Five Reasons Why My Brother is Cooler than I am

I’ve always believed that those who grow up with a sibling tend to have a better than average childhood and turn out to be relatively normal people. If you don’t agree with me, you should know that both Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez fall in the category of being an only child. My parents made the right choice by having two kids, although they probably regretted it countless times when I was 8 and he was 16 when we both thought about nothing else but destroying each other (he mostly won unless Mom was around, I was a sissy like that).

While he shall refute the claim that he’s the favourite son, over many years I’ve realized why this is so. It shouldn’t have taken me that long, but my obsession with being cynical and my general hatred aimed at strangers took up a lot of my time. He’s always been a perfect role model to me and since I honestly believe that he can give Ryan Gosling a run for his money at being cool, I shall proceed to explaining that when it comes to being fantastic, my brother not only takes the cake, but also the bakery and the baker (mainly because he’d never crack such a joke).

For those of you who know me, you’re well aware that I don’t fit well in society. I’m not saying this to be a hipster, but I’m basing this on the countless times I’ve been told that people hate me. Not the ‘you’re a little too extreme for my liking’ hate, but the ‘if I see you again I will eat your heart with a rusty fork’ hate. And trust me, I want society to accept me. Not because I want people to like me and because I feel that my behavior should be deemed acceptable by my fellow man, but because I want to climb to the highest echelons of society and plot its timely demise. I can see now why people hate me. 

My brother in contrast, is far more likable and is a perfect example of a functioning member in society. He’s far more likely to give up his seat in a train or a bus to an elderly person while I strongly believe that there are tons of retired old people who do nothing but travel in packed trains and buses all day to see which youngster will give them a seat and then give death stares to those who don’t. He will help a blind person cross the street while I will misguide them just to see if they’re faking it.

Let me tell you how stark the contrast is between the two of us (in case it isn’t very evident already). If my mother was to call up a friend of hers and say, “My son won the Nobel Prize!”, they’d automatically assume it’s my brother. However, if she was to call up a friend with a heavy voice and say, “My son is addicted to meth”, they’ll assume it’s me and say that they were expecting this to happen sooner or later and that my brother will show me the path to enlightenment.

Yes, most people believe he is the Messiah in disguise.

In fact, I think I’ve reached the stage where I feel that if I get addicted to meth, I’ll be living up to everyone’s expectations more than anything else.

Anyone who has ever been around a dining table with their family has always had their eating habits compared to their siblings’. While this often leads to shouting and sometimes even a cage match, my parents would simply point out that eating vegetables was healthy for me and since my brother ate them, I should too. I’m kidding, my Mom used to slice my throat open, pour vegetables in and sew it shut (or that’s how I remember it). My brother had absolutely no problem eating any vegetables (except a select few which were hardly ever cooked in our house) and he’d consume them without an ounce of discomfort. Again, for those of you who know me, my reaction to vegetables is akin to how a cat would react on giving birth to a dog.

The Veggies! I see them!

While I somehow managed to inhale the veggies on my plate, he would chew them like a gentleman and smile through the process. The meal would usually end with him taking a second helping of vegetables, while I’d look forward to the first mango being sliced open. I also have an unhealthy obsession with mangoes, I’d battle a baby for them. To this day, when ordering a meal, my brother looks for something wholesome that would be both nutritious and filling. I, on the other hand, make a meal more wholesome by ordering a large side of cheese fries (I’ve done this at a Japanese restaurant as well).

Additionally, he doesn’t make a big deal about eating vegetables or greens. Most people I know shove the fact in your face at least four times each time you meet them even if they’ve sniffed vegetables at any point in the last seven years. Additionally, he can read a map. And not a political map with capitals marked along with state lines, but those weird black and white ones with squiggly lines that look like a piece of art from Kindergarten. He actually understands what contours (no, it’s not a sports team) are and doesn’t need a legend to decipher a map. He once tried to explain it to me, but I kept playing connect-the-dot on the map.

As far as role models go, my brother comes close to being a perfect one. Countless times during my childhood he’s always set  perfect example for me and even to this day when I’m stuck in certain situations, I always wonder what he’d do. Note: ‘wonder’. My actual solution usually involves something completely different that ends up somehow with me and a bottle of cheap whiskey in a dark room.

