“Express Yourself”, she said; but when I did, she Gagged me!

When I was little and when I wasn’t the mummified and bandaged Anandhotep, Mom would bring me crayons and drawing sheets and say, “Express yourself!”

Now when I draw, paint, and express myself, Mom rolls her eyes and says, “time na khoti kar, puttar!” (Don’t waste your time, Son!)


When I was a cute, cuddly, and healthy little roly-poly boy with a double chin and a tubby tummy, Mom would play the song, “I am a Disco Dancer”, ask me to dance, and say, “Express yourself!”

Now when I play the song Papa kehte hain bada naam karega (Daddy says, my son will make me proud,) and sing along to express myself,  Mom switches it off and snickers, “Kuch dhang ka kaam kar leyin?” (why don’t you do something useful instead?)


I think sometime during the last twenty years, my mom has been replaced by her doppelgänger!

Note: The word “healthy” is an Indian Euphemism for fat.

Written in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Express Yourself!.”

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34 Responses to “Express Yourself”, she said; but when I did, she Gagged me!

  1. NJ says:

    ha ha 😀 Parent’s and their logic’s 😛 you can’t disagree with them 😛 and how could you forgot the famous Indian dialogue “Har cheez ke liye ek umar hoti hai..beta ” 😛

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  2. I think I love your daddy right now 😉 Note this! Mother wants the very best for her roly-poly Puttar! :):)

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  3. Uday says:

    Me reading newspaper.
    THEN: My son reads The Hindu from end to end and he’s just 8!! #proud
    NOW: My son behaves like a politician every morning, reading the newspaper from end to end, when he could be helping me out in the kitchen.

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    • Anand says:

      Absolutely. #Proud and #boastful. Your Mom thinks you should help her in the kitchen?! My Mom gives me those killer looks if I even dare to prepare a cup of tea myself.


  4. Nadine says:

    Parents can’t live without them, can’t live with them

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Arpita says:

    Haha! Point well made.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lula Harp says:

    Be assured the euphemism “healthy” means the same in the U.S.

    Liked by 1 person

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