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
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