He’s always been true to his friends and I don’t know of any of his friends who have had a long time grudge on him (unless their girlfriends fell in love with him). He’s kind, honest and true to his word. For him, his family comes first and he comes second. He has his priorities in life set right and he abides by them. He has a sense of responsibility and is true to his duty, and if it’s his fault, he’ll take the blame and rectify it.

My outlook is slightly different. Well, it’s a whole lot different. Each time I’m given a responsibility, the first thing I do is ensure that I find someone whose responsibility is somehow connected to mine. Through various devious methods of mind trickery and underhanded approaches, I convince the person that my responsibility is in fact his. And because most people are trusting and believe in step-wise logic (which I can bullshit my way through like a pro), this usually isn’t very hard.

How I handle responsibility as a proper adult.

Let’s look at this another way. When a sincere person approaches you for some help, more often than not, you’ll give it to them. Unless of course what they need help with is something that involves saving the environment, or God-forbid, reading a pamphlet about something. Who has the time for that? So, I give you two scenarios. The first scenario is my brother being asked for directions by a gentleman who is truly lost, and the second scenario is the same happening with me.

Scenario 1:

Lost Soul: Excuse me, I’m looking for the CDS Mansion.

My Brother: Just go straight along this road till you see a large brick building which is the National Library to your left, take the following right onto the North Avenue which is lined by small clothing stores. At the very end of the road you’ll come to a T-junction from where you should take a left. You’ll see the CDS Mansion on your left after about 100 meters.

Scenario 2:

Lost Soul: Excuse me, I’m looking for the CDS Mansion.

Me: You’re in the wrong state.

We’ve all met that one guy who said he’s driven a Hummer, or that he’s been behind the wheel of a Ferrari and pushed it past 200. While this person truly believes that in our head we’re thinking how cool he is, the reality is that in our head we’re all thinking, “I can’t think of a worse person than this guy to be behind the wheel of a fancy car”. Each time guys in their early 20’s get together and talk about the super machines they’ve driven, my brother trumps everyone with a single statement. He regularly flies a fucking helicopter.

Do you know how insanely cool that is? We all know at least one aircraft pilot, and those guys have boring jobs. They push a stick and press the “Auto Pilot” button and the aircraft flies itself. The most interesting thing a commercial airline pilot will ever tell you is “the view from the cockpit is great, you have to see it to believe it”. These gentlemen are the same people who believe that wearing Rayban Aviators is a job requirement.

In contrast, I achieve a moment of nirvana in a vehicle if I’m able to parallel park. It’s an achievement for me. Each time I’m able to shift gears in a vehicle without making the engine sound like Optimus Prime just attacked it is a moment of triumph. My greatest ability while controlling a vehicle is being able to pick up a friend and drop him back without taking his life in the process. My brother on the other hand is able to hover a few feet over mountains and ravines while evacuating injured soldiers. James Bond would look up to him.

In case I haven’t mentioned it already, my brother is in the Army. His list of mind-boggling achievements would do any parent and brother proud. I’m not sure where to start, but I’ll start with the simpler ones. He’s never let me down. Not once in my entire life have I expected anything from him and not had it delivered. He’s never let our parents down. And it’s through all of these realizations that I’ve realized that he’s the favorite son, and very rightly so.

A total of about 55-60 officers of the Army were nominated for a specialized course in Aviation. Remember, these people were hand-picked from all the corners of the country, and were the hotshots of their specific regions. My brother was picked as well (needless to say) and after a long couple of months when the grueling course finished, he topped it. He was the best of the best, and that wasn’t the first or last time that it happened. He evacuated wounded soldiers and saved their lives by flying them to a hospital in time, receiving an award for it. He has also on more than one occasion simply ‘felt’ that there’s something wrong with a helicopter’s engine before taking off, and after inspection found a fatal flaw thereby saving the lives of people who would have been in it.

He has also been given this medal.

So now that we’ve ascertained that he should have been a part of the Avengers, let’s see where I stand when it comes to accomplishments. One of my biggest achievements is usually being able to place an order at Subway without changing my mind twice and being able to go through airport security without somehow getting the FBI involved. I take pride in the fact that I’m able to iron my shirt without setting the house on fire and using the microwave at a friend’s house without being charged for arson.

