Monday, July 10, 2006

In-law, in line? 2

These days I wonder why you said yes. Why you agreed to marry me.
I've not been wondering for long, just since your mother took up telling me how indebted I must be to her. She said she convinced you to drop your old lover and marry me. Was her name Lakshmi? Your mother said she was like the Goddess Lakshmi, only not as wealthy.
"Poor Lakshmi," she accuses me five times a day, "She was a beauty."
Your mother, Raghu, makes me wonder.

x

8 Comments:

Blogger Sriram said...

Nice line. You do have a gift with words.

12:13 am

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great new series!
Am waiting for the next instalment!
Shelob

12:39 am

 
Blogger SamY said...

wonder if it was the mother who signed the agreement or the guy :-?

never ask another women if u luk beautiful ;) ... tats a guyz forte

8:19 am

 
Blogger hari said...

Hi Ramya,

First of all let me second Sriram's comments.

You have indeed started a great serial post out here, may well end up becoming a mega serial.

Sometimes I wonder that the biggest opposition for the women’s fight for equality, freedom and recognition comes from their own gender, either from a powerful Mother-in-law or an economically independent Daughter-in-law or a self-made female boss.

I am not exonerating man of his evils or want to create any gender war, but in many of the cases of harassment of woman today, the role of a man is merely that of a puppet dancing to the tune of his mother or wife, as the case may be.

You may give the name of opportunist, greediness, incompetent or more generously a victim of compassion, to this role-playing act of a man. But if you take a sample of cases of harassment of women, the percentage of cases not involving a female perpetrator in it would be very negligible.

2:57 pm

 
Blogger None said...

sriram,

merci! how's the new job? and the car?!

shelob,

:) i dunno about a series, though! it's just off the cuff...

SaMy,

Why would you ask a man if he was beautiful?! :))

Hari,

there are both sides to the story. generally i give the woman the benefit of doubt, and why should'nt i. but this is not a generalisation... just one incident...

cheers!
r

6:20 pm

 
Blogger Inder said...

good one!

according to me, the mother-in-law is:
1. insensitive enough to make her son dump lakshmi
2. sensitive enough to feel sorry for lakshmi
3. naive enough to inform her daughter-in-law about lakshmi
4. stupid enough to expect the daughter-in-law to feel indebted to her

7:32 pm

 
Blogger Imsai Iyer the 1st said...

is this raghu, ur husband????

10:55 pm

 
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

yay! Its a series now!

*beam*

7:06 pm

 

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