My mother was a housewife. Not a 'homemaker' but a wife who stayed at home. The mom part went without saying, though I'm sure I said it a lot anyway. It was “Maa! Maa! Maa!” for me constantly until I turned 6 and went to school for the first time. She defined my world in every possible way.
when I was around two. It was known as Kolkata, India
back then. As the oldest son, my father had the responsibility of supporting a
large extended family in the traditional Indian way. A young electrical
engineer in state employ had only so far to go in the early '70s though and Calcutta East Africa needed electrification.