Reflections of a Didi

If there are two syllables I have come to love most since I’ve lived in India, they are these perfect, simple, staccato ones: Didi.

For the non-Hindi speakers reading this, Didi is Hindi for “big sister.” While I know this name is used rather universally and liberally all throughout the country, every time someone refers to me as Didi I feel a sense of family, of closeness, of responsibility. And it’s not a novel realization – I am sure this title has endeared many a traveling foreigner in India.

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