The number of times I wanted to swap life with my brother.

I’ll be lying to myself if I said I was never envious of my brother. The truth is everyone around me made it extremely difficult to think otherwise. As kunju turns 32 years old today, like buzzfeed news, I would like to point out the number of times he had it going and I didn’t. Disclaimer: Most of what I’ve written are light-hearted humor and it is meant to be taken, hence, lightly.

1) Our resting bitch face.

My resting bitch face is always a scorn.  No matter what good mood I’m in or even if I’m extremely happy, my resting face always shows anger, irritation and pure repulsion towards life. That’s how my face is built. Whereas kunju has a face that shines from within even when he is angry at someone. People look at him and smile in an instance because they think he is smiling at them. I don’t think he can take credit for his resting bitch face but people around us still praise him for it.

“Kunju is such a happy child.”

“Kunju is always smiling. It’s so lovely..”

“Kunju is such a sweet boy.”

“Kunju is always pleasant. ”

And chinnu…..

*long awkward silence*

2) Our humor sense.

My humor sense is crude, satirical and sometimes anecdotal. Most of the time my jokes gets lost when people are being too sensitive to understand them. The only time I’ve received positive response is when I crack self-depreciating jokes. People simply love that one. Kunju’s  jokes however are neat, ironic, and almost always sarcastic. His impressions of others are also on point which makes him quite an entertainer. So while I get death stares from others, he gets

“Nidhin you’re so funny”

“Kunju you’re hilarious”

“Nidhin I can’t laugh anymore. Ahah ahaha!”

3) Our physical appearance.

Even though I accept the fact that I was an ugly child, the fact that he was compared to all the young actors from that period was beyond my understanding. Every single year he was compared to a  different, but, famous actor and while I tried as much as possible to be impartial and see some sort of similarities, I failed every time. Now when he is being compared to the mallu actor Dulquer Salmaan, I simply go along with it. And here I’m in my late 20’s and nobody has taken the courage to compare me with any form of celebrity.

“Kunju you look like Abbas.”

Kunju you look like that actor from that hindi movie”

“Kunju you look like Hrithik.”

“Kunju you look like every other actor I’ve ever known.”

4) Our attitude.

If I don’t like something, I can’t fake it. If I don’t like a person’s behavior it will automatically show up in my face. If I can’t stand a person, they might actually know about it somehow. But not kunju. He is the king of diplomacy and never will he utter a word against anyone if it’s not going to harm his internal peace. And it’s very difficult to harm his internal peace. So he will smile at the same people who might have talked behind  his back and even pat on their shoulders and make jokes with them over a cup of tea. The famous Malayalam word that is being used all over kerala for him is ‘Paavam’ and to be honest, he sometimes seems like a paavam to me too. There I said it.!

“Kunju is a paavam.”

“Nidhin is a paavam.”

5) Our personality

I’m loud, introverted and weird. He is gentle, charming and outgoing. Kunju makes friends as fast as a you collect a Pokémon. It comes very natural to him while at the same time, I struggle to even maintain a friendly relation with my neighbor’s dog. It’s sad but that’s the truth. So as he spreads love around him as if he is the unicorn who is farting rainbow, sprinkles and marshmallows, this is what people around him has to say,

“Kunju is the best thing that could’ve happened to you(my parents)”

“Kunju is a really good boy.”

“Nidhin is such a nice guy.”

And chinnu….

“Of course, chinnu you’re nice too.”


On that happy note, I want to wish my brother a very happy birthday! Even though the whole point of this article was to praise you and trash me, it honestly never made me feel sad since everything everyone said about you is the truth.  And you know why I’m not sad? Because when people think highly of you, I feel proud that you’re my brother and there is nothing anyone can do or say to take that away. At least, now that I’ve grown-up I’m appreciative to call you as my brother. Waiting to see you, nandu and avidoo soon.

Love always,



Author: Lakshmi Geeth

I’m an ordinarily odd person who is pleasant to talk to. When I’m not trying to be funny, I would be lying on the floor bawling my eyes out. I write weird stories, real life snippets, traumatic and dramatic memories along with doses of unsolicited advices. 🙂