The average middle class Indian looks at things only from an economic point of view. The idea of a good life is to graduate, get a good job, a wife, two kids and a nice house in the suburbs.
He looks a lot at other families like ours. So he will tell me so-and-so also lives with his/her mum. He is quite intuitive about this sort of family structure. All his friends except for one live with both the parents. I think what he is doing is affirming that we are normal too, and there are other people like us too.
We found out my wife has cancer fifteen days after the child was born. I can’t tell you how this impacted us back then. I wasn’t able to sleep in the nights. Initially I hadn’t informed my family. Only my wife and I knew.