This is my first post and I would like to begin the blog with an incident I shared on one of my favourite blogs ‘http://indianhomemaker.wordpress.com‘ last week The post received an overwhelming number of reactions, some criticizing me for my low self-esteem, some sympathizing with me, some calling my MIL names and others offering me kind pieces of advice.
Here goes the incident:
I cooked the first meal at my in-laws’ house within the first week of the marriage. My mother-in-law had been well informed by my husband that I had never tried my hand at cooking before the wedding. And the wedding, despite my subdued protests, had been arranged within a month of the hurriedly organised roka ceremony, leaving me no time to learn enough cooking. Not that I considered skill at cooking a per-condition to marriage.
So when I braced myself to cook that first meal, I was definitely expecting help from the MIL. I expected her to stand beside me and give directions. None of that happened. So I called up my mother and quickly asked her how to proceed.
The directions taken, I prepared the dish – French Beans and potato. Thankfully, it did not turn out to be a disaster but, as I got to know in a short while, was left a bit undercooked.
I agree that a half-baked meal spoilt an evening. (But a smarter Mil would have cooked one more dish to survive the meal. She didn’t.)
But how is this statement given by my MIL justified? – “If a girl has done MBBS or IAS, I can understand that she did not get time to learn cooking. But it’s strange how you, a mere journalism post graduate, failed to do so.”
I am working with a leading English national daily.
For reactions: Click here: http://indianhomemaker.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/if-a-girl-has-done-mbbs-or-ias-i-can-understand-that-she-did-not-get-time-to-learn-cooking-but-its-strange-how-you-a-mere-journalism-post-graduate-failed-to-do-so/