I am essentially a private person and nothing gets my goat like people asking extremely prying questions.. I have cribbed about this in my blog several times over.. The other day I was talking to someone and she too couldn’t fathom why most of us feel it is our prerogative to know what is going on in everyone’s lives. She seemed peeved about a particularly intrusive neighbour. I could understand every bit of her dilemma because every time I see someone who isn’t meant to prying into my life…I cringe ( only in my head) and just shut off mentally. When people ask questions like what is your salary ? how much does your husband earn ? When do you plan to have kids ? The first thing that pops in my head is how does affect your life ? Usually it isn’t close friends but acquaintances and extended family members who think it is their birth right to be every bit of the nosy parkers they are !! Most of the time such people intrude into our lives in a rather well-meaning way, wanting to play a well-wisher or show concern.. but they seldom realize their unsolicited concern is only causing discomfort on the other side.. Why can we just let people be and not ask them questions we shouldn’t ? Perhaps as a society we’ve always been very community oriented and that is where all this stems from.. but with times changing it will help if we learnt to give the individual some breathing space..