our maid/cleaner/homehelp is away at the moment, she’s gone home to Kerala as her brother has expired. Expired? I really find this way that many indians describe someone dying as quite strange. “My uncle expired in the weekend” – did he pass his use by date? was he left sitting in the sun for too long? I get this image of someone walking along the steet, the clock striking a particular time and that person suddenly collapsing. That’s it, he’s expired.. no more life left in him..