How I Met My Mothers

Modern Family

How I Met My Mothers

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza/ Arré


t happened just like it does in the movies.

Close on the heels of my father dying of cancer when I was 12, I found some papers. My mother, who didn’t have much of an education and had always just taken care of my father, brother, and me, suddenly had her centre taken away from her with his death. All these men, my father’s clients (he was a lawyer), were showing up at our house, demanding that their papers be returned. At the same time, a variety of people came to her, claiming that her husband had taken a collective loan of ₹20 lakh from them, which she knew nothing about.