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What is a family?

Indian family arranging diyas

What is a family?

But people connected

By birth, by marriage.

Parents, brothers and sisters

Cousins, uncles and aunts

Grandparents,

Who can reach

And influence you

As you grow up.

Some very caring

And mentoring,

Through your hurdles.

Some very interfering

Nosing

Into your privacy.

Gossip and jealousy;

Comparison and fights

Are part and parcel

Of the big family

You are born into

Giving you the identity

And belongingness

Whether you want it

Or not,

Teaching you

Valuable lessons

In survival.

Still you want

To be on your own

Your misfortune.

Ask an orphan

How it is to be

Without family

And relationships?

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C.Radhika

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