“Aap Bade Ho Ke Kya Banoge?” When You’re 30 and Still Studying

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“Aap Bade Ho Ke Kya Banoge?” When You’re 30 and Still Studying

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

I’

m at a strange juncture in life. I’m 30, at that point where most of us are beginning to finally figure our lives out. Our roaring, callow 20s are behind us. We appear more responsible and our parents are finally able to trust us to behave like adults. Our careers are in stable positions. So the last question anyone at my age wants to hear is, “Chachi, aap bade ho ke kya banoge? (Aunty, what do you want to become when you grow up?)”

But this question is par for the course for someone like me, who is still studying. I’m in the final year of my PhD. For the last two years, my married life has involved living in the University Campus in South Delhi during the week and visiting my husband and in-laws on weekends. It’s the only life I’ve known.

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