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
Modern Family The OG #FamJam: Why We Need to Bring Family TV Time Back
Family TV time was when we’d bond by making hapless attempts at answering KBC questions, laughing at each other’s awful guesses, and asking about each other’s day at school and office during commercials. But now, I can’t seem to remember the last time my family turned on the flatscreen in our living room.Add to list
Modern Family How I Learned to Accept the Inevitable and Came to Terms with My Parents’ Mortality
The inevitability of death is at the back of my mind at all times. The thought of a world without my parents terrorises me. But even though the future haunts me, I have vowed to give them the best of everything they deserve.Add to list
Modern Family What It Means to Be “the Guy Who Wants Babies” in An Age Where Everyone is “Childfree By Choice”
I am a millennial who wants kids. There. I said it. I've had a case of baby fever since I first held my niece. This opens me up to ridicule from my friends and makes me appear like a “softie” on dates.Add to list
Modern Family The Best Gift Today’s Mothers Can Give their Children is Some Unmonitored “Me Time”
The constant supervision to create a model kid, robs children of solitude: A solitude that will overwhelm them with its monotony before getting them to move their ass to experiment in the kitchen, scribble Rupi Kaur-like poetry on their notepads, and perhaps discover the true meaning of life.Add to list
Modern Family “Badi Aayi Environment-Waali!” Why Our Parents Don’t Give a Damn About Climate Change
When I was growing up my parents would constantly nag me to switch off all the lights in house. No, they did not want to be green. They only wanted to save the other kind of “green”. Now when I ask them to conserve power because of environmental reasons, they simply scoff.Add to list
Modern Family Parents in Cars Getting Cocky: When Will Indian Parents Stop Backseat Driving?
Who makes their child ferry them to the farthest places in the city, doesn’t pay for gas, and then complains about his driving? Every Indian parent sitting on the backseat.Add to list