Sunday, October 3, 2010

Call me Sugar!!

It all started with the birth of my oldest cousin K. My mom was barely 15 when K , her first niece, was born. Horrified by the thought of being called Aatye (aunt) at such a tender age, she tutored K to call her Didi. Time passed, K grew up and so did my mom. Yet, for some unfathomable reason, all my cousins born after K referred to mom as Didi.

Living in an age where kids start calling you aunty the minute you start working, I found this Didi business hard to digest.

The last straw came last week when my youngest cousin D, came to visit us. And true to tradition, she called my mom Didi and me Akka (older sister). Her incessant chatter sprinkled with an overdose of Didi brought out the devil residing within me. "If you call my mom Didi, shouldnt I start calling you Maasi?" I asked with a grin. The colour draining out of the tiny face told me that I had struck a chord.

D now calls my mom Aatye and serves as an example for anyone who dares to call my mom and me Didi in the same breath. :P

19 comments:

Dandelion said...

hehehe....stupid, confising indian traditions really!
i call my aunty "badimummy" and also my grammy "badimummy"

it creates a hell lotta confusion trust me!

blunt edges said...

LOL!! You, my friend, are what people call 'mean' :P

Anita :) said...

Hmm...My Papa's cousin is my age and I am supposed to call her 'aunty'...but I dont... As she is my age I can understand the pain :D

And I can understand u too..

Kanishk said...

hahahahaha now i know why it happened what happened later :P

Arv said...

lol... poor kids... :)

Harini said...

My cousins kids call me 'akka' (sister) or by my name. I became an aunt when i was 4, thats way too young.

Thousif Raza said...

he he... you evil you ;)... and you intelligent you :D... nice one :P



take care and keep writing...........

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

hehehe :) now u know why i tell u 2 stop calling me didi?

HRDIARY- PART II said...

nice 1 shanu.. sahi likhti ho.. proper reply, it was an unfair situation ;-p

viddhi said...

haha....happens all the time ...!!

read a few posts its nice ..!

good day !

Kavya said...

nice post. Kid of 3 years used to call me aunty and also my aunt has aunty. I used to get so much irritated about that. But cant help it :)

desigheeandcoffee said...

Blog Rolled you.

COMMUNI said...

I haven't been called aunty yet eventhough technicaly i'm a grandmom too. Must blame my grandparents who were giving birth to 5 children with a gap of 5-8 between each.

i still don't know how i will be able to accept it when somebody calls me aunty or badimma.

Always Happy said...

poor D.....

Sangitha :) said...

Didnt two evil horns stick out of ur head when u said that.. :P :D

♪♪HARINI♪♪ said...

ROFL!!!!
I call my mama, mama but I call my mami, manni (bhabhi). everytime I say manni, my mama says "call her mami! I am Not your brother."
lol! :)

Shanu said...

@Dandelion: Yup, it does!
Welcome to FB :)

@BE: Yes, I am :)

@Anu: I am glad u do :)

@KA: Wat happened later?

@Arv: :)

@Harini: Man 4 yrs ki aunty!! :P

@TR: Thank you patidev

@G3: Haan didi

@Hrdiary: Thank you :)

@Viddhi: Thank you :)

@Kavya: LOL!! I kno!! Sucks na!

@Tbg: Honored :)

@Communi: Hey baby, u are back :) How is married life treatin u :)

@AH: Poor me!!

@Sangi: Naah, me got a halo :)

@Harini:LOL

Maryam.. said...

Haha. Funny :P
Poor bachari kid :P

Chitz said...

LOL !!!!!i feel irritated specially when the kachrawalis or the sweeper who is twenty years your senior...and they still call you aunty ...