A fine adjustment

Gita and Nakul had a love marriage and had known each other since their college days. Nakul used to follow Gita in the college compound and wasn’t perturbed by her cold shoulder. Then when one day, Gita agreed to talk to him, both understood that this would go a long way. They started by talking about anything and everything under the sun and later would share their notes as well. They got married soon after.

But now after five years, things had changed drastically. Nakul was in a high profile job while Gita engaged herself with a few NGOs and used to work from home. They could hardly find time for each other. They had a son, Pramit whom they loved to the moon and back. Everything was going well till one day when Nakul’s father suffered a heart attack and passed away and it was decided that Nakul’s mother would come to stay with them. Gita was a bit sceptical about this but didn’t raise her voice as they were under mourning.

Soon enough, mother-in-law arrived with all her belongings and settled in the house. After the initial mourning and low mood, she reverted to her own self and started giving orders around the house, as usual. Gita was aware of the advice and orders but couldn’t do much about it, result being that she started getting grumpy at the drop of the hat. Sometimes she did try to make her mother-in-law understand that this was her house and she rules the roost but she couldn’t.

One day when her mother-in-law scolded the house help badly for not doing a task properly, then Gita raised the issue with Nakul that his mom is interfering a bit too much. Nakul understood and told his mom to take a backseat now as Gita was capable of handling things on her own. As a result of this, she did sit back for a couple of days but soon was back to her old ways. Gita couldn’t handle it anymore and made a plan to visit her own mom for a few days. Nakul took a promise from her that she will be back within a week’s time as they needed her.

That day when Nakul and her mom were alone, they started chatting and Nakul had to mention that she needed to stay within her self-defined boundaries and needed to gel well with Gita. She was oblivious of the fact that Gita had to take a break because of her. So now when Gita was not around she understood her importance in the house. On the other hand, Gita’s mom told her that there needs to be a fine adjustment in her relationship with her mother-in-law and her because after all she was her hubby’s mom. In this case, if Gita needed to take a step back, it is fine. That day Gita slept nicely because she understood that her own mom was mature enough to understand the issue and then give advice rather than provoke her. A fine adjustment is what she was looking forward to now once she was back home!

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