The Not-So-Subtle Art of Meddling: A Guide from Your Nosy Aunty

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The Not-So-Subtle Art of Meddling: A Guide from Your Nosy Aunty

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

“K

aamna fui, kabhi toh kisi ka acha bola karo!” Remember the malicious aunt from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam who spies on Aishwarya Rai and never has anything nice to say about anyone? That is my Phuppo, my papa’s sister.

I had my first encounter with this creature called phuppo, when I was 15. After the demise of her husband in Canada, she returned to Karachi to live with us. I am a daddy’s girl and was excited have his sister around. That enthusiasm died right after our dua-salaam, when my mother told her I was preparing for my board exams, and she responded with a sly smile said, “Padh lo, padh lo. Ye padhai kaunsa kaam aayegi. Aagey toh kaam aayega wohi chulha, wohi chakki. (What use are your studies going to be, when you’re going to spend all your time in the kitchen?)”

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