Friday, July 07, 2006

Ma and Pa in Town-Part II

Ok its been almost 4 weeks since parents come down and needless to say life has changed...and thankfully for the better..especially when I desparately needed them!!

And all my efforts and preparation "in anticipation of every flaw that mom could have discovered in my housekeeping skills" as cited in part 1 (scroll down for part 1) of the post has paid off and parents were more surprised than impressed--"U managed all this"??(pls note with a gaped expression on face)...thx mom and dad for the confidence bestowed:-))!

The first two weeks since hubby was away partying and oogling at "beautiful girls with ocean blue eyes and god gifted complexion" (those are his words), I was at home getting all the pampering and attention I could ask for by parents!..No complaints!:-)

Hadn't imagined that the existence of parents in your life(specially when ur not used to it) can create such a difference- there are some serious consequences when parents visit kids:-

1) The house (please note a 800 Sq feet apartment which is a luxury by HK standards) , an apartment where you barely have space to move things ard has already been arranged and rearranged 3 times....(Only mom could have managed this!)

2) The dissapearance of the concept of "Social life" . I have started receiving "Just checking to see if your alive" messages from the few frds that we have here. Weekends would be for relaxation, eating good home food and sleeping. Partying is more "stressful" than working...according to parents!..(Ahem!)

3) Newer places to buyer newer things from will suddenly be discovered. Veggies I didnt know existed will be available just 10 min from home, thx to dad's exploratory skills...(hmmm!)

4) The maid will either end up becoming a "super maid" before they leave or quit (unable to handle the pressure;-)..(thats the scary one!)

5) Updated news on all the other Indians around will be provided....pls note Indians I didnt even know(or care about ) existed!(???????????) ...there is more spice in the neighbourhood than I realised!

6) Hot food will be served....and freshly made roties.....and tones of pampering.... Weekday right from morning wake up call to breakfast to lunch to dinner and also an apple in between(slyly put in my purse by mom darling) has been taken care of--feel like a queen. (Sigh!)

7) Everything in the house will be in its place..ALWAYS....(Finally..for once!)

8) Mom's lap to sleep on everytime I am tired after office, free head massages and loads of huggsss ( Heaven!:-)

9) Hubby will behave himself...without me having to scream my lungs out!...hehahahah!!(thats the sadistic pleasure!)

10) All serials with "K" will become the only things familiar on screen! Know all the charcter and how many times they have been married and which are the latest saree trends!

11) The thrill of sitting in the bus while returning home from office...and wondering "what would mom have cooked for dinner today"?...

It so cute that at this age parents become quite like kids once again--get enamoured by smaller things in life--they still cant get over the tall, taller and even taller buildings here and want to take a snap of all the tall buidlings possible to show to their friends back home:-)

All the various types of breads in various shapes and sizes and all other baked stuff in the bakeries still amazes them!

Well u realise the value of things only when they are not with u--after staying away from home for almost 5-6 yrs now have realised how indispensible parents really are in our lives!

Right now just waiting to get home and see what has been cooked for dinner!:-))

62 Comments:

At 7:12 AM, Blogger southpaw said...

Right now just waiting to get home and see what has been cooked for dinner!:-)) *** Aish hai bhai aapki to...:)

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

Isnt that great ur folks r bakk again - good for u Ekta!

yep parents always open our eyes to what we didnt even know existed close to us lol! My mum says that if not for her, I'd be like a lost puppy hehehe.


**The dissapearance of the concept of "Social life"

goshhh that so happens! Guess what - it's only after mum came over that I stopped gymming lol! Cos all I wanted to do was come home soon to Ma and eat her yummy food :):) And friends also say that I dun interact much with em cos mum's home. Well I dunno wut it is, but my mum seems to be the bestest of all friends to go shopping with or watch a movie together.



**Hubby will behave himself...without me having to scream my lungs out!...hehahahah!!(thats the sadistic pleasure!)

ROTFL @Anand!

:):)
Have a great weekend Ekta!
Keshi.

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Het Waghela said...

Ekta,

U made me remember the time when my parent/parents-in-law come to our place. My better half gets the same treatment which you have mentioned (so do I) but she gets all the pamperings, females always steals the show no matter whose parents are in.

Wow! which part of the world is your hubby @ ??? ^_~ Lucky him!

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Kautilya said...

have loads of fun with ur ma n pa...
and eat all u can... momz cusine.. u wont' get anything tastier....

enjoy!

