Jessila Suresh

A Chef in Waiting

Married at an early age, Jessila was fortunate to get a good mother-in-law who moulded her into a good housewife. Being a good cook, she has started her own catering business which adds to the family finances.

I was married to a 21 year old boy in the year 1975, when I was just 16 years old. I had only completed my class 10 while my husband was a B. Tech student in his 3rd year. I was the only child of my working parents. They pampered me, yet, at the same time, they were strict. They taught me the importance of our culture, respecting elders and being obedient.

My husband is the youngest in his family. He has four sisters and an elder brother, all married and living separately. My mother-in-law was like a mother to me. She trained me in all the household work, handling finances, how to groom oneself and above all how to be a good and a tactful housewife.

Under her tutelage, I learnt the tricks of the trade. I lost my mother- in- law in 1982. Although I felt lonely, I was confident enough to face the challenges in life. I have two daughters and two sons. My husband is a chemical engineer who brings in a salary to lead a comfortable life. I was skilled in cooking and gradually started a small catering business, supporting my family and happy that I could help make both ends meet. Of course, I have had a lot of ups and downs, but I thank God for my mother-in-law who moulded me into a good housewife, a confident woman, a loving mother to my children and above all, a good human being.

I have completed 42 years of a successful marriage. Obedience, patience, trust, understanding, hard work, a sense of humour and, above all, love was the key to my successful married life. I've learnt a lot through my failures in life. In fact accepting my failures as challenges brought me success in my married life and in my business. Today, I'm a great inspiration to my children, my relatives and friends. My husband and children praise me which is the greatest compliment and achievement in life. All the credit goes to my mother-in-law.

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