We become like our mothers, they say

The year is 1978.Guwahati, Assam, India.

A young woman of 28 is trudging up the steps to her house ( i had counted the number, but I forget now how many were there). On both her hands are two large plastic bags full of groceries. An assorted variety of things needed for her household, including the vegetables and fruits. And at the top, the brown paper bag from the baker with the stains of the vanaspati showing through. Biscuits for her kids.In  the middle of her hundreds of chores, after feeding and sending off the kids and her husband to school and office, then getting ready and going to her own school where she taught, then doing the groceries – she had not forgotten to pick up the biscuits her daughter liked.

The year is 2010. Hyderabad, AP, India.

A youngish woman of 34 trudges up the three floors to her apartment, two bags of groceries straining against her hands. On her way back from the school where she had volunteered to teach English, she had stopped at the grocery store to pick up the household stuff. She’d also packed off her kid to school and dropped her off in the morning. In her grocery bag are the essentials for the house, and one packet of lemon juice for her daughter. She too has not forgotten, in the midst of all her other chores.

They say that you become like your mother. Sooner or later. It is true. 🙂


4 thoughts on “We become like our mothers, they say

  1. Gol Singh October 14, 2010 / 8:33 pm

    > We become like our mothers, they say
    I feel sorry for N 😉

  2. kongkona October 15, 2010 / 5:06 am

    Missing home :-(((((((( missing choudhury bakery’s biscuit and the cake with the hardest icing available..

  3. kongkona October 15, 2010 / 5:08 am

    ok now for the techincalities.
    I was born when Ma was 30, so I was not even in the picture?
    Ma made sure we took a bath (at the very least ) before we go to school
    Do you make tiffin for Appa ? (hahaha, I do want to see that )
    Why don’t you take the lift?
    are you ready to kill me now?

  4. kopili November 30, 2010 / 10:11 pm

    Ma says she was born in 1950, or is she lying about her age 🙂 ? What is the technical question there? where does the tiffin thing fit in ( very soon I will have to do that, given our man’s extremely sensitive tummy), and lastly, the lift does not work 🙂 ( no actually, i wanted to see what it feels like so there!)

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