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Aliie said...

u sure should enjoy it while u can...
i want roti too!!!
did u come across names of long lost unknown cousins while ur at that?
PS: im linking u...i love ur blog...

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger der Bergwind said...

return to innocence... wit maa n pa, i guess life comes full circle:)
but between the two its always the maa who gets the greater chunk of love.. i mean mostly.. with all the fites for equality n ego bashing in all walks of life... a mother is still like the cradle of life n therez some spy line connectionz that bind us all to 'em... lifez really sweet now with all the loves around u:)
keep basking in the sunshine:)

n thanks for the appreciation for my verse..

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger justme said...

am hungry and u ve beeen talking of hot roti's..!!
youck..now i don wanna eat d food in my company cafeteria..!!
Home is always where is ma is..!! :-)

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Sudeep said...

The whole post had me smiling all the while.. :)

Probably u too will remember all this when u r in ur mother's role many yrs later..

n i seriously hope tht Anand has many pics of those beautiful girls with ocean blue eyes and god gifted complexion on his blog or atleast in my mailbox otherwise i would be telling u to make him sleep on couch this time :P

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Anjaan said...

hahaahahahaaha
Ever thought of writing for stand up comedians!?
*still grinning ear to ear*

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Ekta said...

South:-Absolutely..
ps.:- moms promised to make dosa tomorrow..yummm!!:-)

Keshi:-Hehe u said it...was quite a lost puppy when i moved outta the house without her!
And when we moved to HK and I first started cooking, there would be frantic "what should I do now"? calls to her!!
U have a fab weekend too..huggzzz!

Het:- haha..yeah for some reasons girls always end up getting more attention! Even my in lws tend to give me more attention than my hubby!

Hubby Dear was away in germany for 2 weeks on the excuse of FIFA--now we all know what he was actually watching!

Kautilya:- Hey welcome and thx for dropping by!
And ur right..absolutely nothing better than mom's food!

Aliie:- ok aliie why dont u drop by home for some hot roties by mommy!!:-)
And hey thx for blogrolling me..have already blogrolled u too!

Der:- hey I agree..Mm always managed to steal the show...take more of the limelight when it comes to kids!!!...Guess coz our very basics are related to moms...our food, clothing and shelter!
To my mom is like this person with supernatural powers who can do absolutely anything!!

Just:- awww...am sorry...well am sure u'll get to go home soon too!!
Ok I'll eat an extra roti from ur end today!..ok?:-)

Sudeep:- hey dont worry he has enugh snaps of "hot little things"..which he religiously shared with me and described as well..and u shall see it on his post too!!

Anjaan:-:-) Thx and welcome to my blog!
Well thot earlier but realised I get tired too fast..will try for sit down comedians sometime!;-)

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Madhu said...

Parents are to be enjoyed to the max. Have a great time with them!!

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger christabelle said...

'Mom's lap to sleep on everytime I am tired after office, free head massages and loads of huggsss ( Heaven!:-)'

I'm jealous here girl, makes me soooooo homesick.

well enjoy urself girl while the time last, haha! it wont be 4ever u know.

Take care.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Maya Cassis said...

wow !it's always a pleasure and pain to have our parents back in our life but they do stuff only for our best...thinking what is best,I don't want to break my head but they are finally the only ones in this world who can really truly care for us unlike any others.they make us feel whole.i miss my parents :(

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger ishita said...

:-) enjoy it while it lasts! i always do when my parents visit:)...esp. maa's cooking!:)

lolz..@ hubby will behave himself... u're tellingg me!!! he he...

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Arz000n said...

"beautiful girls with ocean blue eyes and god gifted complexion"
Why dont we have such oceanic people here in India??

Updated news on all the other Indians around will be provided...
Hehehe...yeah...
Though I stay in india...and ma parents stay in india too...but still when I go back home on weekends, I get to hear the UPDATES :)

anyway...you enjoy the pampering...and lemme go out anand to see the good looking people out there :)

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Disha said...

Wow, amazing post, left me laughing for few minutes:D
Our parents are only ones who make us feel special & wanted.Enjoy thir love & pampering.

