Since the beginning, I have had trouble talking to my MIL. She's not a bad person, or unreasonable. It's just that our views are so different, the conversations I start divert to something else with her, and vice versa. Normally, I wouldn't have issue on what to talk about, since she lives on the other side of the planet, but for the next 4 months, we're stuck with each other, and I want to at least be civil to her. What are some safe topics to speak to your MIL about? These topics have not worked: cooking (we have different opinions on that), tv (she watches nothing...), health (feels redundant, since she never takes my advice), Childcare (we don't see eye-to-eye, but at least she does what I ask her to do part of the time), her son (did anyone think this would work?), weather (it's always hot in Chennai!), Clothes (she only wears cotton saris and honestly doesn't care), Religion (I am not, and I don't want to be pulled into something I don't want to be involved, accidently)... I'm topic'd out, so I am projecting some major antisocial DIL vibes right now. I'll be honest, I am far more of a fashion conscious, materialistic and entertainment consumer, than her. She is all about self-sacrifice and religion - so, when we talk, it's like a Panda bear (me) trying to talk to kangaroo (her) - we're still mammals, but worlds away.