How My Mother And I Bonded Over Astutely Made Shopping Bargains!

How My Mother And I Bonded Over Astutely Made Shopping Bargains!

Though occasional phrases like “we always buy from you” or “I’m not making a profit… this is the cost price” were thrown in, the game remained tactical to a large extent.

As a very young child, I don’t remember spending much time with my mother. Somehow or the other, she was always busy. Anyone who has spent a good number of their early years in a joint family would know what I am talking about.

As a dutiful, docile, senior-most daughter-in-law of the household, she was either in the kitchen planning meals for twenty-odd members, washing, drying, ironing, folding, and arranging pyramids of clothes into some secret order, or entertaining out-of-town visitors.

The periodic festivals and puja preparations sponged the left-over hours. Yet, creative pursuits muscled their way into her afternoons—embroidery, painting, knitting, sewing, and whatnot. She did it all. The tireless schedule notwithstanding, she even devoured Hindi Classics by Munshi Prem Chand, Dinkar, and Amrita Pritam.

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