Parents mean a world to us (even if they nag about getting work done!)
Enlighten the world.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Yashita said...

lol...I could so relate to this post!! tho I am still living with my parents...I rem when they had gone to visit my sister in the US...dad would usually go out in the mornings and get the vegetables from the local market there...and mostly he used to come with some new places!! really, my sister used to be so amazed!hehehe...guess all dad's are like that!

and yes news!! whenever me and mum sit to talk...I get to hear all the gossip!! I didnt even know there was a cute guy in my own buildin untill when one day mum pointed it out to me!! hhahaa...nice post:)

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Raghav said...

hey that reminds me, i have not had lunch yet !

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger Mr. J said...

So.. what was for dinner. Thinking about it makes my mouth water.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger karmic_jay said...

Nice post...
The first two weeks since hubby was away partying and oogling

Someday it will be your chance to do your bit too.

Treasure these moments, as someo who has been away from India for 14 yrs and have old parents who can't travel, you truly have something special..later :)

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Vivhyd said...

very nice read... My aunt is visiting me now and I kinda have the same feeling as far as food is concerned.. all cooked and ready and all my fav stuff.. Well enjoy, take time off routine stuff while they r here and show them arnd.. they do enjoy when u show them arnd esp taking pics so they can show them to everyone concnd.. :-)

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Shuba said...

Lovellllllllllllllllyyyyyy....i just enjoyed...sitting in my house and enjoying every moment and chance to hav fun outside and i now understand what ull crave for after marriage!!!!!!

Enjoyed every bit of it!

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger lil _kath said...

..aww so sweet, u made me smile till the last word girl ^_^ missed my Mom ;(

...** Mom's lap to sleep on everytime I am tired after office, free head massages and loads of huggsss **

...oh i envy u girl, i always do that when im w/ Mom ;( ;(

..i need to call Mom right now hehe ^_^

..enjoy to the fullest sweetie before Anand sit again on his throne :P

..enjoy weekend!

hugss,
-kathy-

 
At 1:28 AM, Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Hey
That is just wonderful to have your parents...Someone to take care of us, even though we know how to do it, we love the pampering our parents give us!!!!!

The sarees in the K serias...I used to keep wondering how one manages to wear such sarees with such blouses on a day to day basis!!

 
At 3:19 AM, Blogger samuru999 said...

I so enjoyed reading this especially your comment:
"Mom's lap to sleep upon everytime
I am tired after office,
face head maggages, and loads of
hugggs!(Heaven)
Priceless!

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

Madhu:- hey thx and yes am trying to make most of their trip here!

Christabelle:- Awwww..dont be homesick girl...u'll get ur mommy soon too!:-)

maya:-*finally the only ones in this world who can really truly care for us unlike any others*

So true...in fact everytime I am sick I can only remember mom coz nobody can ever take as good care of u as mom!

Ishita:- hahah..yesh ish baby..u know how it is with parents and hubby's...the best behaviour at its best!;-)

Arzoon:-Oh yeah..he showed me snaps of the "oceanice blue eyes girls" and was expecting me to be jealous..heheh! I laughed..."good choice i said":-)

Disha:- absolutely...sometimes u do get irritated with them but then u realise later they were eventually right!!

Yashita:- hahah..so am not the only one!..But hey, thats amazing that ur mom shows u the cute guy in the building!!...enjoy the oogling bit...will ya!

Raghav:- arre why not had lunch yet?..I dont forget my meals these days!;-)

Me:- Was love veg biryani was dinner...yummm!

Karmic:- Oh yes i will..will make sure I take my chance too!:-)
And hey I imagine it must be hard for u..with them not being able to travel...guess u shld make more trips to india then!

Vivhyd:- hey wow grt...well if not mom, aunts are good enugh as long as they pamper u like their own kids...its all worth it!:-))

Shubha:- oh yes shubha...somehow when u get married u get caught up in pampering the other person and forget the felling of being pampered. And when parents are ard it just feels so grt to be pampered yet again!
I Havent stepped into the kitchen or department stores for shopping ever since theyv arrived, its all taken care of!

Lil:- Awwwww girl..big huggzzzz to u! and yes those are some priceless things..to put ur head on moms lap after a tiring day of work is absolute heaven!!

Scribblez:- Hey thx girl! and well tell me abt it..wonder how they can sit at home with tonnnes of jewellery and all dressed up all the time!!!

Samuru:- Aha..am so glad u enjoyed reading it...and well it is indeed a priceless feeling to ler urself in the hands of ur parents and know they are there!

