Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mother-in-law and Men

Most men mind mother-in-laws. The thought of gracious visit from her creates panic in them. Business travel, late work hour and boys night outs are frequent during her stay. Fitness and especially exercising in gym becomes important. History channels and annoying soaps appear better options. Though reasons are unknown to me, this seems to be a universal phenomenon cutting across race, culture, political and geographical boundaries.

However, most men don’t realize the distinct advantages of her stay. Let us see if you (men or women) agree with me with these benefits.

  1. Wife is at the best behavior: With her mom in the house, the wife has to be nice and sweet with everyone (including me) and not just with her mom.
  2. Freedom: With wife and her mom busy catching up with the family politics and gossip, a man has all the freedom to pursue his interests. Wife does not need his time.
  3. No shopping: Wife wants company for shopping. Well who can better help than her mom? The man can continue to watch his favorite channels.
  4. Wife takes care of you: If a man manages to make her mother-in-law happy, she helps to ensure her daughter takes good care of him. Pleasing my mother-in-law is easy. Some CDs of religious music and good photographs of her and she showers the blessings. See her pictures are on my Facebook Page.

Dear readers (men and women): Tell us what works for you?

34 comments:

Mangala said...

Lol!! That was a good one...but I am lucky that my husband and Mom get along like a house on fire...they have so much fun talking with each other that I am often ignored :(

rama said...

Good points. Saw her picture in facebook.

kavita said...

Haaa !You are very smart Amrit.You love your mother-in-law ,your FB pictures tell that.

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Irfanuddin said...

hahaa......that was really an interesting topic....and the 1st point is really true in most of the cases i think.....

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

You seem to be a good and doting son in law. Your MIL and wife will be happy.

Rachna said...

This is called always seeing the positive side of your situation :). Definitely makes sense, all those points.

pinashpinash said...

The winter lover :)

Rià said...

Well, I don't know what to say coz my hubby loves my mom and he knows how much she pampers him...so much so that she forgets that I m there too! :P

aarkay said...

We live at a distance of just 3-4 km, so she never visits us, but my mother in law is very dear to me and I wish my wife also had some of her qualities , especially her cooking skills !

Nirvana said...

ROFL!!! that was the funniest post on M-I-Ls I have read! But am sure you have a very happy one, as you most certainly must be pampering her!

NRIGirl said...

Interesting. I need to check out with Israel on this. Will get back to you.

Convey my warm regards to her please.

Alka Gurha said...

Interesting observations...best behavior from everyone is surely ensured.

....Petty Witter said...

Loving this post and your observations that I take as both serious and yet quite tongue in cheek at the same time. As you say 'the mother in law' seems to cross all divides - I know lots of people of different class, culture and faith and all seem to have their own version of the mother in law joke.

BK Chowla, said...

Each one of us must have gone thru this experience.Those who haven't, have missed some excitement

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Oh those are very well observed points which has been detailed out even better. I hope point 3:No shopping , keeps your wallet under control. ha ha ha..

Sh@s said...

lol...good one :)

Anjuli said...

This was indeed a GREAT post- I was laughing so hard- yes I think it is all very true!!! :) It is good to know, now that I'm a mother in law, I have some value to my son in laws :) hee hee!! Really great post!

enjoyingimperfections said...

Lol... Its funny and so true.... :)

rads said...

I'm definitely more nice to my husband when my parents are around...it amuses him, and yes I'd prefer shopping with my Mom than with my husband anyday...he's just the worst to go shopping with...gr8 analysis...

Harman said...

You r a smart cookie... in fact I wud say you know exactly which side of bread needs to be buttered first.."A"..
lolzz..
but wud say one thing..."yeh bahar bus thode din ke hai"till mom -in -law is here
then??
lolzzzzzzzz
yayyyyy wives win again!!

Harman said...

you have been tagged!

Sujatha Sathya said...

you are one smart man :)) or well when it comes to MILs maybe all men are!

Sandhya said...

I have seen your MIL's picture in the face book! Unless you like her, you won't put her in face book! But liked the points you jotted down here! All are true!

sm said...

great observation

Suruchi said...

LOL-MILs ka poora idea does not work for me-they are beyond comprehension...
So I can only say-good for you:-)

ZEAL said...

Amrit...You are selfish!...lol..

Usha said...

A, Funny post with good observations...enjoyed reading it.

I loved the beautiful set of cary winter pictures....mother-in-law looks so beautiful..emotions on her face are so well captured...yours and Ritu's cozy picture matches well with Cary's pleasing winter. :)

Destination Infinity said...

Why don't you write a post on your Father in law... lets see how it comes out then... :) I think men are pretty comfortable with MIL's. The problems are elsewhere...

Destination Infinity

Insignia said...

Hahaha those were interesting. You get freedom; most important :-P

Rajlakshmi said...

hehehe I guess men will be now more than happy to invite their MIL :D

Reflections said...

Hahahaaaa......that was funny;-D

Vaish said...

Ha Ha! I always make sure I'm nice both in front of in-laws and my parents! And to my parents, they mostly support their son-in law than their own daughter..phew!

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