By Sheltering an Inter-Caste Couple, My Conservative Father Discovered His “Wokeness”

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By Sheltering an Inter-Caste Couple, My Conservative Father Discovered His “Wokeness”

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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t was not a festival, it wasn’t anyone’s birthday in the family, as far as I could remember. It wasn’t even the weekend. So I was taken by surprise when my house was abuzz with energy in the middle of a workweek. There was a serious amount of pav bhaji and grilled cheese sandwiches that had been ordered. For a Gujarati family living in Kandivali, it felt like Navratri had arrived early.

Before I could figure out what was happening, mum told me we had guests – my dad’s colleagues. Really? When did dad start making friends at work?  

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