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Harjee Kapur said...

lucky lucky lucky

i miss my ma and pa already... and am hungry now :-(

let me see when i can have them over...

ummm... well they just left last week.
think i should wait?

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Num said...

Aww.
I miss home after reading this.
*sniff*
*smile*

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Boldnbeautiful said...

wow enjoying whole lot of pampering.

The maid will either end up becoming a "super maid" before they leave or quit

he he he this i have experienced
our maid once gave ultimatum unable to handle pressure

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Suji said...

That was a really cute post. Parents will always pamper us like nobody else will or can. Enjoy!!!

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Gumnaaaam said...

Good to hear Ekta ji ...
thts really good for u..
as ur previous posts kept on screaming...u desperatly needrd someone frm ur own soil right now..and there u have...someone from your soil...someone of your blood..:)

"The parents gave you this body and fostered the intelligence and love that are embedded in it; so, gratitude is their due.”

Enjoy :-)

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Ekta...
I am sure you have put on some weight!! :D
Enjoy!!!

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger starry nights said...

You are so lucky, enjoy your parents and have fun, get those head massages and hugs because when they leave u sure will miss them. its nice not to worry about cooking after working all day. I would be thinking about dinner on my way home from work and wished dinner was waiting for me.

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

harjee:- arre u miss them in one weel only!!
Looks like ur a mommy's boy:-))!!
On the other hand...enjoy the freedom u have when they'r not ard..!:-)

Num:- Awww..guess we all get nostalgic everytime we read something like this!!
Btw Welcome to the blog:-)

Bold:- oh yeah...i totally relate..too much pressure for the maid...just keeping my fingers crossed I still get to see her!!!

Suji:- yeah suji..noone EVER can pamper us like parents do..guess thats coz noone can love us like they do!

Gumnaam:- Oh yeah...that was a lovely line and yes after soo long seeing parents has been a welcome change!

Eclipsed:- Well I desparately want to and need to...but cant say if i really am putting any weight!

Starry:- Oh yes, I already feel spoilt...wonder How I am going to manage when they go back...back to the same old routine!

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

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At 9:10 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

:)

Keshi.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger Vivek Panda said...

thanx for visiting my blog !!

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Fresh Ink said...

Looks like your parents and you are having lots of fun. Sounds really great!

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Apy said...

*The thrill of sitting in the bus while returning home from office...and wondering "what would mom have cooked for dinner today"?.*

That actually reminds me of the old time.... You are having THE time of your life you lucky dame....lol... Enjoy ...

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Gangadhar said...

Such a sweet post,Ekta..

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger Why Am I said...

aww thts a sweet post:)...guess the "waiting on the bus to think of mom has cooked for dinner today" is something we take for granted until we are away from our parents!..oh yea and the K serials...wonder how mothers manage to remember the plots of each and every serial!

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger karmic_jay said...

travel...guess u shld make more trips to india then!
I go once a yr if I can, that abt the best I can manage for now.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger The Bhandari's said...

loved the post :) am experiencing tha same thing as my MIL is here with us for a month. Its really a fun and yes am hungry too and heading back to home from office in next 5 mins :)
:D
~preeti

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Anuja said...

hey, it was great to bump into you at Stanley! how long are your parents in town? let's plan a nice outing sometime, once the weather situation improves:)

cheers,
anuja

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger manish said...

Great post :-)

The bachelors face a worser situation without their parents abroad,especially when they have no hands-on experience on cooking and come up with new recipes every day (new recipes with respect to skipping the cooking part sometimes and missing out the spicing part the other times)

One more thing that parents do without fail :-- to make you realize that money is not the end to everything,so in this heat of hope of further progress,don't forget to live your life....:-)

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Fancy Laces said...

your post is so interesting, no wonder you get so much reply and an above average number of readership.

but i'm also impressed that...you are repling all your comments?

that must feel like writing another post. :)

keep the good work, and want to hear from u again.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Anoop said...

Enjoy Ekta....enjoy!!!
I miss my mom's cooking!!!

 
At 1:03 AM, Blogger White Forest said...

you bet Ekta, moma's are always ther to make things better just by their presence!

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger Stone said...

Makes me realize the importance of time spent togther!!!

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger Harish said...

Yeah...Social life. You are right. I have been away from my parents for the past 7 years except during my college holidays and when i was waiting for my company to call me up. Donno how i am going to manage :-)

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Lindsey said...

