Modern Family

  • mother My Runaway Mother

    After my parents parted ways, my mother moved to Spain. The world around me erupted in the sound of an angry sizzle. How could she abandon a teenage daughter?

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  • Alcoholism Raising My Alcoholic Mother

    Mama became an alcoholic before I was born and drank every evening through my childhood. Growing up around someone like that, you tend to become shrewd early on. You invent dry days at the snap of your fingers and dismiss suicide wishes as pointless drama.

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  • livinginwithoutsin Living In Without Sin

    Singledom often strikes during soppy happily-ever-after movies or on long weekends. But being single doesn’t necessarily translate to being alone.

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  • Confessions of a Backbencher Mom

    Have I failed as a mother if my son is not acing every single life experience just because I chose chor-police over chess mastery?

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  • ADeathShowerformyParents A Death Shower for my Parents

    As Amma and Appa age, I think about their death frequently. I dread the certainty of their passing, but for them, it is nothing more than the happy end to long, fulfilling lives.

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  • MissionDoobiewithDaddy Mission: Doobie with Daddy

    One fine day, I discovered that my Kishore Kumar-loving dad and I have a lot more in common than I thought. He loves Mary J as much as I do.

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  • MyMamasBabyinSicknessandinHealthCancer My Mama’s Baby in Sickness and in Health

    My mother and I lived under the same roof after two decades and clashed, as mothers and daughters do, about “settling down”. All that changed when I got a renal tumour.

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  • WorldCancerDay Love in the Time of Cancer

    When my mother’s cancer came, I got a crash course in adulthood. I had to become the mother that my mother needed.

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  • GrandmaSutraSexuality Grandma Sutra

    As a 10-year-old in a small Indian town, I said the most bizarre thing an Indian dadi has probably heard: “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”

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  • MohabbatkeDushman-DDLJ Mohabbat ke Dushman

    Younger millennials will never understand that we once lived in a world where fathers were milder, yet authentic, replicas of Amrish Puri in DDLJ.

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