Akka & Uncle!

Akka means Sister (Elder one) in Tamil. Of course, you know what Uncle means.

I have been called uncle for quite some time now. I have always been proud of it and happy that kids think that I am old enough to call me that way.

But recently one incident happened which shook even the steady me! One girl in a nearby supermarket was selling soups and I bought one tomato soup and started drinking it.

One man with a small daughter came for drinking the soup as well. He was scolding his daughter for doing some funny things at home and was telling her not to repeat those things. In the process, he told some funny incident and we (me and the girl) started smiling.

At that time, he said – “See even that Akka is smiling. And that Uncle is also smiling!!!. So you better stop…….”

Until that minute, I thought me and that girl were youth and this man was uncle. But in a couple of seconds, he shook the ground under me!

I am normally quite glad about being addressed as uncle and I even commented as much in a recent post at broken nib. There is actually a philosophy behind it – Well, never mind!

But the combination of Akka & Uncle was deadly! You call me Uncle when I am alone, but why – just why does any one want to call me Uncle when I am along with a fellow youth?”

Ok, at 29 I am not exactly youth but I am at least an old youth? 😉

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30 Replies to “Akka & Uncle!”

  1. He he he…… I can empathise with you DI. Imagine being referred to as uncle by a person who is older than you. 😉 😉 I really don’t know what this world is coming to 😉

    1. He could have referred me that way when I was alone – but why should he do it when I was among fellow youths? Jealousy. 🙂

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    1. Why do you drag poor Vimmuuu into everything? If he has transitioned from Anna to Uncle after marriage then someone else has transitioned from Akka to Aunty as well – Guess who 😛

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  2. HA HA HA .. ok this will be a shock the last house i had , my neighbour she has a son who is married and has a kid … I moved into the house .. this is 9 years ago..
    SHe comes out and says “Hello PAAJI”.. i was like WHAT.. I am your son’s age lady .. “PAAJI” elder brother ..

    and I called her Aunty .. this continued till i shifted again .. weird 🙂


    1. Some people just don’t accept certain universal facts. But at least she called you elder brother, instead of calling you younger brother!!! 🙂

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  3. When I was younger, I got used to uncle phase relatively easily. In my family some of my cousins are older than my uncle. This fact helped me in accepting uncle calling.
    I am preparing for grandpa phase. And I plan to neutralise it with the fact that in India people become grandfather soon.

    1. People becoming grandfather soon in India is interesting. But because of joint families and closely knit far-away families, I have had to call one of my ‘cousin-aged’ relative, ‘uncle’. Now I understand what he must have gone through back then!

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    1. Yeah, maybe we should have a different word like – OldYouth where Old is silent in pronunciation 🙂

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  4. 😆 😆 come on, at 29 you are quite young… (thats what i am suppose to say to make you feel good! 😛 :P)

    I am still smiling broadly on the laptop screen while typing this comment. People around might be finding me “idiot aunty” 😉


    1. Till your comment, the idea that I am still a youth was being reinforced. But now………………… 🙂

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    1. Its quite difficult to write funny stuff, especially when so few funny incidents have happened in my life! But I am trying nevertheless…

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    1. Till I was 28, I was thinking that I was a youth. But I do have to accept that 29 looks quite like a middle age, to me as well! I am getting used to shirts instead of T-shirts, of late!

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