5 Desi Habits of Pakistani Mothers
Norms and values vary from culture to culture. Just as the traditions that are followed generation after generation, there are some habits that are found in nearly every Pakistani family. Pakistani mothers have a lot in common. For instance, they love storing the leftover food in the fridge in Ice-cream box, and almost every household has the Royal Dansk box (remember that blue and golden one?) with Sui Dhaga in it. The list is quite long and here I am sharing some of the top Desi things that our mothers love to do. Take a look!
The Dabbas are Mothers’ First Love
I am sure it’s not just my mother who loves every single Dabba kept in the kitchen more than me and my siblings. Mothers do have this infinite love and a special kind of emotional attachment with the dabbas. And if, if you forget your’s in the office or university, may God have mercy on you because your mother will surely not!
Never happened to you? You never forgot your lunch box in the office? Or you gave something to a friend who never returned the box? If anything like this ever happens, you lose your mother’s trust for good, and I am pretty sure she will never forget nor forgive. Likewise, if you accidentally break a plate from the dinner set that she brought in dowry, nobody on earth can save you from her wrath. And this sentiment is common among the mothers across the whole nation.
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Sucking the Life Out of Toothpaste
The commodities of daily use like soap and toothpaste are our parent’s favorite and they can’t just let them go. A soap bar, when about to finish is stacked with a new one so that it is not wasted. And for toothpaste tubes, mothers’ love is even stronger. In almost every house, there is a nearly empty toothpaste tube kept on the washroom shelves and nobody is allowed to throw it. Even if its 99 % empty, your parents will not allow you to trash it and get a new one until the last drop of the paste inside is used. These fully squeezed tubes of toothpaste are like trademarks of our desi families and you will find them in nearly every Pakistani house.
Don’t believe me? Go to your washroom and you will find one there!
Beating the Hell out of TV Remote
Silly fights among the siblings over remote control of the television are common in every household. Another thing that is more common, particularly in our desi families is, we don’t like changing the batteries of the remote. Mothers believe in giving them another chance and keep on trying to revive the batteries so that they don’t have to buy new ones.
Haven’t your mom tried the same? Hitting the backside of the remote on the palm to give a CPR like treatment is what all Pakistani Mothers do as a last try to save them.
Treating Guest as a God
Our mothers treat guests as some superstar and present them with the best of the best things that no one in the house is allowed to have. Only the guests get the privilege of eating in new and expensive crockery. Similarly, no matter how many new bed sheets or branded soft pillows you buy, you cannot use them until you are expecting some guests. Our mothers never allow us to use any nice thing for ourselves. They always say things like:
- Ye to MEHMANOON Walay Bartan Hain
- Beta ye Tea Set AAM ISTAMAL K leay Nahi Hai, Koi Aay Ga to Nikaal Lyna
- Ye Bedsheet NA Bichaao, Ye tmharay JAHEEZ mn Rakhni hai
And the list continues. It is like we deserve no respect and nice things in our house. Every good quality thing is for the guests and we aren’t supposed to use them.
Value Addition By Adding Water
Lassi is like a national beverage (of course, after chai) and every desi family loves having it in summers. Another thing that is common among our Pakistani mothers is, they have the miraculous capability of transforming one glass of Lassi into a whole bucket. How they do it? Simply by adding water. Likewise, this value addition is done to the shampoos. Whenever a shampoo bottle is about to finish, they add some water, dilute the residual shampoo to make it last for a couple of days more. And interestingly, they call it an effective money-saving strategy.
”Aur Sunaao?”: Good Byes are Never Easy for Pakistani Mothers
Last but not the least; our mothers can literally spend hours standing at the main gate talking to the neighboring aunty. Most of the times, neither she will come, nor your mom will go to her house. But, both will be comfortable gossiping about anything and everything while standing at the door. The same happens when they see-off the guests. The last-minute talks at the gate can extend to hours.
All Pakistani moms are more or less the same. I am sure you must have observed the same habits in your house. Haven’t you? Do you have some more interesting habits to share? Do give your feedback!