Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 1 JUNE 2018


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Post No. 5067


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The following anecdote is the proof; I will narrate it very briefly.


A newly married couple enjoyed their life for the first one year and there came a thorn in the beautiful rose plant- that is the mother in law thorn! The thorn became sharper and stronger every time the husband called his wire @  Hi, Honey!”.


Mother in law was boiling when he heard her son saying, ‘Hi Honey I have never tasted such a tasty food in my life’ (about her cooking). Now the jealousy mother in law was fed with more fuel. She used all that fuel to torture her daughter in law. Every evening when her son came back from the office she boy’s mother submitted a list of the ‘crimes’ she did on that day; but he never listened to them; just ignored his mother.

In the meantime, the torture of mother in law went beyond the tolerance level and so the daughter in law approached a spiritual Guru. Guru listened to her patiently and said to her,

“This is no problem; I have solved lot of cases like yours. I will give a bottle of medicine. But keep it away from children; it is a slow killing poison; it will solve the problem in nine months; just add one drop of this medicine to her favourite food. and it is absolutely free. You may come to my Ashram whenever you need my help”.


She was very happy and literally snatched the medicine from the Guru and was about to rush outside. Guru called her and said to her there two important conditions which she must strictly follow them:

  1. She must prostrate to her Mother in Law every morning and cook her favourite dish

2.She must ask her the favourite dish and then cook it.

Guru told her to pretend like a very kind and caring person so that mother in law wont suspect her. Daughter in law said to swamiji:-


“Guru! you don’t need to worry about me. I have been watching  lot of T V Serials and films; So I can easily act like a good girl.”


Months went by. The mother in law started praising her sky high to every one who visited the house. Friends of the daughter in law phoned her and asked about the secret potion which made her mother in law soft. But she did not tell anyone the 9 month project.

One day mother in law called her daughter in law and praised her as ‘Maha Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth)’, most beautiful girl she ever saw and her son was lucky to get her. She also whispered into her ear that she asked her son to give her a diamond necklace very soon. She sent her old jewellery for recycling into a diamond necklace.

Now the daughter in aw felt very guilty for mixing the slow killing poison in her food. Next day she ran to Guru’s ashram and started talking. Guru interrupted, “I knew everything; the medicine is working very well; she will have to wait for a few more months to finish her off”.


But the girl said, No, Guruji, I don’t want to kill my mother in law.

Guu said to her that he cant stop it half way through. It would create more problems for her, because the poison has already started working. When she felt sad, Guru promised her to give her a better medicine which will make her happier and take away her guilt after ‘project mother in law’ finish . Half heartedly she went back.

In course of time, she got her diamond necklace  and there was a big function to celebrate her birth day—it was a surprise party!


Now she felt guiltier. Next day she ran to her Guru and told him in stronger terms. She even threated the Guru that if he did not stop the slow killing poison she would commit suicide on the day her mother in law dies and both the sins would come to the Guru.

As soon as the Guru heard this, he burst into laughter.- Big laughter- It went through the roof. And he said

Hello, my girl! your mother in law will never die; she will for long. The medicine—the slow killing poison- was nothing but sugar syrup. The real medicine was given to you (the girl)  in the form of two conditions to prostrate to mother in law every morning and cook her favourite dish. Actually, that was the medicine which worked very well”. Saying this, Guru gave her Kunkum, flowers and blessings to her.

Tears of Joy rolled over her cheek. She couldn’t speak a single word.

Be the change you wish to see in others- Mahatma Gandhi.

( This story was told by Mr M K Angajan in a spiritual talk held yesterday in London; I have given it in my words)



Compiled by London Swaminathan 


Date: 10 May 2018


Time uploaded in London – 7-33 am (British Summer Time)


Post No. 4996


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One of the witticisms of Lord Russel of Killowen was his answer to a question from a distinguished counsel who asked what the heaviest penalty for bigamy was.

Two mothers-in-law, said Russel promptly.


Grand Canyon!

When Marshal Foch visited the Grand Canyon, Colonel John R.White, who spoke French fluently, hung breathlessly on Marshall’s words as he turned to him after a long scrutiny of the depths below.

Now, thought the colonel, I shall hear something worthy of passing along to my children and my grand children.

Observed the Marshal, What a beautiful place to drop one’s mother in law!



Cato, the Elder!