Here’s another cool thing about my brother, in the event that he’s talking about something you don’t know about or haven’t heard of, he will patiently explain it to you and get you up to speed with it. If he’s talking about a band that you’ve not heard of, he won’t diss you for your poor taste in music and start a rant about how mainstream music has killed the true creativity of real artists and then branch off into how corporate capitalism is the reason of the demise of the global economy. And how it’s somehow your fault.

My brother is cool, and he’s cooler than me and cooler than you (unless this is you reading it, Mom and Dad).

Please note, certain statements and situations have been greatly exaggerated (about myself) in this post. Don’t feel sorry for me (unless that means you giving me gifts, then feel very sorry) the next time we meet and for heaven’s sake don’t pick up the phone and console me thinking I’m on the verge of a mental breakdown.

That happened last year.



  1. Kim van den Borne · June 18, 2012

    Avtar, wow! What a brother hihi 😉 this was so cool to read! very well described how you see it. And the humor that you used, great! You keep surprising me haha =)

  2. Neha Jain · June 18, 2012

    Well ……U havent exageratted a bit! but u r modest enough! lol!

  3. Karan Nadkarni (Nadu) · June 18, 2012

    Hahahaha….like all your others…this one is pretty entertaining too….Good Job Ram Singh….and no we don’t feel sorry for you….i can say that for most of them who know you to be you….Cheers….

  4. Priyal · June 18, 2012

    Wow. That was mesmerizing. Very nicely written.
    P.S- I’m not judging you in any way. =)

  5. mthesailor · June 18, 2012

    Very well written 🙂

  6. Avtar · June 18, 2012

    Kim, he really is! And thanks so much for the kind words, I try as much as I can! 😉
    Neha ma’am, I think my next post shouldn’t be so modest, need to get back to my ways!
    Nadu, Priyal and Mohit, thanks so much. =) And good not to be judged, although if you have any take-aways from this one I’d be glad to see what you’ve come up with. 😉

  7. Roshni Kaura · June 18, 2012

    Like always, AWESOME ! 😀 You can have the medal of awesomeness too ;D
    You should write for a magazine or something. Seriously.
    But but but !! I fall in the category of Justin and Selena. ermmm WOW , this makes living as a single child even worse *cringes*
    Damn a helicopter !! My neighbor with a Ducati has been mailed the link to this article.
    Respect for your brother 🙂

    P.S- I have mislead a blind person to check whether he was faking it and… he was not. *ouch*

  8. mrs b · June 18, 2012

    now i understand why you are what you are!!

  9. rani radhakrishnan · June 18, 2012

    thoroughly enjoyed reading … well written … you are ARJUN’S Avatar , so no worries i guess :))

  10. Digvijay · June 18, 2012

    good stuff

  11. Neha · June 18, 2012

    Tar!!! This is brilliant….and yes I can completely relate to the “if I see you again I will eat your heart with a rusty fork”….God knows how often I’ve wanted to do that over the past decade (remind me why we’re friends again?)….okay not sidetracking…..this was friggin’ mindblowing and i love how you’ve portrayed urself (Muhahaha!) and pleeeeeeeeeej keep it coming!!!!!

  12. Anita Ram Singh · June 18, 2012

    Hey Avtar, very well written but somewhere you have a few facts wrong….. We don’t play favorites… you are as awesome as your brother is.Because you have awesome parents!!!Right??

  13. AK Ram Singh · June 18, 2012

    Superbly written even if you’ve mixed up who loves who how much!

    You seem to have missed out your awesome stuff – cycling 5 kms to practise football daily after school – making it to the local team as one of the youngest and then winning the championship with the Mayor handing out the prizes – for one. All those awards at College and captaining the football team, to name another. I think we are being modest.
    We feel that Arjun and Avtar alternate in delighting us with what ever they do – achievements are only a small part of that. Good writing, lovely exaggeration. I have a sneaking idea who this thought process takes after.

