We learned about her more, and basically there was a teachers' class going on upstairs which was being conducted by this Maulana .. and he was the one who made her recite the kalma, and she repeated after him. The best bit was that he said very clearly beforehand, that when somebody accepts Islam, there isn't supposed to be any fanfare, and not something of a special event. But today, since there was a class already going on, with a nice crowd present, and this was a happy occasion, the lady had been called :)
She looked such a sweet, simple lady. We learned later, that her brother had accepted Islam, and married a Muslim lady (a long time back), and she had learned about this deen from her brother and sister-in-law only. Furthermore (something that made me stop short for a while and stare), she is married with 2 or 3 kids (husband hasn't converted). So under Islamic law, when a woman converts to Islam, and the husband doesn't, the nikkah gets over :S And knowing this, she took this hugely bold step!!
Alhamdulillah...if we think about that for a second, we will realise at one that what she did was NOT easy! (I do so hope she gets to keep her children, OR her husband also accepts Islam )...How taken for granted our "musalmaaniat" is :S.. one should really reflect on that.
As a teacher put very aptly "Hum asli nahi, nasli musalmaan hain" (we're not real muslims, we're just born muslims)
May Allah Guide us all Ameen. I would like to read this book waisay.... looks interesting.