Mums many

Kinds of Mums

 Mums are praised, lauded, adored and venerated. But they are human after all!

Uncomplaining mousey mum

The kind who is used, abused, and trod upon as a doormat by the whole family. The long suffering Sulochana, Nirupa Roy types

With it hep mum

Career types, socialites, kitty party types-generally with IAS or multinational backgrounds.

Loud, opinionated mum

She has an opinion on everything under the sun, from politics to pall bearing, studies to shopping, travelling to treatment, servants to self-sufficiency. Hard to keep down.

Foot in the mouth mum

Idhar ka khabbar udhar, the lady who drops clangers all over the place to whom you cannot by any means confess or comment on anything or anybody. The nicest part is she lets the cat out of the bag so disarmingly and innocently.

Cook up a storm mum

Ask her for dal-chawal and she will have four choices ready for you. Most often she will breeze into your kitchen, cook like mad and then disappear without joining you for the meal. Of course she will expect phone calls praising her cooking. She can also make cooking a dish the easiest of tasks while you are still groping with distinguishing between tuvar dal and chana dal.

Oh this is beautiful but….mum

 Difficult lady who can damn you with small praise. She always has a better method of doing things.

Maa/Saas bhi abhi Bahu hain

She is still cowed down or ill used by her parents, parents in law that she finds it difficult to break away and spend time with her friends or offspring. By the time she has finished with her duties she herself becomes old and infirm.

Speaking volumes without a word mum

The silent but strict mum who can cow you down with a look or frown. It is difficult to pass muster with her unreal standards.

Speaking with music mums

The lady can illustrate every situation with a song. Especially when you have been particularly cruel to her, she can burst into a Lata or Mukesh number that would suggest you crawl into a hole in a corner.

Hypochondriac mum

Apart from her own chronic complaints she can convert your own headache into her migraine! The said headache can progress from low blood pressure to CAT scans and brain tumours.

Gasolene in her veins mum

She is on the move. From daughter to son to brother to sister across the country, across the seas, across continents. ‘If it is Tuesday’ kind of mum.

Temple hopper

Closely connected to the above but religion oriented, there is not a temple left that she has not visited, sometimes many times over. Very difficult to entertain as Wednesday may be the only day that she eats. Fasting is her profession.

Stubbornly independent mum

Left alone by her husband, she refuses to kowtow to her children’s demands and stubbornly stays on her own giving her kids nightmares and imagined catastrophes.

Your father says so…mum

Firmly under her husband’s thumb, she has very few opinions of her own. Left alarmingly adrift with no clue about money or investments when she may be widowed, she is the clinging ivy mum.

Bore mum

She can truly bore you and your friends with her rambling tales and anecdotes. She is also the type who can corral you unsuspectingly in the middle of the road and wax eloquent on matters totally unrelated to you.

Highly talented mum

Difficult to live-upto lady. Her talents are too many and her offspring may falter at the starting point itself. Actresses and Artists are prime examples.

Name dropping mum

Two varieties   a) claims relationships and friendships to half the world. Has met everyone, seen everyplace and done everything. Very painful character.

b)forgets names and inevitably calls Neela as Sheela and Ram as Shyam. Amusing often irritating character.

Some mums have multiple characteristics of any of the mentioned characteristics. Some may have others. But Mums are part of everybody’s lives. Take them as they are and do not think of them only on Mother’s Day.

God Bless Moms!

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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3 Responses to Mums many

  1. Grannymar says:

    Do I know one of each variety….. well almost!

    Enjoy Mother’s Day.


  2. padmum says:

    But surely some with a mixture of many elements!!


  3. Grannymar says:

    Yes, that too.


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