What do you say when…

You decide to get dressed up and put on the diamonds your husband gave you when the fruit of your womb and his loins decided to make an appearance. And wonder whether you need police escort. And you pull out a heavy duty designer genius brocade and tissue patchwork top with copper accents bought from fancy store with salespersons with personal pedicurists. And dig out the exact pair of matching python copper slipons that you almost hawked your life savings to buy because you got it on sale, or would have never ever bought at full price.

And top the look with a pair of well fitting pale blue jeans from Next for that slight touch of rebellion against the matching matching you have forced on yourself in a bid to be yummy mummy at a function where you will no doubt be assaulted by many yummy mummies, this being annual day at school.

And your mother looks at you top to bottom, curls her lips disapprovingly, and says, “You couldn’t find anything to wear that didn’t make you look like a quilt?”


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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17 Responses to What do you say when…

  1. manisha says:

    aaah – mothers!!!


  2. Momstir says:

    You tell mom you don’t have anything else and let her take you out shopping!!


  3. sraikh says:

    I like the reply above.
    Your outfit sounds beautiful.


  4. M says:

    LOL…mothers! Mine usually adds mutters about paying good money for clothing made from blouse leftovers, and if I really wanted, I could have rummaged through her rag bag etc. 🙂



  5. Kodi's Mom says:

    i’d say – post a picture & we’ll make you feel better 😀


  6. Gayatri says:

    ha! Mommy’s comments can sometimes be brutally honest 😉
    What’s worse is when my mommy makes a comment like that, I actually agree with her :-p


  7. Parul says:

    Bursting into tears is a viable option.


  8. V says:

    Your outfit sounds awesome!! well, you can’t please ’em all,can u?


  9. manpreet says:

    He actually said that??
    I am amazed at his poetic sense, hehehe.
    I m being nasty but
    he has a good sense of images i must say.


  10. Solilo says:

    Will it make me cruel if I say that I laughed reading this? 😐


  11. Sue says:


    My poor lady K! Mothers, I tell you. She’s looked down her disapproving nose at some of my spiffiest looks and nowadays just says I show too much skin for her to be able to actually get beyond it and appreciate the outfit. I say I’m making up for her own coverall tactics. Balancing the universe, you know.


  12. not commenting on what you wrote, commenting on something else entirely… found a mention of india help and you on page two of HT today.. had to stop by to congratulate u.. cudnt find an online link..(HT doesnt have an epaper, god know why!)else wud have put that down for ya. congratulations again!!


  13. dipali says:

    Photo pliss- then I’ll tell you whether or not your mom said something
    true in the eyes of the above fifty folks:)


  14. Solilo says:

    Mandira: HT has one I think you need to register. I may be wrong.

    Congratulations Kiran!


  15. Abha says:

    yes! we need a picture to take sides! :p

    my mom usually finds size of my earings intimidating! and me, I love em! :p



  16. Kiran Manral says:

    Mandira: You sure twas HT, I think it was the TOI…. Sunday edition. Page 2. Its online…read about it on indiahelps.blogspot.com.


  17. errr….now u have me confused.. sunday is the day when we get both papers..otherwise it just HT at our place.. but no, im quite certain it was HT…umm… i think….


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