  14. AK Ram Singh · June 18, 2012

    Anita’s last comment is actually mine…!! Wrong page…

  15. Avtar · June 18, 2012

    Haha, don’t worry Dad, fixed that for you. =) Yes, the exaggeration most definitely is genetic and comes in handy as is evident! Thanks for listing out those points for me, makes me feel better about myself (which is a dangerous path for me!).

    Mom, you stock the fridge when he comes and empty the washing machine out when I come, the love is evident.

    Rani aunty, thank you so much again! =)

    Neha, you still list me as your friend because every once in a while I manage to make you laugh, or just surprise you with something so much that it leaves you shaking your head. 😉

    Roshni, lol, needless to say how bad that feels! But then again, you can never be sure these days. Thanks for the kind words and don’t worry, some single children turn out fine. I’m no doctor or anything, but surely the universe can’t be completely against them.

    Mrs. B, you have me very intrigued by that comment!

  16. Pallavi · June 19, 2012

    Awesome avtar 🙂 loved it!

  17. suraj · June 19, 2012

    Hahah….such posts makes u way cooler than I am 😀

  18. Meg · June 19, 2012

    Okie….saying ‘I loved it’ will be an understated comment and would sound utterly modest as it’s oodles of ‘coolness’ for the 6 feet’er in my life… 🙂 You have put this so perfectly together that it amazes me how well a decision I have made… 😉 …But let me tell you……seconding dad and mom’s comments….u are the cherry on the cake…i meant the icecream (read coolness)…and we have mom and dad to owe this coolness to….TOO (Two) CHILLING!!

  19. Saloni Dabholkar · June 19, 2012

    Well written! Enjoyed reading! 🙂

  20. Avtar · June 19, 2012

    Thanks Paalu! Glad you and Tanu enjoyed reading it. =)
    Suraj and Saloni, thanks for the vote of confidence and thanks for the taking the time out to read it.
    Meg, don’t worry you can’t go wrong with a Ram Singh. Unless it’s me. Haha, I’m glad you liked it, but I’m guessing you’re the one who will of course like this one the most! 😀

  21. Stephany van Cranenbroek · June 19, 2012

    Oh wow, I really really enjoy reading it. 🙂 Thank you for that!
    Your writing is awesome and fun in any case.
    I didn’t know ‘this’ Avtar yet, but maybe that’s because we only saw each other 5 times!
    Or I just didn’t mention it. Anyway, It’s nice to have a role model like your brother in the family.
    Someone who you can lean on. But, don’t worry….
    When we are talking about you (me and the other girls..)
    We always say you’re such a good, nice guy.

    We love you anyway. 🙂
    Take care.

  22. Vasundhara · June 19, 2012

    Nice! 🙂
    That makes me go gaga over your brother man.
    Love this character altogether, and hate you Avtar.

  23. Tanya Gupta · June 19, 2012

    Aww…Reading this actually made me miss my bro 😦 Despite of the fact that he never has flown a helicopter,I think would always look up to him. I guess that’s how this relationship functions.
    Have to say that post going through this, I am filled me with lots of respect for the Ramsingh brothers(haha, u guys are homonym fr Ramsey Brothers :P) Your bro is sure a hero , but he is all the more lucky to have someone like you to acknowledge his real value.
    And Ramsingh, I think you would have done really well if you would have gone ahead with those journalism plans of yours. Would now make it a point to watch this space regularly 🙂

  24. Arundhati Bhan · June 20, 2012

    This is such an amazing piece ! Enjoyed reading each line. I too scrutinize my brother, considering the fact that a perfect love hate relationship can exist only with your sibling.
    Really nice !
    P.S : I want to meet your brother. 😛

  25. Avtar · June 20, 2012

    Stephany, thank you so much for the nice words, I’m glad you and the rest think of me in a good spirit, at least there are some people still doing that! 🙂 And yes, while interacting with me we never really had the chance of having this side of me surface, but maybe in a way. 😉

    Vasundhara, finally. And you can get in line by the way, for both being in love with my brother and hating me. The line for hating me is a little longer.

    Tanya, younger siblings probably find it easier to connect to this one. And thanks for the ind words, again. 🙂 Approved. 😉

    Arundhati, glad you liked it! 😀 I’ll have you meet him the next time you two are the in same city, but please, no autographs. 😉 This has me thinking I’ve given him a celebrity status among my friends circle.

