Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Only Older Siblings Will Get This!

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Only Older Siblings Will Get This!

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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nyone with a younger sibling will be able to tell you, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” By the haunted look in their eyes, you realise they mean their bedroom, the lion’s share of mithai, and their parents’ love. I was only seven years old when my parents introduced my sister into the family, turning me into the elder brother without my consent. Even back then, my child’s brain could tell that the arrival of a younger sibling would only spell trouble for me. I had a sinking feeling that whether I liked it or not, I was going to be held up as a role model.

As it turned out, I was right. My parents missed no opportunity to remind me of that in explicit terms.

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