Saturday, January 17, 2015



A woman said to me that she treats her daughter-in-law just like her daughter.

I immediately remembered a story I had written many years ago – BLOW HOT BLOW COLD

So, let me delve deep into my “Teaching Stories Archive” and pull out this rather amusing story for you to read and ponder over.


Most people are partial and biased, have likes and dislikes, and therefore have double standards of behaviour. 

This is particularly so in the case of daughters and daughters-in-law.

I have observed that most women have double standards in the way they treat their daughters and their daughters-in-law.

As they say: “Blood is thicker than water

A daughter-in-law can never take the place of a daughter.

This is human nature and there is nothing you can do about it.

Yes, if you are daughter-in-law, there is nothing you can do about it.

But, you can read this story BLOW HOT BLOW COLD and have a laugh.

Humour in Family Life
A Story


It was a hot and humid summer afternoon in a sea facing flat on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

A young woman was unable to bear the stifling hot climate.

So she switched on the air-conditioner in the room to cool off a bit.

Her mother-in-law came into the room.

She hated her daughter-in-law.

The mother-in-law saw her daughter-in-law relaxing in cool comfort and could not tolerate it.

So, the mother-in-law shouted at her daughter-in-law sarcastically:

“You think you are a Maharani or something? Just look how you sit in such style with the air-conditioner full blast all for yourself. Who is going to pay the huge electricity bill – your father?”

“I am feeling hot,” the daughter-in-law said. 

“Hot? You are feeling hot? What do you mean you are feeling hot? It is not hot at all – just open the window and let the cool sea breeze in,” the mother-in-law shouted.

The young woman moved to open the windows.

The mother-in-law looked at the daughter-in-law and commanded:

“Shut off the air-conditioner at once and do not unnecessarily put on the air-conditioner. Electricity costs money. Besides, sitting in an air conditioned room is not good for your health. You must get used to the climate and learn to adapt with nature!”

Scared of her mother-in-law, the hapless young woman had no choice but to obey her commands.

The young woman switched off the air-conditioner and sweltered in the oppressive heat.


Suddenly the young woman’s sister-in-law (her husband’s sister) arrived on a surprise visit.

The mother-in-law was overjoyed to see her darling daughter whom she adored.

She could not bear to see her own daughter suffering in the heat.

So the woman turned towards her daughter-in-law and scolded her daughter-in-law:

“What are you doing just sitting there? Why have you opened those windows to let the hot air in? And why is the air conditioner switched off in this oppressive heat? Close the windows and switch on the air conditioner at once. Do you want my daughter to suffer a heatstroke?”

Then the woman turned to her darling daughter and she stroked her daughters hair and she said lovingly to her daughter:

“My poor dear, it is so hot here and how you suffer in this terrible heat. You must take care and protect yourself from the harsh vagaries of nature!”

Seething inside, but silently complying with her mother-in-law’s instructions, the bewildered daughter-in-law said to herself: 
“What a miracle indeed? Wonder of wonders! Have you ever seen a room with such a variable climate? Yes, the same room where it simultaneously blows hot and it blows cold at the same time!

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