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October 28th was Mother-in-Law’s day. I feel this is one of the most misunderstood relationships ever.
When I was married, Bollywood movies made me very, very anxious about my upcoming relationship with my in-laws. Thankfully, she didn’t live upto the movie standards. In fact, when I look back, I laugh at my naïveté and silliness in believing Bollywood.
Here is a poem I wrote for my second mom and titled it likewise.
We are not related,
except by law.
I know we are related,
by something bigger than this.
and in your way,
take care of me.
as I am,
with my limitations.
You gently guided me
and make me aware
of the likes
and dislikes of all.
You keep me protected
from the jealous eyes
and eager ears
I can clearly see
that you have gone through
and not forgotten your past
You remember your days
as a new bride
in this family.
I know it is yours now
it will be mine, someday too.
Let’s spread some positivity. Let’s banish the cliches. Please share your stories and poems about your mother-in-law.
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Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Sunayna Pal moved to USA after her marriage. A
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