When Mothers Attack: A Survivor’s Tale


When Mothers Attack: A Survivor’s Tale

Illustration: Akshita Monga


am a single girl in my 20s, living on my own in Bombay, away from the daily aegis of my parents. Most people call me brave for having the courage to feebly watch half my salary go down the very deep pockets of my landlord every month without shedding a single tear, and lucky for tasting triumph over the much reviled brokers of the city and finding a house to call my own.

I, on the other hand, like to think of myself as a survivor for remembering to do laundry every week, for buying groceries before I end up starving, and most importantly for not burning my house down. But, when it comes to my mother, sitting at home in faraway Calcutta, none of this is enough to warrant her approval.