Trust No Aunty
By Maria Qamar
Aunty-survivor and creator of the hit Instagram account Hatecopy, Maria Qamar is here to remind you: Trust No Aunty.
Aunty is a term of endearment (and sometimes, insult) used to describe an older woman. The Aunty is a cross-cultural phenomenon that isn't limited to family members; she could be a neighbour, a family friend, or just some lady on the bus who wants throw some casual black magic your way. Most commonly featured in Indian soap operas, an Aunty is a feisty and dramatic powerhouse of a woman who enters your house and plans to take over your life. They are at family parties or friendly get-togethers with your mother, finding ways to make your life difficult, trying to get you married to their sons and telling you to lose weight while simultaneously trying to feed you a second dinner.
We've all experienced 'Aunty interference' which has hindered our social growth and embarrassed us in front of our friends and cool cousins. If you thought you were alone in dealing with the meddling, oddly comforting and overwhelming attention of the Aunties in your life, then this book is for you.
Maria Qamar, otherwise known as Hatecopy (@hatecopy) is an artist living and working in Toronto. She was raised a first generation Canadian in a traditional South Asian home where a job in the arts was typically looked down upon as an "unstable career path." Soon after realizing there was no other option, she fought to pursue the arts anyway and started her Instagram account Hatecopy (63k followers) in February 2015, illustrating the hilarious insights of diaspora culture and the significance of Aunties in Indian culture.
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04 May 2017
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