  26. Pankhuri :) · June 20, 2012

    I know him a lil but I can totally imagine this.. And how true it it … Well I know you too Avtar and I can’t believe how less you have exaggerated about yourself in the picture =P and that finally the title of true awesomeness has been handed over to the big brother… I like that.. And yes flying a helicopter on regular bases is totally cool =D ….

    Very well written Avtar =) !!

  27. HOOVESY · June 20, 2012

    Hey, Elvis. Another awesome write. Had me rolling. Especially with the bus and blind person paragraph.
    As much as I’m biased about anything having to do with Army and helicopters I gotta say you win this round.
    Definitely keep them coming.

  28. Richa Gidwani · June 20, 2012

    It’s absolutely beautifully written !! And one thing i’m sure about is that he can’t write as well as you do 🙂 !!! You’ve created such a great picture of him in my mind that i would love to him some time !

  29. pooja · June 20, 2012

    i guess all elder brothers are the same……much much more responsible n brilliant than we can ever be…..the vegetable thing happens at my place too…..he makes himself so comfortable with those green stuff as if he’s been given the world’s tastiest food….which obviously leaves a better impression on my mom forcing me to hav it 😛

    btw….beautiful words….many younger siblings will realize how wonderfull their brothers are(except for those who are actually better than their brothers) 🙂

  30. Avtar · June 20, 2012

    Pankhuri, I noticed you didn’t say anything about your sister. =P Glad you liked it, and I think you know that I should get that title too. =P

    Erin! Glad you liked it, wasn’t sure if you were following this or not. I was actually fairly sure you’d be on his side given your military background as well, haha.

    Richa, you’ll have to join the very long line. I think he’s going to get a bit of a shock when he sees what’s going on here! 😉 Thanks for the confidence though. 😀

    Pooja, don’t worry I’m fairly sure you’ve done a lot more than your brother. 😛 If you think you haven’t, you should sit with us when we talk to him sometime. 😉 Glad you liked it! 🙂

  31. Lubna · June 20, 2012

    I love the way you’ve written it and painted this picture of an amazing guy in everyone’s heads with humor and exaggeration. And, managed to hide the jealousy, if any. 😛
    This post actually reminds me of my younger sister. She isn’t flying the helicopter cool, but yes, she’s pretty cool. 🙂

  32. InternA · June 20, 2012

    Kinda reminds me of my own brother. 🙂

    I always looked up to him because we were so different. I was like a little devil child and he was the kindest, most well respected person I’ve ever known. Of course, lots of things have changed since then. Older siblings, especially, get less credit than they deserve. If I hadn’t of had him for a brother I have no idea what I would be like now… it’s good to see people saying what makes their older sibling such a good person.

    I wish I had been mature enough when I was little to write about him while he was still around… everything is fuzzy with age now, as he has been gone for quite awhile.

    More to the point, though. Well written, informal (which gives bonus points in my opinion), and just… so… casual. I love it. 😀

  33. Arjun Ram Singh · June 20, 2012

    ok……i thought i know my brother but i guess i didn’t know him soo well….he sure can enlarge/alter things beyond normal or due proportions.(read exaggerate). It Make’s me feel really cool…thanks a ton bro n love ya loads (that’s the point where u would generally call me EMO) However i proceed to pen the following down (rather type it)for your kind consideration and for the consideration of various people who have/had/will read this blog in the future(how long do these things last by the way—when it comes to computers i’m a lil “for dummies” kinda guy)..n so i proceed without wasting any more time/space:-
    1. The title wold have been more apt if it read “5 reasons why my brother is a cool as i am”
    2. I totally refute the claim (as mentioned in para 2 line 1) that i am the favorite son.
    3. In fact i remember of being addressed as Avtar on quite a few occasions by my mom (wonder why)
    4. Wish i could write like ya…totally amazing(teach me).
    5. Though i never admitted it but you are a much cooler sportsman than i am….. Basketball,Football,Table-tennis…i have been beaten hollow every time….(except for the times i cheated using muscle power :))
    6. lastly (n i got here this fast as i cant write to save my life)…..i don’t think i could have asked for a better brother , a friend and some one who has always been there for me through my joys & my sorrows, always looking up to me n making me a stronger person……i can safely say…i am what i am today not only because of my Parents but also because of my lil bro (who i might add has always been way too mature for his age….he used to give me tips on girlfriend trouble when he 10) ……you’re the BEST
    U really are cooler than i am….am just hopeless at expressing it 😉
    …..i end by saying “mom whose worser????” 🙂

