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A new web series called Mothers & Daughters, starring Lilette and Ira Dubey promises to be warm, interesting and complicated - just like our relationships with our moms!
A new web series called Mothers & Daughters, starring Lilette and Ira Dubey promises to be warm, interesting and complicated – just like our relationships with our moms!
Ma, mummy, amma, ammi, aayi, mom…these are some of the words in which we call our mothers. Each word generating a sense of warmth and protection, perhaps a cocoon of unconditional love in most of our minds. And yet, it is undeniable that we daughters have such a gloriously messy and complicated relationships with our mothers as we grow up.
For example, I used to love my mother for being so supportive about my education and yet I couldn’t stand her strictness when it came to dressing up or being friends with boys. The relationship is never monochromatic and I think you too will have such mixed emotions tucked into the corners of your minds when you think about your relationship with dear old mom.
Hence, the moment I came across this upcoming short film web series by Blush and Chhoti Productions called ‘Mothers & Daughters’, I knew I had to share it with you all. I’m sure you too will be bubbling with excitement to watch this series, as soon as you watch the making of it.
What I found interesting about the concept was how the actors and the makers kept underlining the message that they wanted to explore the different facets of this beautiful relationship, not only the superficial ones mostly portrayed by media, but also the deeper aspects.
I have always been fascinated by this relationship. Being raised by a single mother, Ma has been the biggest source of strength and inspiration in my life. I have witnessed how our relationship has changed over the years and how different aspects of my life has been shaped by my relationship with my mother.
I’m sure that a lot you will identify with this feeling. If you do, then please don’t miss this one!
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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