On her son named Nirvaan:
Yes. After all we are the inheritors of Gandhara, which ironically is in the Taliban’s hands now. People like us in our generation seem to be turning away from Arabic and Persian to Punjabi names, looking afresh at identity. My younger son is named Sarang, common in Punjab and Maharashtra. Nirvaan wanted to name him Rahul after a Shah Rukh Khan character! I named my niece Neha. Last year a Sikh friend from Delhi called us, “I want to name my grandson Nirvaan. Do I have your consent?”.... One of our boys is engaged to a Delhi girl who participated in the Indo-Pakistan theatre festival. Going to Islamabad to process the group’s travel documents is tedious but he readily agrees, declaring, “Mujhe wahan India ki khushboo aati hai” (I can smell the fragrance of India there).
This is what happens when youngsters come together in any society. There has been an opening up in recent years. An Indian diplomat jokingly remarked that the emphasis should shift from people-to-people contact, to intimate people-to-people contact! Jokes aside, this is a natural culmination of contact between India and Pakistan.