How to love a woman

How to love a woman

A Story by Ashwin Shanker
"

There is only one way to do it.

"


Today, after the gazillionth fight over the phone with my girl, I just got fed up;

The longer I kept arguing with her, the more I realised that I was just adding more petrol to the raging fire. 

When I hung up, four missed calls popped up, all from my mom in the last one hour that I was talking to my girl.
 
I called my mom, and told her about my girl, explaining why the line was busy the whole time.
I ranted,"Mom, women baffle me so much. They say one thing but mean another, want one thing, but they point at another. It is so damn confusing to figure out what do they want?"
She chuckled; it was music to my ears and would always bring a smile to my face even at the worst of times.
It felt so nice that I could make her smile, even though the joke is on me. 
 
"To begin with, she would appreciate it if you were a bit more sensitive to her emotional needs.
Make it a point to call her back promptly because she may not be as patient or as understanding as I am."

"Hehe, Yeah mom, you're right. But tell me, how do they expect us to treat them?"
She thought for a while, then she came the lecture as usual, but this time, whatever she said was unforgettable. 
 
"Treat her like your cousin, how you shared all your toys with her, you always wanted to see her dimpled smile and wouldn't mind sacrificing your costliest toy to get a glimpse of it.

Treat her like your aunt, see her as someone greater than myself. You call your aunt ‘Velliama’ (translated in Malayalam as ‘elder mother’) Let her be on a higher pedestal, let her feel special.  

Treat her like your sibling, whom you can tease, or play pranks with, but at the end of the day, let her feel reassured that you would never leave her side and that she could always lean on your shoulders.

Treat her like your grandma, to rest your head on her lap and listen to her stories patiently.
You never know, she would be just feeling lonely and looking for someone to have a conversation with. 

Last but not the least, look at her the way you look at me, worship the divinity in her because, someday she would become a mother like me and perhaps have the misfortune *Chuckles* to have a son like you."
 
"Mom, can you cut all this philosophical stuff and give me a straight answer." 

"No, I can't be more elaborate than this!"

"Ok, then you're not helping... Bye, and please send me some money, I am broke."

"Ask your dad, bye, love you."

"Yeah yeah". I hung up. 
 
It was good that we had this conversation over the phone, she didn't see the tears that slowly moistened my eyes; not because of what she said, because I missed her so badly and couldn't find words to express that.  
 
The End

© 2017 Ashwin Shanker



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Thank you for sharing. Have you written this story only in this version? No mistake this is fine, very workmanlike. There may be other ways to tell the same tale, other ways that open different insights to the characters and the effect upon the reader. Just a thought.

Posted 4 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

4 Months Ago

Thank you for the review.



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I really like your mothers advice. Pretty smart lady!

Posted 1 Month Ago


how nice. A woman being compared to so many dimensions. well told in a few words. Clever, unique. unprecedented.

Good work!

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

1 Month Ago

My Bhagwan OSHO once said, "women are meant to be loved, not understood" ... I try and stick to that.. read more
This was so sweet and heart warming to read. My mom would probably agree with most of this. Loved reading this. Great Work

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

1 Month Ago

Thank you very much for your review Maria
Maria

1 Month Ago

Your welcome
Very sweet, she'd be a lucky woman.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

1 Month Ago

She is ... I have to add ;)
Thank you for sharing. Have you written this story only in this version? No mistake this is fine, very workmanlike. There may be other ways to tell the same tale, other ways that open different insights to the characters and the effect upon the reader. Just a thought.

Posted 4 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

4 Months Ago

Thank you for the review.
This was a great story and it almost made me cry seeing a relationship from the guy's perspective.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

OH YES I enjoyed this story! Bravissimo. ~Sharon

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Nice! The grammar is better than the last time I read your work, there are only little things now.

One thing I noticed: At the very beginning there's a lot of repetition, you could cut down on it. E.g.:
'When I hung up, four ...' You repeat 'hung up' and the fact that the narrator was talking to his girl. Why re-state these facts when we just read about them?

I really like the advice of the mother - it's very true and well stated. In that part, the repetition of words works really well because it serves a point.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

7 Months Ago

Thank you for the review Kathrin, I made the note and have changed it in the story.
I gave a 100 because this by far is the best understanding of how to love a woman even though in ur shoes I would have said the same! Well done! I'm enlightened by your words! Thank you
As a final note I will leave a word from my work 'MY BOREDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE'
....If a man looks upon a woman and finds love for her in that moment she is the love of his life and who is to say that single moment is not all he has.....


Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

7 Months Ago

Wow... Great line. Let me check out your work for more on this.
This is beautiful... And as a woman, I completely agree with the mother figure in this piece as her answer is really all it should take to make and keep another happy. Man or woman. All we crave is a little tender or playful attention, a little sharing and reassurance from those we love. Signs that we care and deeply so. Such much to love in this little story of yours, Ashan. The close to this piece was beautiful because of something that I had seen, something that you may not have intended to show, but the tears in his eyes in the missing of his mother... The irony... Of loving a woman enough to weep be they our mothers, our cousins, our aunts and grandmothers. Just the girl on the other end of the line. Beautifully executed. And so sincere.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ashwin Shanker

8 Months Ago

Yes, often we struggle to find the words which can truly express our love for our mother. I used to .. read more
Ashwin Shanker

8 Months Ago

Yes, often we struggle to find the words which can truly express our love for our mother. I used to .. read more

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Ashwin Shanker
Ashwin Shanker

Calicut, Kerala, India



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I am 25 years old, copywriter working at Mullen Lowe Lintas Group, Mumbai. I love writing and have been doing the same since six-years-old. I am a huge fan of communities of writers who support eac.. more..

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