how about MILs like Malathi- world would be a better place to live in!! Hello Sridhar, Malathi basically seems to be a good-natured woman. she had a good heart and maybe thanks to her parents liberal attitude, she would have learnt much more in life than her counterparts - Malathi was very matured and understood relationships better. I do agree with you in saying most of the woman who undergo such dilemmas in life, loose hope later and become a wreck and lead a life of the dead. They would live without a purpose and all their life they would only be talking about what they underwent and what they never got. I've witnessed ladies who never bothered to raise their own children nor developed a good relationship with people around. they can never appreicate good things in others and strive to cause problems and can't stand to see others happy. just because they suffered, they feel others shld also suffer. what I appreciate the most is her ability to blossom into a beautiful flower and make the world around her fragrant; inspite of the odds. . but I do find her lucky in a way that she could move out and had a chance to breathe-free and have control on her life. But again we need to appreciate the fact that she never misused that to avenge her mil or to sow seeds of negative deeds into her children's mind and that made sure they grew into such good children and further to have such adorable grand children.. Normally they say a woman can make or break a home. here I see a beautiful example of making a home. I only pray God to lend us that extra maturity to handle affairs of the home. this story is one good example of how a woman can make a home and more. Luckily, Malathi's MILs only problem was the fear that she'll loose her son to her DIL. but the reasons for torture these days seems nothing but for pleasure. In-laws torturing DILs for mere fun and the attitude that they have all right to do so. Feel sorry for them. thanks to nuclear families, a lot of such encounters have been avoided. Like Sharada rightly put it - let's learn to give love & respect to earn the same from others. Lets listen to different kinda MIL-DIL stories in the future.