Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saas, mother-in-law

A mother-in-law is always a much maligned figure, but in the Indian context, most of it is justified. Long after he’s grown up, his mother remains the most influential person in a man’s life, and almost every saas feels it is the duty of her bahu to defer to her on everything. 

The saas is often the prime instigator in cases of bride burning and bride harassment, and even when not that overt, the saas often tries to dictate how the bahu dresses, and how she ‘behaves’. 

Yes, there are exceptions. But you wouldn’t find them in movies or soap-operas.
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described.  In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a  drabble of exactly 100 words.


Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha -I'd always heard that that was what a saas is like, but wasn't sure that what I heard was the truth. It's so sad when people abuse what could be such a good relationship. I'm blessed to have a wonderful saas myself.

Elise Fallson said...

Sounds like a very difficult position to be in until it becomes your turn to be sass. Thanks for sharing and happy A-Z blogging!

Chuck said...

Saas involved in bride burning??? No wonder mother-in-laws get such a bad rap!

Saumya said...

Ah, this is unfortunately too true. I hope this changes with time...

Sharkbytes said...

Great theme, and an interesting post. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at


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