I would go insane after one full day of having my parents around! lol.

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

Keshi:- :-):-)

Vivek:- Hey my pleasure, thx for dropping by too!

Fresh:- Oh yes, Wer definately trying to have loads of fun!

Apy:- Absolutely, it actually feels just like old times!..and yes I do feel lucky right now..thx a lot girl!!

Gangadhar:- Thx a lot:-)

Why am I:- Those are some of the smaller pleasures of life!!..Well I guess they'r so hooked onto these serials that they cant help but remember each one of them!!

Thx for dropping by!

Karmic:- Of yes! I agree...Even I cant manage more than once a yr! But hey atleast once a yr is there...and when I go to India I make sure I spend enugh time with them!

The Bhandari's:- Of wow!..Guess we'r both in the same boat!..And I am having yummm breakfast right now:-)

Anuja:- hey yes babe--was a pleasant surprise...though it took me sometime to make sure it's really u! And lets defi catch up soon!!

Manish:- Oh yes Manish i know abt the bachelor thing too...things used to be very different when my parents used to visit me as a spinster...mom practically used to set up the whole kitchen then!!...and so agree with u...they always make u realise that life is beyond ur career and money!

Flora:- hey Flora..welcome and thx for dropping by!
Well guess u'll see me on ur blog more often now:-)

Anoop:- Thx anoop and yes am not missing it right now!

White:- Aha, you said it..somehow just mom's presence makes me feel like its all gonna be ok!!

Stone:- Tell me about it!!..Its amazing how these little things can make such a difference to ur lives!!

Harish:- Haha..dont worry I have been outta home too for atleats 5 yrs now and guess we all manage. Whenever ur with ur parents make most of that time and whenever ur away, make most of those days as well!

Linny:- haha..I can understand, but thankfully I havent gone insane yet--parents have been grt-touchwood!

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger southpaw said...

wah beta!!!dosa, heh!!!

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Pinks said...

dats really a sweet post....n look at me i always die to get away from my parents...thnx for visiting my space...:-))

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Twisted DNA said...

Haha. Looks like the changes parents bring are universal. We went through similar transformation when my parents arrived in the US. I agree best part is the food!

I did gripe about not having enough privacy but it's a minor inconvenience when compared to all the benifits

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger the sunflower said...

i was trying to go to Anand's wife's page and imagine my surprise when i land here!!!! i left a comment on this post a couple of days back, wondering where it disappeared!!!

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger ektaran said...

hey gurl....was it this necessary to mention about food in every line...:( that too mamma ke haath ka khana...

mujhe bhi ghar jaana hai....mumyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

n lovely..yummy post...

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Im sooooo sorry Ekta!

Keshi.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger curlzspeaks said...

Have fun and get pampered Ekta!
anyway whatcha doing in Hong Kong?
Its a fabulous place by the way ;-)!
the partying atmosphere is fantastic but expensive!@!@!

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Ekta said...

South:- heheh , yeah yeah yummy dosa;-)

Pinks:- haha well the grass is always greener on the other side..aint it!

Twisted DNA:-Oh yes...Hubby dear also complained initially abt losing privacy but then like u said...its a small price to pay!

The sunflower:- haha!..so well now uv figured it out..and yes I am his "The wife" and he is my "hubby dear";-)

Ektaran:- awwww..well not on every line..maybe every other line!
Hah sorry but dont worry..soon u'll get to eat home made food too!

Keshi:-hahah...hey chill!huggzz!

Lil:- Thx lil..well I live in HK now and moved here last yr in sept when hubby dear got a job here.Now I work too!And yes its terribly expensive but nice place to party!;-)

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger alice said...

wow...good for u...enjoy till it lasts...

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Murali said...

Hello Ekta,
I havent had the opportunity to lie on my mothers lap when I have wanted it. I lost my mother about 17 yrs back when I was in my 5th std. I lost my father 5 yrs back. Its really bad that I miss them both when I would require them and want to keep them happy. I am also based out of Singapore (for the past 4 months though) and do drop in home when u ppl are here. We (me, my wife and kid) await the sight of people, our people, here outside India. My In-laws are supposed to come but not before they mary off their son (which is becoming a reality finally)...I feel good for u here...do look after them (ur parents) now else u might repent like me later on in life when u wld need them and they r gone once and for all...

 

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