I did try to handle it as best as I could even though she came out with her BS. I could have easily have refuted her statements.But the thing is I did not go to argue and try and disprove other faiths. That is something that we don't really do.
It's more about focusing on the good aspects of Sikhi and raising awareness of the faith. But she took it as if I am trying to convert others which is wrong. Sikhism is only about teaching. If people want to convert off their own volition that is up to them.
But it's comments like hers that just p1ss you off. I do feel a bit guilty as now I feel I should have said something back instead of just brushing of her comment. I should have really confronted her and told her that is narrow minded ignorant belief she has.
She was a little specky woman that obviously come from the black Americanised christian denominations.
As for jot, my mom started using one at some stage when she did her nitnem, she had some tiny brass receptacle that looked like an open, small genie lamp, which she'd fill with melted ghee and use with a cotton wick (it had a curious aroma for us younguns). Historically I reckon a lot of it was probably down to lighting back home in the pre-bijlee age?