One of the greatest titles in the world is of a parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. – Jim DeMint
Parents love their kids more than themselves irrespective of age or demography. Being brought in an Indian household and having spent a reasonable part of my life overseas, I got a chance to witness the subtle differences. Indian parenting by far is the most sheltered one. Remember, once a parent is always a parent. Emotionally, I depend on my parents to date; despite the fact that I, myself, am a parent of two.
The essence of family and the values an Indian upbringing gives is by far the greatest.
As children, we might find them irritating or could not understand the logic behind their set rules, but trust me, it goes a long way in creating strong personalities.
Read on to witness the fun behind it all and do not forget to delve into the immense hidden concern, they have for you.
Parents are born stalkers. My brother had saved my dad's mobile number as 'Kahaan ho' in his contact list. So every time dad calls, his screen flashes out - Kaha ho calling.
When it comes to mommy dear, she needs the details too - where, with whom, and so on and so forth.
Even when kids grow up, mommy rules the temperature check. I remember my dad made me wear a sweater underneath a 'lehenga' in every winter wedding until I turned 16. Loathing it throughout, today a mom of two, I carry the legacy proudly.
Having a meal is more important than anything else. You are her world, and she cannot think beyond.
Wake her up in the middle of the night to say you are hungry, and she won't take a minute to get something for you.
Talks about sex are meant to be avoided.
Ever asked your mom, how did I come in your tummy? All she would say is 'MAGIC'.
A little weird but talking about sex is considered taboo.
Getting up early is a sure shot success mantra.
Talk about anything from back pain to lethargy to anxiety pangs: the only advice you get is early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Siblings are the flagbearers of harmony. The share of responsibility is higher for the elder one - 'beta, chhota bhai hai.' You might regret facing this all through your teenage, but you eventually build up a heart and mind to let go anything that your lil brother does.
In case of a sister, you end up loving her more than ever.
She needs to know from anything to everything in your life, and in great detail. Headlines do not serve the purpose. She can give fierce competition to Google; with an autocomplete trait topping the chart.
You always have one friend whom your parents do not like. Check out how your mom gives you a sideways glance when you leave home with him. Ever found her meandering around your room when the so-called 'nikamma' friend is around?
Academics are a must. Failing in exams has an innate of a sense of putting your parents at the risk of a cardiac arrest.
Whatever you do, academic excellence is a must. Remember Farhan from 3 idiots? Even he gets to pursue his dream once he's finished studying engineering.
First world problems. What the neighbours would say when you come late at night is a pretty sensitive thing to deal with.
Crop tops are a no-no for mommies.
Sarees can reveal tummies but crop tops shouldn't. Can't figure out why?
They want you to be best. Deciding how to be one is a little tricky.
Between the devil and the deep sea...
If you don't go out, you are lazy. If you do, you waste your time.
Phew...a tough choice to make.
Parents - the word is a world in itself. No one in the universe can replace them. When we talk about parents, we talk about a set of humans who are powered by the extraordinary quality of loving someone more than themselves. As I talk about the Indian style of parenting, you should respect the sacrifice they make for your happiness. Value them till you have them.
P.S. I love you lots, Ma-Papa!
Do not hesitate to pour in your feelings for the ones who gave you life. Go ahead, speak your heart out in the comment section below.
Photo credits: Nidhi Vaishnav