Call her the best mom-in-law in Bangalore
September 23, 1997
Web posted at: 12:04 a.m. EDT (0004 GMT)
BANGALORE, India (CNN) -- Some of the acclaimed women of
Bangalore recently took to a stage for a unique contest.
There was no strutting in high heels and skimpy swimwear by
these women, though.
Gentleness, respect and an easy smile seem to be the top
qualities for Bangalore's "Mother-in-Law 1997" award.
This year, that honor went to Satyabhama, a mother-in-law who
says she takes an active role in helping her daughter-in-law
with her housekeeper duties.
"I take care of the kids and the household work when my
daughter-in-law goes off to work," 60-year-old Satyabhama
said. Like some Indians of the Tamil minority, she goes by
Wearing a colorful, shoulder-wrapped sari, Satyabhama
described her relationship with her daughter-in-law as very
"I also help my grandchildren in their studies," Satyabhama
The contest was sponsored by the Bangalore-based Guild of
Women Achievers, a group seeking to highlight positive
aspects of family relationships with such awards and
ceremonies, according to founder Chaya Srivatsa.
One purpose of the ceremony is to give daughters-in-law an
outlet to praise their husband's mothers, she said.
"There are lots of cases of positive relations but only the
negative side is highlighted," she said.
The contest, currently in its second year, will be a step
toward changing that, she said.