Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blow Hot Blow Cold – Story of a “Patriarchal Feminist” – her “Horrible” daughter-in-law – and – her “Darling” daughter

It is very hot in Pune. 

Normally – I don’t like using an Air-Conditioner – I prefer fresh air. 

But – today – while contemplating whether to switch on the Air-Conditioner – I suddenly remembered this story I had written long ago during my lovely Mumbai days...


Humor 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.

As is the case with most mothers-in-law – she hated her daughter-in-law.

The mother-in-law saw her daughter-in-law relaxing in cool “air-conditioned comfort.

The old woman could not tolerate the sight of her daughter-in-law sitting in comfort.

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

“You think you are a Maharani (Empress) or something...? 

Just look at the way you are sitting in such style  with the Air-Conditioner full blast  all for yourself. 

Who is going to pay the huge electricity bill...? 

Your father..?” 

Taken aback by the scolding – the daughter-in-law” said to her mother-in-law:

“I am feeling hot...” 

On hearing this – the mother-in-law shouted at her daughter-in-law:


You are feeling hot...? 

What do you mean you are feeling hot...? 

It is not at all hot – just open the window  and let the cool sea breeze in...” 

The young daughter-in-law moved to open the windows.

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

“Shut off the Air-Conditioner at once. 

You should 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  you must learn to adapt with nature...!”

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

The young daughter-in-law switched off the Air-Conditioner.

The young woman sat in the hot room  sweating and sweltering in the oppressive heat – cursing her terrible mother-in-law”.


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

Her mother-in-law (the old woman) – she was overjoyed to see her “Darling Daughter – whom she adored.

The old woman could not bear to see her own Darling Daughter “suffering” in the heat.

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

“What are you doing just sitting there...? 

Why have you opened those windows...? 

Can’t you see that hot air is coming in through the open windows...? 

And why is the Air-Conditioner switched off in this oppressive heat...? 

Close the windows immediately  and  switch on the Air-Conditioner at once. 

Do you want my “Delicate Daughter to suffer a heat-stroke...?”

 the old woman turned to her darling daughter.

She stroked her darling 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 the wind simultaneously blows hot and blows cold from the same windows.
Ha Ha – a Room with a “Variable Climate where it is HOT and COLD at the same time...!
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