How I Met My Mother

‘After having rejected and sometimes also being rejected by 32 men in my unsuccessful journey to matrimony, I prayed that it would be love at first sight with motherhood,’ says Priya Ramanathan.
A fascinating excerpt from The Best Of Tall Tales: True Stories from India’s Longest Running Storytelling Series.

Today Amma, Atin, and I, are a family, since my father has passed away. Sometimes we fight, sometimes we can’t stand each other, but we also love each other.

Atin and I are in a good place, which really means that when his vocabulary is better, he will be telling people, ‘My mother is one crazy woman — she is pushy, critical and dominating. She always wants me to do better’.

Well, what can I say? I have turned into my mother, which is something that would have scared the daylights out of me a few years ago.

But today I see that it’s not such a bad thing after all.

Having said that, I must say that I am luckier than Amma because my son sees my flaws and not only does he forgive me for them, he actually loves me in spite of them, which is more than I ever did for my mother.

Excerpted from The Best Of Tall Tales: True Stories from India’s Longest Running Storytelling Series by Michael Burns, with the kind permission of the publishers, Rupa Publications.

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