This Shaadi season you’ll probably come face to face with relatives (immediate or extended) that you’re not massive fans of. Now, now, no need to get your hopes down. As they say, you can’t choose family but you can figure out ways to tolerate them without coming off as rude or disrespectful.
Here are some ways you can tactfully deflect their intrusive questions:
1) Stand Near The Speakers
A great way to ignore relatives asking unnecessary questions is to go stand near the speakers. God is on your side, and so is the DJ. Hopefully, the loud obnoxious Shadi music will drown out their voices and you can pretend to groove to ‘Amplifier’ by Imran Khan.
2) Run Towards The Qorma!
No one expects you to have a conversation with them while you’re stuffing your face with Qorma. The key is to chew really, really slowly.
3) Don’t Sit Idly At One Table
You become a prime target if you’re sitting in one spot for too long. Keep switching places. The best part is you don’t even have to know the people at the table you’re planning to sit at. It’ll be awkward for them too, so they’ll leave you alone. Problem solved.
4) Offer To Take Photographs
Everyone needs someone willing to take photos. You can be that person. Volunteer to take photos and record videos for people and you’ll get brownie points as well as be left to your own devices for the night.
5) Dance The Night Away!
If you’re one of the performers for the night, you can pretend to be backstage practicing your killer dance moves. Not only will you be the talk of the family because let’s be honest, no one can dance as well as you – but you’ll also be able to preserve your sanity for the upcoming family gatherings.
If you’ve got any advice on ways you can avoid relatives you can’t stand, let us know! We’re always ready to add new strategies to our list.
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