Daughter versus Daughter-in-law : A Story for “PATRIARCHAL FEMINISTS” 

Source: Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: Story for “PATRIARCHAL FEMINISTS” : Blow Hot Blow Cold

Link to my original post in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal:


Humor in Family Life
A Story


It was a hot and humid summer afternoon in a sea facing flat on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

A young woman was unable to bear the stifling hot climate.

So – she switched on the Air-Conditioner in the room to cool off a bit.

Her mother-in-law came into the room.

She hated her daughter-in-law.

The mother-in-law saw her daughter-in-law relaxing in cool comfort.

The old woman could not tolerate the sight of her daughter-in-law sitting in comfort.

So – the mother-in-law shouted at her daughter-in-law sarcastically:

“You think you are a Maharani (Empress) or something? Just look at the way you are sitting in such style – with the Air-Conditioner full blast – all for yourself. Who is going to pay the huge electricity bill – your father..?”

“I am feeling hot,” the daughter-in-law said.

“Hot…? You are feeling hot…? What do you mean you are feeling hot? It is not hot at all – just open the window – and let the cool sea breeze in,” the mother-in-law shouted.

The young woman moved to open the windows.

The mother-in-law looked at the daughter-in-law and commanded her:

“Shut off the Air-Conditioner at once. You should not unnecessarily put on the Air-Conditioner. Electricity costs money. Besides sitting in an Air-Conditioned room is not good for your health. You must get used to the climate and you must learn to adapt with nature!”

Scared of her mother-in-law – the hapless young woman had no choice but to obey her commands.

The young woman switched off the Air-Conditioner.

She sat in the hot room – sweating and sweltering in the oppressive heat.


Suddenly – the young woman’s sister-in-law (her husband’s sister) arrived on a surprise visit.

The mother-in-law was overjoyed to see her darling daughter whom she adored.

She could not bear to see her own daughter “suffering” in the heat.

So – the woman turned towards her daughter-in-law – and she scolded her daughter-in-law:

“What are you doing just sitting there…? Why have you opened those windows…? Can’t you see that hot air is coming in…? And why is the Air-Conditioner switched off in this oppressive heat…? Close the windows immediately and switch on the Air-Conditioner at once. Do you want my delicate daughter to suffer a heat-stroke…?”

Then – the woman turned to her darling daughter.

She stroked her daughter’s hair – and she said lovingly to her daughter:

“My poor dear it is so hot here and how you suffer in this terrible heat. You must take care and protect yourself from the harsh vagaries of nature…!”

Seething inside – but silently complying with her mother-in-law’s instructions – the bewildered daughter-in-law said to herself:
“What a miracle indeed…? Wonder of wonders…! Have you ever seen a room with such a variable climate…? Yes – the same room – where the wind simultaneously blows hot and blows cold from the windows – yes – a room with a variable climate where it is hot and cold at the same time…!”
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Updated version of my story BLOW HOT BLOW COLD written many years ago and earlier posted online in my creative writing blogs at urls:http://creative.sulekha.com/doub… and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/201…  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/201… etc

Now Re-Posted by Vikram Karve at 11/01/2015 12:26:00 PM

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