Sisters Mahlia S Lone and Laaleen Sukhera, journalists and authors at Austenistan share details of their deep bond with us. From their similar traits, to showing motherly love and care towards each other, these two are inseparable
What’s your first memory of each other?
Mahlia: Lali as a pudgy baby who loved her milk bottle, which for a time she called ‘safaid ghora’ for some inexplicable reason.
Laaleen: Shushi (her Kashmiri nickname), quietly reading these kiddie books while I’d be a toddler sleeping on my parents’ round bed in their round bedroom in our mushroom shaped house.
What is the craziest thing you have done together?
Mahlia: Been to some crazy clubs!
Laaleen: I was her chaperone and then she became mine. So we never got crazy.
What did you get punished for the most as a child?
Mahlia: Our youngest brother Harris used to spy and tattle on me to our mom. He called himself ‘Spy the Why’.
Laaleen: Harris and I got away with a lot as younger children so I felt bad when Shushi was punished for dating her boyfriend and now husband Amaad. I tried to shield her all I could!
If you could only wear one piece of clothing for the rest of your life, from the others closet, what would it be?
Mahlia: Her great collection of corset belts.
Laaleen: Ooh, that’d be her Hervé Léger bandage dress, assuming I could magically fit into a size nothing outfit!
If you could swap places with each other, what’s the first thing you would do?
Mahlia: Exercise LOL!
Laaleen: Eat loads of cheesy pasta and rich chocolatey dessert and pile on some pounds!
What is the one thing you love about your sibling?
Mahlia: She’s very caring, honest and witty. That’s three things though.
Laaleen: She stepped in as a very young mother figure after our mother passed away and that’s why we are second mothers to each other’s children. I helped raise my nephews and she’s helping to raise her nieces.
If you are fighting with each other, how do you make up?
Mahlia: We fight of course but it’s over quickly.
Laaleen: We never fought growing up because I’ve looked up to her all my life. Now that we’re older, we occasionally have emo outbursts.
What is the one secret talent your sibling has, that you wish you did too?
Mahlia: Her snappy comebacks!
Laaleen: Her commitment to fitness!
Describe your sibling in three words:
Mahlia: Determined, generous, head in the clouds.
Laaleen: Dreamy, romantic, resilient.
Which fictional character is your sibling most like?
Mahlia: Roya from Austenistan meets Bridget Jones and the girl-with-the-green-scarf from Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Laaleen: Sweet, patient, beautiful Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, but after she marries Mr Bingley, rules the roost, and acquires some sass.
How are your personalities similar?
Mahlia: We don’t get impressed with other people’s wealth and
Laaleen: We don’t have an envious bone in our bodies.
I can’t live without my sister because…
Mahlia: I only have the one.
Laaleen: I’ve never known life without her.