Chinese Sati Savitri in San Francisco!
On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was strolling around China town and saw a sight which reminded me of the countless stories of ''Pati-vra-te's'' i.e. Sati Savitri type women my grandmother told me about when I was a kid.
I saw an old man, who seemed to be Chinese and about 70 years old, walking up a steep road, with his arms clasped behind his back. Two plastic tubes were running from his nostrils to somewhere behind him. My eyes followed the tubes running from his nose to .......a bag slung on an old lady's shoulders...she was walking slowly behind him with the aid of a cane. I assume she was his wife ; she was lugging his oxygen container in a shoulder bag and following him!
I asked my husband if he would lug my oxygen tank if the need arises when I turned old. Just as expected, he laughingly refused and said, “No way! I will put you in an old age home and run away with a young lady”.