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My mother loves to quote

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by meenasankaran, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. meenasankaran

    meenasankaran Platinum IL'ite

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    To make a relevant point in a context, all of us have quoted an expert at some point in our lives. It is generally considered essential, not to say, fashionable to quote on a subject over which you want to claim autonomous authority. The more quotes you can pull out of your arsenal, the more scholarly you look.

    Friends, I would like to introduce you to my Mom, the consummate scholar. My sisters and I were raised on her phenomenal quotes. A typical day in our childhood saw astounding quotes like these:


    • Eating a spoonful of squished neem leaves with yogurt every morning will cure all of your stomach ailments. If you don't believe me, check last week's 'Kalaimagal' (a homemaker's magazine).
    • On a hot sunny day like today, you should be sure to have a lot of yogurt to cool your body....our next door neighbor told me today so you see?
    • Massaging warm gingily oil on the scalp twice a week will promote hair growth....your Aunt from Alwarpet told me over the phone yesterday......you should listen to her.
    • Soaking your colors and whites separately for 15 minutes before washing is good for the clothes...I heard it from the man on the street corner ironing the clothes..

    This is simply a sample of the million quotes she used every day to guide us in the right path of life. If it is not the weekly magazine, neighbor or a distant relative, she would have heard it from the daily TV newsperson, my uncle's maidservant, my aunt's sister-in-law or the dear old lady she met on the bus to the temple. Her ability to quote from a variety of sources is unparalleled.

    Not to take away any credit from my father's erudition, he did occasionally quote but his knowledge was very limited to literary works such as Shakespeare and Thomas Gray. Okay, so he could recite Anthony's speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar from heart and quote famous poets but sadly he just could not compete with my mother's ability to quote on a wide range of issues.

    The other day, I found myself telling my daughter "If you don't apply oil and braid your hair every day, you are not going to have any hair left. If you don't believe me, check with your grandmother." I have come full circle, wouldn't you say?
     
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  2. iyerviji

    iyerviji Finest Post Winner

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    Dear Meena

    Another good post from you. Your mother quotes are good. Olden times people used to quote and follow it too but dont know whether present people will follow. My grandmother for every action used to sing some song. If you sleep too much she used to sing , thookam thookam enru ayisai tholaidhadi. There were many more like this.
    They used to set good example for future.

    love
    viji
     
  3. Remanambiar

    Remanambiar New IL'ite

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    Dear Meena
    Are you sure we dont share a mother? .My mother too does the same thing only the bits and pieces are from tamil channels ,which she is very partial too and more often than not she gets confused and the quotes end up confusing us . for eg .a bird in hand is worth two in the bush would be out of her mouth as a bird in the bush is worth two with you .and that sets us wondering till one of us hit on the correct version and if you tell her about it ,she would answer coolly that she meant the same . and its all about having the bird .
    Next time she comes up with something i am going to take it down and use it as a poser for all at Indus ladies to solve :)
    Your posts are delightful and i really enjoy them

    Love
    Rema
     
  4. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Meena
    Most of the mother's do follow these quotes:) just can't help it in case you tell your kids you have told it, they will just ignore you and in case you tell I have read this here and there or someone had told it they will give a second tought....
    It happens with me too, When I go to tell now a days something to my son you should do or this will happen you will get a sudden reply have you got it from Indous(this is what he calls this site)....hahahaha
     
  5. meenasankaran

    meenasankaran Platinum IL'ite

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    Viji aunty,

    Thank you for enjoying my mother's quotes. I loved reading about your grandmother who used to sing apt songs for many instances. May be you can compile all the different songs that she sang and make a post out of it for us to enjoy?? Just a thought.:)
     
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    meenasankaran Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Rema,

    I am very glad to know that you enjoy my posts. :)

    Your mother sounds delightful and I burst out laughing reading about how she gets her quotes a bit mixed up. That is priceless. Could our mothers be cousins, may be once removed? :rotfl Thank you for stopping by Rema.
     
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    meenasankaran Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Aruna,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, yet again, for one of my posts. :) You are a strong cheering section all by yourself.

    Though all mothers have this tendency to quote, my mother is a bit compulsive in this. She, for some convoluted reason, believes that any advice worth giving to children would be taken seriously only if it comes from someone other than her. We have tried all these years, in vain, to convince her that we would like to hear her views too once in a while. :)
     
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    Dear Meena,

    Hahaha - yes, we have come a full circle.
    Wait till the day your children tell you,"Amma, do you realise you are becomming a bore. Just like Ammamma!" To which I retort, " I am waiting for the day when you will be passing down my quotes to your children!"

    You write very well my dear.

    Love,
    Usha
     
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    Meena,
    Good old sayings. Thanks for sharing. These are worth to read , practise and inherit too.
     
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    Dear Meena,

    Ha Ha Ha:) I enjoyed it but will you follow atleast some of your mother's quotes?:)
     

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