    • Meg · June 21, 2012

      Arjun Ram Singh… You missed mentioning the coolest of all reason, as to why Avtar cooler – ” He is still happily single….and you are not baby!..;) hehe”

  34. purva j · June 21, 2012

    this ones I liked the best….great work… :D. Your brother sounds amazing…did u make him read it?? ;p

  35. Avtar · June 21, 2012

    Haha! Ladies and gentlemen I finally present to you my brother! He’s made an appearance slightly short of all of us building a statue for him. Okay, firstly, the sportsmen claim might be true, but then who’s better at squash? 😛 If I recall correctly you used to play with India No. 2 at one point. As for the girlfriend tips I gave you at age 10, maybe that’s the reason why you went through so many during that phase, haha. :D. And I think it’s about time Mom answers the question, “Who’s worser?!” Thanks for saying all that dear brethren, I hope I see you soon. 🙂 And me being too mature for my age is probably because I hung around with your friends too much when I was 8 or 9 years old. I remember being the loan shark. Haha.

    Lubna, I don’t think I’ve met your little sister, and she has to be pretty cool for you to claim she’s cooler than you! Glad you liked it, and thanks so much. 🙂

    Amy, like I told you yesterday, it’s never too late. 🙂 Glad you loved it, and you’re absolutely right. 😀

    Purva, yes I did, he responded right before you! 😛 Points to you too for the nice words. 🙂

  36. shireen · June 21, 2012

    omg avtar the only thing that i want to say is awwwwwwwwwwww 🙂 i genuinely feel this is one your best blogs and arjun bhaiya should take the credit for that (i thank my stars that my brother isnt that perfect because i wouldnt be able to compete with that :P)

  37. Anita Ram Singh · June 22, 2012

    You want to know the answer to the age old question??For better or for worser, you are both mine and I love you….

  38. aashimajohur · June 22, 2012

    Wow. Having known both of you, now and also when Avtarwas 10 years old and you guys shared that huge room with the MJ poster, I can safely say it’s all true. Well written once again Avtar. And I’ve seen how much Anita Aunty dotes over the both of you. And Uncle as well. All I’m wondering is when do I finally get a helicopter ride, since I’ve seen the Army Day video. And also, for all the love you’ve shown, have you given him the fancy set of headphones he asked for yet or not?! Arjun, if you ever read this, there’s a lawyer available *coughs and hands over a card*

  39. raveena shadija · June 22, 2012

    I cannot believe that you’re not socially acceptable or likeable….

    With such hilarious & flawless writing skills, who cannot be loved and liked ! (y)I

    I still wonder though how you come up with such out-of-the-box topics to write on (Note : Wonder) 😛 😀

  40. Avtar · June 22, 2012

    Shireen, haha thanks so much. Although I’m pretty sure Angad has been doing some pretty awesome stuff as well. But since he’s totally ignored this entire blog so far, we can safely say he’s far from perfect. 😉

    Mom, I think it’s for worse that we’re yours, but for the better that you’re ours. Or mine.

    Aashima, I think both of us should be asking for headphones from you now. And which headphones are you talking about? I actually can’t recall him asking for a fancy set of headphones. A Ferrari, yes. Headphones, no.

    Raveena, thanks so much! You still haven’t met me in person for quite a while which is probably why you think so, haha. Top marks for you for being so sweet though. 😀 And as for the topics, it’s just stuff that comes to me out of nowhere and I put my thoughts together.

  41. aashimajohur · June 22, 2012

    The ones I just told you about.

