My mom stays with me every year and this is one of the first year we have our own house . Its kind of amazing and deeply satisfying when your parents stay with you in your house.
No more “reach home by 8 PM” 🙂 ..May be that still holds true..
I bought several things for my mom but here are things that have been immensely invaluable to make them feel like home
I short , pura paisa vasool 🙂
You want to make your parent feel like home and more important ” Entertain them some way ” ,
Otherwise they will run away to India OR if they stay , you will have to hear this dialogues many times a day like
“yaha to culture hi nahi hia”
“India me kitne log dikhete hia , yaha to dikhte hia nahi”
“tum log yaha ake Indian culture bhool gaye ho ”
Here you go from most useful on top to less useful in bottom
Plastic Step Tool
Most indian women are short and american home are just no made for them . My mom would constantly call me
Beta , can you help me get that stupid jar from top shelf , Jar that has one of the fancy dals that you rarely use , Its so rare that even you forgot you got that from that Patel brothers.
This stool is a big savior , Its get used heavily in our household, My mom likes it so much , she uses it to sit down to do puja . My wife uses it to put replace bulbs .
It also is non slip .
Something similar is available in India from rubber maid .HERE
Balti Balti and Mug
From the day 1 since she came, she has been pestering me get it for her . I finally got her .
Space Heater and FAN
My mom is always cold , even in full summer she feels cold , I got her this personal heater and life has been good. Its intolerable for us normal human being to be in her room, since its so hot but whatever works for her .
On similar note , some days she wanted fan , not heater , she is weird, so I have get her this fan .
Vonage and this Dect Phone
First I tried to get my mom to download vonage extensions and call India but it did not work out , So now I just bought this dect phone . We already had vonage , its just that we did not connect land line ., Me and my wife use vonage extensions to call India , so I just connected vonage adapter to phone and bingo ..Now my mom stays busy talking to her relatives in India
Its not a phone, its intercom hotline , news get to India much faster now :), and followed up by unnecessary discussion about the situation , sometimes they even did not know the subject of the discussion.
Netflix and any laptop
We have a family account and I gave my mom laptop along with netflix access , now she stays quite busy . One good recommendation that we discovered recently , watch rabindranath tagore short stories, they are beautiful and captivating specially the first one , choker bali, very beautiful choreography set around kolkatta .
Give her this chromebook , Now my mom is on facebook and stalks all of us and my friends 🙂 .
Here are some cheap laptops people buy before going to India
Bluetooth Wireless speakers
I recently bought these speakers so that my mom can enjoy showers listening to bhakti and devotional songs , Its water proof and has suction cup , amazing isn’t it .
My mom is just like me , Big tea addict , I got her this tea maker so that she can boil water in her own room and this tea warmer so that she can keep the tea hot while talking to her friends in India . My mom is so social ,she has many more friends that we do . We are so jealous of her busy schedule , When we look at our ca lender , its empty like Donald trump’s brain .
Indoor 4 Line Clothesline
My mom needs to wash her clothes daily, yes daily and hang them too even if we have the best washer and dryer ..Why ..still don’t understand but here is nice indoor clothesline
Other Things to keep her busy ,
We got plants and she now plants all kind of vegetables in our backyard . We not have fresh supplies of chili etc
Here is a pic from backyard
My mom cooks a lot and it always start with putting oil in pan, here are nice dispensers that I found very useful.
—> Ask her to water lawn /plants , somehow its very relaxing and rejuvenating.
—> I have written in details why you should buy Instapot , A Must
—-> You need to have this Indian mixer with small pot for chutnies and stuff
—-> Casserole for rotis