Modern Family

  • father-in-law Suno Sasurjee: Scoring an Own Goal with My Father-in-Law Over FIFA

    The FIFA World Cup presented a golden opportunity to bond with my new father-in-law. Or so I thought. For the first time in my life, I watched a match at a geriatric club, in the company of vegetarian seekh kebabs and betting oldies.

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  • Why Can’t Indian Families Let Us Adult In Peace?

    When I turned 22, I believed that I would live away from home, revel in my financial independence, and travel across the world, no questions asked. However reality involves my grandparents implying I settle down while they are alive and my mother demanding to know the minutiae of my spendings.

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  • netflix Netflix and Overkill: How I Lost My Retired Father to Binge-Watching

    When Baba came to visit me this summer, I installed the Amazon Prime and Netflix apps on his phone, thinking he’d watch the odd movie sometimes. I didn’t expect him to get addicted to it and walk around the house like a teenager with headphones glued to his skull.

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  • 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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