The big Indian family setup..who all?

#1 Jun 16th, 2004, 15:43
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Hi all!

You can not understand India without understanding "An Indian Family setup"...which has many members other than the Dad, the Mom and the x no. of kids.

Different sets of terms are used for-addressing the peternal and maternal Uncles and Aunts. In most parts of Hindi speaking India the following goes:

The father's younger brother is addressed as 'Chacha', his wife Chachi.

The father's elder brother is Taya or Tau, his wife Tai. Addressing any aged person of say 50+ as "Tau-ji" is the best way to build immediate rapport in any part of UP/Rajasthan/Haryana/Punjab.

(Attach 'ji' in the end for respect normally to all elders it can be added in the of any name as wel as in ...Sonia-ji)

The fatherís sister is addressed as Bhua or Phuphi and her husband Phupha.

The mother's brother is Mama and his wife Mami. 'Mama' can have the tendency to be very notorious as dipicted in Mahabharata and in Hindi Movies 'Kans' was Krishna's Mama who wanted to kill him...also 'Shakuni' was Kauravas' Mama who master-minded the battle.

The motherís sister is called Massi or Maussi, and her husband 'Mausa'

Kinship plays a very vital role in the social and cultural life of the people because most of the kin have to perform certain specified and obligatory functions on social occasions. For instance, the red ivory bangles which a bride wears at her wedding has necessarily to come as a gift from her maternal uncle the 'Mama' (the non-notorious side of 'Mama').

The above could be a cultural shock to some and interesting family fundamentals for some more information on Punjab which more-or-less is true for North India.

There are IMers from India who can throw more light on this and give information on regional variances. I am interested in South-India and Mumbai in particular.

..and some interesting 'all in the family' stories to share


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