Unhelpful Mother

Yesterday, I went to the local photo studio for some job and a woman entered the shop behind me. A housewife from a well to do family and had arrived in a brand new car. But her request left me flabbergasted. Her kid had got holiday homework from school to visit the historic monuments of India, which he had not done. So she wanted the photographer to take a few pictures of the boy and then superimpose it digitally over the photographs of Qutub Minar, Red Fort etc such that it would seem the boy had visited these places. And she was ready to pay 2000 bucks for 6 photos.

When I asked her why she hadn’t taken the boy out, her reply was that there are other interesting things to do than go and look at old buildings. She had time to take her kid out for shopping in malls, had taken him to water parks and theme parks, showed him movies in the 2 month-long break, but felt that the history and culture of the country was of no importance.

And what will the child learn? He will learn that money can mend all wrongs and he will have no respect for his country and its glorious history. And then when he grows up, he will curse the country and go out in search of dollars.

I don’t feel she was helping her son in any way.

6 Responses to “Unhelpful Mother”
  1. tangyorangesour says:

    we live in a world where love is divided by hate…

  2. Raju Bist says:

    What a mother! She is definitely inculcating wrong values in him.

  3. Prerna Munshi says:

    A tech-savvy mom , I must say!
    Well, jokes apart , she does inculcate some wrong values in her kid by this practice of hers!!

  4. Purba says:

    For many education is just a formality, not many take it seriously.

    Loved your post.

  5. Prateek says:

    @Tangy: I thought love was extinct
    @Raju Bist: I wanted to name the post “Bad Mother”
    @Prerna: Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you here again.
    @Purba: True. And they hardly use the learning for any good.

  6. Sapna says:

    Was theboy there with her then?

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