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Being a new mother I dreamt of becoming a free mother after my child gets completely potty trained,but someone reminded me that a mom is always a mom.
My mom is a simple lady who balanced household chores and her career with such finesse. So what if she could cook a delicious meal and achieve a PHD in economics,she is a mom. My conversations with her.....
Me at 5 : Amma that doll is so pretty. Even she has it. Please Amma...please please please Amma...Ammma..
Amma: We will think about it in the vacation.
Amma probably thought: I wish I had a tape...when will she grow up!
Me at 8 : Amma you keep asking me to study. I want to play.
Amma : Just finish this chapter and you can run outside.
Amma probably thought: Do you think I am enjoying going through verbs and adverbs all over again? I wish I could watch TV.
Me at 10 : Amma why can't you be sweeter. Her mom speaks so sweetly to us.
Amma : Silence
Amma probably thought: Let me first get a hang of gender in Hindi.
Me at 13 : Amma I told you I am coming in 5 minutes for lunch. Why did you call me sternly in front of my friends?!
Amma : Just finish your lunch. Its late.
Amma probably thought : I know what your 5 minutes mean. When will I wind up the kitchen and take a nap!
Me at 15 : AMMA HE IS JUST A FRIEND...WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND!!!
Amma : Sweetheart I understand. Everyone won't.
Amma probably thought : This is teenage and I've to protect you.
Me at 16: NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME!!!!I WANT TO GO TO A HOSTEL...
Appa : Why can't you both stop fighting!
Amma : Finish your 12th, then you can.
Amma probably thought : These hormones!!!
First day of hostel
Me : Tears
Amma : Tears
Me at 20 : Amma why don't you wear cotton sarees often. You should also wear salwar kameez more. Try this lipstick.
Amma : I will someday.
Amma probably thought : I am what I am. Can't change. But I appreciate you dressing up.
Me at 23 : I love him and will marry him.
Amma thought and said : Take your time. Don't rush. Things will fall in place.
Me immediately after marriage : ( On phone ) Amma tell me again what do I have grind for that masala.
Amma : ( At work ) Excuse me everyone... ( whispers ) coconut, jeera and chilly...sorry everyone.
Amma probably thought : What a timing!!!
Me post marriage : Yes Amma...Yes Amma...how many times will you ask the same question!
Amma : okok
Me : When will you come next? When will you come next?
Amma : Soon dear.
Amma probably thought : Natraj, she won't let us enjoy our retired romantic rocking life.
And the conversations will continue eternally...
So ladies whatever you are...a homemaker, a doctor or a teacher, if you are a mom be ready to be scrutinized at every step.