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Sunday, June 1, 2003

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Working towards a harmonious relationship

This refers to Meera Malikís article "It is time to re-invent mother-in-law" (May 11). The writer says it is the duty of the mother-in-law to accept her daughters-in-law as her own child. How many daughters-in-law have ever tried to accept their mothers-in-law as their mothers? One- sided warmth, affection and cooperation can never be successful in maintaining a harmonious relationship. Is it not the responsibility of a daughter-in-law to maintain harmony with her mother-in-law?

SUMIT SABHARWAL, Hoshiarpur

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Both the mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law owe it to each other to become good friends. The wisdom and experience of the older woman and the vigour and pragmatism of the younger one could enrich the relationship. Some mothers-in-law are overpossessive about their sons while some daughters-in-law are unable to adjust to the fact that now after marriage they are blesssed with a mother-in-law ó their "new mother", whom they should give the same regard as they gave to their own mothers.

ONKAR CHOPRA, New Delhi

 

Letter writing

This referís to Darshan Singh Mainiís "Romance of writing letters" (May 4). Letter writing is truly a romance ó a romance with pen and paper that often results in a soul relation with the one for whom you put your pen to paper. Letter writing is a more effective way to give vent to buried emotions. Since nearly the last nine months I have been writing to my pen-friends with whom I have built the most intimate relationship. While communicating over telephones or even face-to-face we just let our tongue to speak, but it is in the letter where our heart speaks.

GEETA GUPTA, Ambala City

Edit your words before speaking

The write up "Edit your words before speaking" by R.C. Sharma (May 18) should be taken as a lesson on social behaviour by young and old. Rightly chosen words have a pleasing effect while negative ones can generate enmity. We must learn to listen to the other person without interrupting and with utmost patience. Our speech should be couched in sincerity, courtesy and humour.

TILAK LAROIYA, S.A.S. Nagar

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