10 things I hate about the co-family system
1. The word “privacy” does not exist in any dictionary.
2. The never-ending urge to compare and compete with others at home. Just because my dad bought a new car after five years, the next week my chacha has to buy one too. Or face eternal shame.
3. My poor mom slave in the kitchen to cook a fancy dinner since my father’s boss is coming tonight (new cars cost money and a raise is always nice), and my chachi invites his jing-bang to the cat festival to enjoy the gastronomic extravagance.
4. I understand that you are my cousin and that you live in two rooms at the end of the hall, but that does not give you the right to sneak into my room in my absence, to loot my dressing table, to use my hair straightener. , damage it and conveniently place it in my drawer, pretending nothing has happened.
5. Sharing is caring, but only up to a point. After that, things are just taken for granted and politics gets in the way. What happened to Hum Saath Saath Hain?
6. There is always a bad character who causes trouble and misunderstandings in the family. And as Star Plus soaps tell you, in most cases it’s chachi.
7. FYI … they happen to be your grandfather and grandmother too. You are the first to tear Eidi away from them. How about being the first to shop.
8. It’s your 18th birthday and you decide to invite your friends to dinner, but just because you haven’t invited your phuppa ki khala ki bahu, the khandaan will make you miserable for the rest of your life.
9. Everyone lives together but eats at different times, which is why the poor maid always has her hands with a pot.
10. The whole family goes to a restaurant and waits over an hour to be seated, just because a “table for 17” is not available!
Posted in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, January 30e, 2011.