The Death of the Family Photo Album

Modern Family

The Death of the Family Photo Album

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


y Saturday morning began with my angry mother, shaking the life out of me and screaming “Almari saaf karni hai! Utho!” She clearly thought 7 am on a Saturday was a great time to remind me about my promise to clean out our old almirah.

With a sleepy head and a bad attitude, I began tugging at the creaky door of the dull grey metal box that adorns every Indian household. Obviously, the almirah’s contents came tumbling down on my head like a flimsy Jenga tower. It was the best thing that could have happened that early on a weekend.