’
FMIL simultaneously ‘3:00?’
Me: getting more and more uncomfortable ‘I’ve really been out of touch with the stock exchange Aunty, I’m not sure.’
FMIL: ‘No problem, beta. How is work going, then?’
There are no prizes for guessing whether the exchange closes at 2:15 or 3:00.
Itinerary for one week before the wedding:
a) Book a facial at the salon: Check
b) Book for crash course with one of the stock market experts at my workplace: Check
What of the bahu (Daughter-in-Law) who has a Masters in Finance and doesn’t even know what time the stock market closes these days. Pfft.