I was born as a first child to my parents, followed by two brothers in next 5 years. Like all other siblings, we also grew up together playing, leg pulling and of course fighting with each other. My bonding with both of them was strong but as being eldest, I was bossy most of the time and had little, in fact, no understanding. But as we three grew and reached the teenage, I gradually developed that extra understanding of their behaviour.
In school too, I became more comfortable in the company of boys of my class than the girls. Further, in my life when I started my career, I faced various challenges in this male dominant society and I am proud that I overcame them brilliantly. Sometimes, my female colleagues would ask, how I am so easy with males in office, without giving them ” wrong signals or having any pangas” and ” how come they are so nice to you without any ego or jealousy “, and I would say “the answer is my brothers”.
My childhood would have been incomplete without the company of my two brothers. Had they been girls( mine sisters) I can bet it would not have been that great! wink no offences, please!
I am not that girlie stuff that enjoyed on Barbies, their clothes and makeup and doll houses or their marriage, rather I was the one who would play football, basketball and cricket quite easily. Even my favourite magazines were “Sportstars” and “Topgear”. Copying WWF stunts to make other one feel as a loser was common. Kite flying and playing with its string was normal. In all, the games and all the daring “panga’s” were very easy for me. This all made me good sportsperson, not like those girls who would get hurt if the ball hit their nails and in case they do not win, would simply surrender.
They definitely taught me how to rebel and not a mute spectator if something is not right, though they were my protectors always, but to accept other’s nonsense, is not acceptable ever. No doubt, I have always gone a step further to handle problems or face situations, since I know if anything goes wrong, my brothers are there for me on my side always! wink !