safia Khan, (at 11:44AM Sunday 25th of November 2007, GMT)
Maryam in response to your comment about raising children in the west, keeping ones language alive is a huge challenge. I remember my mother spending an inordinate amount of time teaching us URDU. Her language was very precious to her. Yes, as youngsters we also tended to respond in English but understood her well. Later growing up we began to talk in Urdu, the seeds had been sown by her.Returning often to the homeland is very helpfull.Those that can do that are very lucky One of my biggest challenges has been to teach ‘respect’ as we know it.I have been fairly successfull in this regard and I am often greeted with “Adab Mum”! That gives me so much pleasure.