Maa Todays newspapers had a very sad story. The Hindi Newspaper Dainik Bhaskar of 2nd dec 11 had this story. Sriganganagar – Rajasthan – Vidyadevi , a mother of 4 sons, has paralysis, was since a year locked up in a room by her son, and dIL, and food given afew times a day. She would cry wholeday to be let out, till she fell exhausted, and then kept quiet. The neighbours were privy to all this, till one day they complained to the authourities who rescued her. Seems the deal between the 4 brothers was , that she would rotate with them each keeping her for a month, and then leaving her at the other brothers place, a la that movie Babhbaan . She is bedridden and paralytic . How do things come to these limits I wonder. I know most respect their parents, but some people can be monsters, like these 4 sons. I just wonder how they can go off to sleep, leaving their mother like this. She should have been a queen, having 4 sons, for don’t people celebrate even these days, when they get a son, a prized possession. They go to all the possible Gods and Temples to pray for a son, and here she has 4 ! The lord was kind on her, to give her a bountiful, or was he ? Well we all keep hearing all these , this is nothing new that I tell u. To those whose sons are good and caring, it is heaven. But for ladies like these it is hell. There is a curse in Sindhi, where a mother says to her lousy son “ I wish u had died at birth”, I guess that applies to these 4 rascals. And this lady seems uneducated, as many were from that era. Let us come to today’s times where most like us are educated, and our children , sons or daughters are to get married.Soon we will have daughter in laws, and I guess even today many harbor that dream of a joint family, and playing with their grandchildren, where the DIL will come and massage yr feet at night, to put u to sleep, or where she will oil yr hair for a good shampoo later ! Come o n, grow up, these days with high paying salaries, the companies transfer u from one city to another, and u cant say no. So even if u have a son, he will marry, and take his family and go stay in the city where he is working. So if daughters leave u after marriage, so will the sons after marriage and carreer. Then what ! And what if theman or the woman dies. So one partner is left, so what. Cant they stay alone, with out the crutches of the son or the dIL.they may fear a robber will kill them or a thief, or they may fall sick and die . All baseless, for if u keep good relations with neigbours , for u don’t live in the jungle, but in dense neighbourhoods, how will this happen ? And instead of thinking of playing with grandkids, why not learn some new skills like blogging, solving suduko, or make friends, join a club, and make merry. You have a house, jewellery, maybe pension coming in, live with the luxuries of servants, a driver if u can afford, and doctors on call. Learn to be independent, and tell the kids, not to worry, if they send some money, fine, if they don’t, don’t complain, for it is your own fault if u have not prepared for life after retirement ,if u were working, or life after the sons are married, and gone. Wish there was someone to teach the elderly how to live by themselves, and not use the sons as crutches, and be shifted from one son to another, I think it is shameful of the parents to accept this, And equally shameful of course for the sons to subject their parents to all this cruelty. This lady is uneducated, so can understand her sentiments of sticking to her sons, I just wish, we educated lot learn from this and start preparing seriously about how to be independent, financially, and without help of any child in our old ages. What else to say, friends, words fail me to describe all this. KAMAL MAHTANI As people see this joke, they think I am addicted to joking and posting jokes, but actually I am addicted to holding relationships because “ hare k friend zaroori hota hai, Koi kutta (dog) to koi Kamina, Par hare k friend zaroori hota hai !!! After pawar was slapped,inflation came down to 9%, from 10.8 % Sensex jumped 200 points Rupee appreciated 23 paise. Pawar should be slapped daily ? !!! George Bush was having tea with Dr. Abdul Kalam. As they put the sugar in the tea Bush - Sugar is the only word in which S is prounced as SH Dr. Kalam – Are u Sure !!!!!! First sign of old age is Wrinkles – NO Medicines – NO Baldness – Certainly NO Then ? When she starts TRUSTING u !!! I am not a sympathizer, I know how it feels to be slapped by a Sardar Sheeshant’s sms to Sharad Pawar !!!