Modern Family How A K-Pop Band Brought Me Closer To My 14-Year-old Daughter
As parents we are so quick to judge our children’s behaviour and choices, often forgetting that they are also trying to deal with an overwhelming world in their own way. Maybe, that’s the part of parenting that we need to focus more on: where we listen to our kids and embrace their peculiar choices. I never imagined that listening to a K-pop band would strengthen my relationship with my daughter.Add to list
Modern Family Call Me By Maa’s Name: Why I Dropped My Father’s Last Name as a Tribute to My Mother
I inherited my surname from my father, a man who left my mother and me when I was 12. By changing my last name to my maa’s name, I have chosen to pay tribute to her. It’s an act of defiance against social norms, which insist we carry our father’s family name into the future.Add to list
Modern Family My Father, the First Feminist in My Life
Even before I became a 23-year-old self-identifying feminist, my dad had already defined masculinity for me in ways that the world needed to realise and understand, through actions like helping my mother with housework, and expressions of emotion, including tears.Add to list
Modern Family First-World Marriage Problems: My Life with an Overcaring Husband
In the two years since our wedding day, my husband has maintained his role as my counsellor, chef, doctor, philosopher, guide and storyteller. But before you serenade me with all your “awws”, I have to admit, this tendency to be more parent and less of a partner is a bit of a problem.Add to list
Modern Family What I Learnt from Watching My Parents’ Relationship Fall Apart
I used to look at my parents as a team that’s in it to win it. So the day my father said that he needed to move out, I thought it was over. I was mad that my mother was not doing anything to stop him. I wondered how I would survive this. How could I have let this happen? In my version of the story, I was the only victim.Add to list
Modern Family “Tussi Na Jao!” How Do You Convince Indian Parents You Want to Move Out?
If I were a 28-year-old, 200 years ago, I’d probably be heading out into battle tomorrow. If I were a 28-year-old about 2,000 years ago, I’d be the village elder. But somehow, here I am at the age of 28, in 2019, still enjoying the free snacks in between free meals. And every time I bring up moving out of home, my parents think I’m hinting at marriage plans.Add to list
Modern Family Mere Paas “Maa-si” Hai: Do We Thank Our Almost-Mothers Enough?
Mothers are a separate species, the collective reason for a warm, comforting glow in the lives of so many of us. But after I lost my mother, I found pieces of her in other women in my life. Some of them look like her, some of them sound like her, and I realise that my mother continues to live and look after me through all these “maa-sis”.Add to list
Modern Family My Sisters and I Cremated Our Father. And Every Daughter Must Be Part of their Parents’ Final Journey
I struggle to understand people’s apprehension toward daughters performing the last rites of their parents. The act of seeing the last physical trace of your loved one be engulfed in the fire is essential to getting closure, to realising that we will never see them in the physical realm anymore.Add to list
Modern Family Farewell, the Great Indian Family Vacation. It Will Not be Missed
Travel plans have done what TV could not – divide the Great Indian Middle Class Family. Our #wanderlust no longer accommodates the now-unfashionable image of three generations of our thepla-quaffing family, waving from a snowy background.Add to list
Modern Family My Didi, My Keeper: Did My Illness Steal My Sister’s Childhood?
When I was nine and my sister 13, I was diagnosed with leukaemia. Suddenly, my family’s plans changed overnight. My father gave up a job offer, my mother became my full-time carer. And my sister, always the mature, responsible one who never needed supervision, was left to her own devices.Add to list