Modern Family

  • Eldersister Kabhi Elder Sister, Kabhie Reluctant Parent

    The four-year age gap between me and my sister never seemed to matter. That is, until my 21-year-old sister decided to visit me during her college break, and I found myself morphing into a reluctant parent.

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  • How To Survive a Long-Distance Relationship with Your Parents

    Nobody told me that moving out of the house would mean enduring a long-distance relationship with my extremely inquisitive parents. Mom calls me every day at 7.30 am to gossip about the neighbours. Dad, in a pretence at being fake-casual cool, pings to find out what am I up to after work.

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  • familyphotoalbum The Death of the Family Photo Album

    There was a time when cameras would be kept away in our parents’ closets until a special occasion arrived. Today however, our cameras are perpetually out capturing everything from our morning grump to our Swiggy meal.

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  • parenthood How I Mastered Parenthood, the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Damn

    I’d judge mothers whose children would throw tantrums on flights. Only after I started flying with my hyper AF toddler, I felt their pain. I’d carry colouring books and an iPad to pacify him, and when nothing worked, I realised it’s best not to give a damn.

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  • Help Me! My Father is a Bhakt

    I don’t recall my father ever displaying any obvious political preferences, but the turning point came during the 2014 Modi wave. Our mini flare-ups soon escalated into full-blown brawls, and conversations began to end the way they do on the internet, with me being labelled a naive Congi.

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  • momsplain Arré Checklist: Four Types of Momsplains and What They Mean

    “Momsplaining”, unlike mansplaining, doesn’t come from a place of malice. It’s a form of affection that Desi Moms dish out and involves regularly sassing out your kids for their supposed incompetency.

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  • Folks in Town: How to Parent-Proof Your House

    I live a dual life. I’m an outspoken liberal guy in the streets, and a religious, paavam one in the sheets. So when my parents decided to visit me after three years, I upturned mattresses to look for old condom packets and purchased tons of room spray to get rid of any lingering cigarette smell.

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  • House “Only for Families, Madam”: A House for Mrs Kulkarni, Divorcee

    “No, no, madam, this flat is only for families,” was the constant refrain Mrs Kulkarni heard when she walked out of her decade-long marriage and attempted to find a house. But by God she would find one – by hook or by crook.

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  • MaharashtrianMarwari Shaadi Ke Side Effects: When a Maharashtrian Marries a Marwari

    Maharashtrians are frugal, Marwaris are shaukeen. A Maharashtrian’s wedding budget is a Marwari’s lehenga budget. I married a Marwari and though our cultures take us in two different directions, we’ve found a place to make things work. It’s called midway.

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  • millennial Like Father, Unlike Son: Why We Want to Be Nothing Like Our Parents

    We millennials bore witness to the lives of our parents and the evaporated dreams they once had. Somewhere between sprouting our first pimple to driving our first car, we went from respecting them for their choices to deciding that that would not be the life we would be living.

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