Roman Senator Cato, the Elder (243 BCE) , having buried his wife married a young woman. His son came and to him and said,

Sir, in what have I offended that you have brought a step-mother in to your house?

Nay, son, answered the old man,

Quite the contrary; you please me so well that I should be glad to have more such.



Loyalty is too dangerous!

Loyalty sometimes proves embarrassing. A case in point is that of the wife whose husband was unusually late, who wired to five of his friends,

Jack not home. Is he spending night with you?

The unfortunate Jack arrived home shortly afterwards, and was followed by five telegrams all saying YES!


No sympathy is needed!

I have no sympathy, bellowed the judge, for a man who beats his wife.

That is right your Honor, said the policeman who stood beside the culprit ,

Any man who can beat his wife don’t need Sympathy.



A man, being suspected of impotency, met a friend one day, who had railed him on it, to whom he said,

My good Sir, for all your wit, my wife was yesterday brought to bed.

What of that, said his friend, nobody ever suspected your wife.


Hen pecked Husbands!

Well, said Lincoln, on a certain occasion, I feel about that a good deal as a man whom I will call Jones whom I once knew, did about his wife. He was one, and had the reputation of being badly hen pecked. At last one day his wife was seen switching him out of the house. A day or two after, a man met him in the street and said,

Jone, I have always stood up for you, as you know; but I am not going to do it any longer. Any man who stood quietly and take a switching from his wife deserves to be horseworshipped.

Jones looked up with a wink, patting his friend on the back.

Now, don’t, said he; why it didn’t hurt me any: and you have no idea what a power of good it did Sarah Ann!

xxx Subham xxx

Mother in Law becomes a Donkey! Tamil Folk Tale (Post No.4585)

Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 5 JANUARY 2018


Time uploaded in London- 20-56


Post No. 4585

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There are over 20,000 proverbs in Tamil language; hundreds of them have beautiful stories behind them. One interesting story about a mother in law is based on a popular proverb – ‘As the time went by Mother in Law became a donkey!’ (Vara vara maamiyaar Kazuthai pola Aaanaalam)


The story is as follows:

There lived a couple in a village. Ammanji had a wife by name Vallala Kandi. The very name of the woman shows that she was an unruly woman; a bad- tempered woman. There were always shouts and fights in the house. The man’s name show that he was a naïve man. Both of them had their mothers living with them. They also fought with one another.

Ammanji’s mother got fed up with what was happening inside the house. One day Amannji’s mother ran away from home and took shelter in a temple far away from the madding crowd. Since it was dark nobody noticed her departure.


During mid night, Goddess Kali in the temple started for a city round. She saw this old woman and asked what brought her to the temple. She explained everything happening at home. Kali was very kind towards her and told her she would be alright if she ate the mango fruit. Saying so Goddess gave her a mango fruit.


In the meantime, Ammanji got worried about her mother went in search of her at the first light of the day. Someone told him that he saw an old woman in the Kali temple. Ammanji ran to the temple and came to know everything happened in the night. Ammanji was given the fruit but he refused and insisted his mother should eat it. She ate it and had a piggy back ride on her son Ammaanji. He was feeling her rough skin; but as the time went by, he felt smoother and smoother skin. He turned back and was wonderstruck when he saw his mother. She looked younger now. When she went home, he saw her completely  changed and became a young woman. Ammanji, his wife and mother in law couldn’t believe their own eyes.


Ammanji’s wife was a bit jealous and planned something in her mind. Next day she told her mother—Ammanji’s mother in law – – to run away from home. She did so and took shelter in the same temple. Kali appeared before her asked her the reason. When she told Kali about her ‘sufferings’, Kali knew that it was a lie. But Kali gave her a mango fruit and told her everything would change  when she eat the fruit. She hurriedly ate the mango.

In the meantime Ammanji’s wife became very anxious and persuaded her son to go out and look for her mother. Ammanji came straight to the temple and met her mother in law. By the time he came there, she finished eating her mango fruit.


As before, Ammanji offered her a lift home. She had a piggy back ride. To Ammanji’s surprise the body weight of the lady slowly increased and her skin became rougher and rougher. When he turned back, he saw a lady with a donkey’s face; He tried very hard to supress his laughter. When they reached home, he didn’t see his mother in law at all, but only a donkey. Ammanji and his mother were happy. Ammanji’s wife and mother in law were sad.


This gave birth to a proverb, “As the time goes by mother in law became a donkey”.