It was my mil’s dream to travel abroad, travel in a plane and see the glorious sights that ambujam mami (nanganallur koil fame) described after going to “foreign”.
MIL loves it here in Malaysia — no power cuts, no water disruption and railway stations that look like “deva lokam” (the land of the devas).
She will leave in a couple of weeks, and she wants to be doubly sure that she has visited “foreign”
MIL: Is Malaysia “foreign? ”
Me: er yes, amma.
MIL: But it’s only three hours away from India… how about Dubai then? Is that foreign?
Me: Er yes.
MIL: I thought only America was “foreign”, are you sure?
Me: Yes, amma.
P.S. I don’t think I’ll tell her that India is a “foreign country” from a Malaysian perspective. Even if I do, she won’t believe me.