Mum Knows Best
  
Mum Knows Best
Witty conversations with my mother
Published:
9/3/2014
Format:
E-Book (available as ePub files) What's This
ISBN:
978-1-46894-863-9
As a child, Veena was an introvert. Her quiet, reclusive and introspective disposition along with being a sickly child did not bode well with her mother. This book is a laugh-out-loud gut busting anecdotal recount of her life journey through the experiences shared with her mother, who in her attempts to pull Veena out of her shell adopts some unconventional motivational methods. Beneath the brashness of her mother's speech, lay the queen of common sense philosophy. In this book you will get to know a little about her mother. You will discover: • Her love of the words foolish, stupid, idiot and furthermore. • Her interesting use of the words very, great, wonderful, congratulations, thank you and goodbye. • Her brilliantly quick mind, sharp tongue and her ability to insult you whilst simultaneously complimenting you. • Her questioning of what the scientists are doing with their time. • Her less than pleasant options, followed by her generous statement of "the choice is yours to make." • Her casual integration of speech about death in regular conversation. • Her flare for dramatic descriptions. • The many names she has given Veena over the years.
A selection of quotes from “Mum Knows Best”: "Gesticulated wailing and the throwing around of one’s body should be saved for the justified mourning of loved ones, not for children's tantrums." "Why are you still short? Think like a Kenyan and grow." “I will not suffer fools gladly. They will fall victim to my extensive vocabulary.” "They have warned us of Global Warming, but why are they not warning the world about Global Speaking?" "Who told you to get a pixy cut? You have defiled the genetics of my hair which I encoded into your scalp." "It appears you have made peace with your foolishness." “Why is the saber-toothed tiger extinct? I need it to kill this man for me right now. I cannot tolerate his nonsense any longer.” “From Morse Code to strange abbreviated text message jargon – I have learnt it all.” “I want to know: Who owns the internet? Where is it located? And how is it relevant to my life?” “Marriage is the most beautiful thing about life. It's a blessing from God. Besides, we need men to carry things for us.”   What readers are saying about “Mum Knows Best”: “I read the entire book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I laughed the night away. You'll love this book!” Dr. Afua Addo-Abedi, Canada "This book should come with a warning: You may experience pain in your jaw, uncontrolled laughing seizures and hyperventilation. This book is hilarious." R. Arroyo-Dans, Belgium "Whatever your nationality, you'll hear the voice of your parents pushing through the wit of Veena’s mum. Thanks for reminding me of the good old days of my childhood. I loved all the 80s & 90s references! This is an excellent piece of written comedy." C. B, U.K. “An absolute must read! I haven't laughed this hard in decades." Rita Rajesh Agnani, India "Through the lens of comedy, you gain a great appreciation of a mother's love expressed in colourful exchanges with an unconventional daughter. This book will leave you with tons of laughter, inspiration and tears of joy. You’ll grow fond of Veena's mother and you’ll be fascinated by Veena. Dr. Denise A. Asafu-Adjei, U.S.A “Funny outlook on parenting from the perspective of a child. This book will make you laugh, but it will also make you think. It’s an absolutely brilliant book.” Kanta, Gran Canaries
Veena is the second born of five children. Her father is British Indian and her mother is Ghanaian. She immigrated from Ghana to the United Kingdom in 1984 with her mother and siblings to join their father. Usually viewed on first impression as a nerd, one soon discovers that she enjoys nothing more than to engage in folly. Formerly a trauma and abuse consultant, Veena currently works as life coach, writer, and entrepreneur. In her spare time she enjoys charity work, cooking, flower arranging, walking, dancing, photography, fine dining, traveling the world, the arts and continuing her educational pursuits as she deems herself “A lifetime student of life itself.”
The journey of self preservation and love is prominently a lesson to be learnt from this book – “Mum Knows Best” by Veena Nankani. It is not at all out of character to be a weirdo like the writer! Why? Because weirdos are unique! They are classic. They are dignified. And above all, they are blessed. Positive attitude, intelligence, determination and a yearning love for all, to mention only a few traits, befits the description of the writer.

Veena, thank you for allowing us into your life, and for opening doors to the hurting and the needy. Continue, in His Grace, to encourage us through your writing of books - Encouragement goes straight to the heart! If an encouraging thought comes to mind, share it! When someone is discouraged or hurting, continue to offer specific, practical help. And when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. That is what weirdos do! “Congratulations”, You are such a blessing to mankind!

With goodness and Grace!
Janet Andoh 
Mum says you are a weirdo. A weirdo, because the things you do are out of character for the ‘normal’ human being! Buying cars, paying tuition, mortgages, etc. And in all of this, you woke up one day and your husband was gone. You were unemployed. You were disabled and had nothing, BUT you were treated like a second class citizen. “I didn’t even have a penny in my bank account, and I had to start all over again”, are your exact words.
There is a lot to be learnt from this book – “Mum Knows Best” by Veena Nankani. Indeed, what is the point of having, if you cannot share with people in need? This book is a personal wake up call for me. You address so many issues that I have been dealing with but somehow ‘allow myself to be trodden over time and time again. “Always believe it when people show you that you are not on their priority list …. I have never had a need for reciprocated love or approval.” Like you, I am a weirdo! But weirdos are unique! They are classic. They are dignified. They are “spectrumified”. And above all, they are blessed.
Veena, I thought I knew you, but I guess I was wrong. Thank you for allowing us into your life, and for opening doors to the hurting and the needy. Continue, in His Grace, to encourage us through your writing of books - Encouragement goes straight to the heart. If an encouraging thought comes to mind, share it! When someone is discouraged or hurting, continue to offer specific, practical help. And when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. That is what weirdos do! “Congratulations”, as mum says, for finally learning the lesson of self preservation. And thank you for revealing this journey to us all – The journey of self preservation and love. You are such a blessing to mankind!
With goodness and Grace, Janet Andoh
Janet Andoh 
 
 


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