Mom, Me and our Petty Issues

The reason why moms are hard to please is that they don’t care for things money can buy. My mother is not interested in the cake I can get her for her birthday from my pocket money (which of course comes from their pocket), or the bouquet I can buy for her to wish her a very Happy Mother’s Day.

She is a woman who is swayed easily by other people’s emotions. She worries herself with unnecessary issues and gets sad when people around her lie. She delivers dramatic dialogues, intensely, courtesy the stupid soaps all our Indian mothers are addicted to. But she means what she says, and that is unsettling.

Remember how I said my blog is also a thinking board for me, which I use when I feel the need to sit back and think. The last time I did this was way back (like centuries ago, seriously), but today is one of those days when certain things are giving me an ugly look again and demand urgent attention.

How do I make my mom happy? Maybe first I need to know what makes her happy.

That’s easy. What she wants is an obedient son who respects her and doesn’t talk to her in raised voices. She wants me to study, have a good time, and reach home before dark. She wants me to spend time with family and be a responsible big brother.

Breaking and simplifying gives us this:

1. Obedient? I am a normally obedient son already. Check

2. Talking back to her in loud voices. This I think I really need to do. Check

3. I can study, given that I have to perform well academically anyways. Check

4. Reach home on time. This one is difficult. Very difficult. If I do it, I will be ruining a lot of my friends’ plans, but will make mummy happy. I think friends worth keeping will understand. 6 P.M. is the limit for all future outings. Check

5. Spend time with family. If I come home early, it will automatically happen. Check

6. Be a responsible big brother. This one is too big an issue to be discussed in one bullet point. Later.

Will I be able to do it? Stupid question, what have I not achieved after setting my mind to it, except of course cracking IITJEE, losing weight, scoring well, attending classes…

On a serious note, She is not someone who gets happiness from flowers and chocolates, and maybe that’s why she has never paid heed to all this Mother’s day junk. And now as she sits in the other room, upset with me, I wish she did.

But then what fun if you get things done without a challenge, who wants to get bored! 😀





  1. You reminded me of a birthday long past when my 11 year old son insisted on spending his pocket money (given by us) on me. I tried telling him we’d do all the things he wanted to (buy me a Jagjit Singh ghazal CD and take me for an ice-cream treat to our fav place), but he need pay only for one out of the two. No, that wouldn’t do of course. “You won;t accept my gift?!” Angry and hurt. I agreed to do things his way. So yea, a card, a CD and then an ice-cream sundae it was 😀


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