  42. nj · June 22, 2012

    Even when u’re underestimating yourself and seriously praising your brother, you don’t lose your awesomely hilarious touch!! *bows down*
    and this is why I LOVE your blog!!!! ❤

  43. nj · June 22, 2012

    and as for older siblings being the goody-goody and the perfect role model – well I am the greatest exception then.. Yes teachers do say to Aashna “You’re Neha Bhomia’s sister, right?” but then they also add “We’re glad you don’t create as much ruckus as that monster” 😛 There is complete role reversal in that sense at my place, but always remember – people like you and I always ave more fun!!! 😀

  44. Ritish · June 28, 2012

    excellent read

  45. Achal · June 29, 2012

    Loved it!
    Wowsomely written!

  46. Shikhar · July 12, 2012

    Avtar… phenomenal writing! Fascinating to read and extremely funny too… (ALL) Ram Singhs rock (heavy bias towards Anita Ma’am of course!)! 😀

  47. Shweta · July 12, 2012

    Hey Avtar! Brilliant expression and extraordinary sense of humour…had me in splits from the first line! Great piece!

  48. Etisha · July 12, 2012

    FINALLY ! Sorry for being the first to read it and the last to comment. The moment I read it I told you, everybody’s going to go gaga about Arjun and your writing. Excellently written Avtar. Deliciously witty and funny. Not that i was not already in love with your excerpts. I think its the same kinda feeling every younger sibling has. Even i thought my mom played favorites all the time. Di being the god-like figure, who can never do anything wrong and myself being the devil who’d set the whole world on fire. 😛
    Flying a Helicopter at the age of 20 is coolest thing i have ever heard in life. His achievements make him sound like a hero from a novel. It sounds convincing that Arjun would patiently tell somebody about something they don’t know of, while i know you would do the same for the first two mili seconds and then convince the person to jump off a cliff for not knowing about it. 😛
    “how a cat would react on giving birth to a dog”. LOL! You have convinced me thoroughly that any non-vegetarian on Earth would react the same way seeing veggies. VEG, ST,SC outcasts might’ve been created for a reason ? 😛 So your reaction is justified i guess. If it were meat, you would’ve gulped it all in a go. Your brother is just polite to vegetarians maybe.
    “various ways of mind – trickery ” to make people believe that your responsibility is actually theirs…. so true (i can relate to it instantly## VICTIM##, as much as i can relate to you giving your bro Girlfriend advice at the age of 10 !! ahem ahem !!)
    On the other hand i think you’ve under estimated yourself way too much.
    I am pretty sure you’d go to any place alone and come out with ten friends (9 of them would be blondes, thats a different thing :P). You’re too good and awesome to be socially unacceptable. 😀 Every one loves you, unless you have beaten them up with a lightning sabre for fun with Wouter outside a club in bangkok 😛
    You are a great player. 😀
    You can tell people where they come from by their accents. Even states. That is way too cool in my opinion.
    You know all about EVERYTHING. ( even if you don’t, everybody around you is so convinced of your intelligence that they’d even believe that an asteroid fell in your backyard and you took it to NASA yourself. 😛 )
    In Conclusion.
    This article is great. Your brother is awesome. And so are you.
    Keep it up
    Cheers 😀

  49. Avtar · July 13, 2012

    Neha, haha, we most definitely are! 😉 Thanks for the awesome input, always makes me feel good reading what you have to say. 🙂

    Ritish and Achal, thanks a lot! 🙂

    The Verma duo, glad you guys liked it! Since the two of you have such high standards when it comes to things like this, it truly feels good to know that you liked it as well. =)

    Etisha, surprising! Glad you liked it, and I know that you’d be able to somehow connect to it as well, but your situation is definitely not as dire as mine. 😉 Since you’ve now met him, you know what I mean. And I really doubt he wants to be nice to vegetarians. As for under-estimating myself, I’m glad you feel that, the people who seem to have confidence in me are growing! 100 points to you for mentioning all those things and making me feel so much better doll. 🙂

  50. anuradha solanki · July 15, 2012

    wow Avtar! it is like a daily scene at my place too as i have two adorable sons and can feel the ripples at times.but all said and done brothers and siblings aren’t complete without one another and the love n tiffs and quarrels and pampering! so keep up ur spirits

  51. Vidya Vyas · July 18, 2012

    Excellent piece of writing Avtar. I can also see through the writing as I keep hearing from Anita Ma’am. She keeps pouring in her tips for my two boys as there’s one thing common..there’s a eight year difference between my boys too

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