Kamal Bora's Aunties (Mom's side)
Jayasri Nadella-Bora(Kamal's mom) has 2 sisters. They are the 3 daughters of Grandma Parul Nadella.
Neeraja(Goes by Raj, to sound masculine) and Cadie(aka Kusoom, as in the "Cadamba" flower) Nadella.
As overview, Jayasri is the middle sister, she runs a pet rescue shelter with her loving husband(Kairava Bora, Kamal's dad) and protects wildlife and the environment with her proceeds. They had to flee to NJ at one point in Kamal's teen years, but are back in Cheyenne to keep Kamal safe in WY when he needs it. Jayasri and her sisters are quite close.
Auntie Raj, her eldest sister; is a civil rights attorney, who has a degree in both India and U.S.(since that was especially required for diaspora in the 60s). The family was managing alright on their own, but are very grateful for Raj's success. (Not at all mooching, no worries. Raj is the hyper-smart one she's just had the most impact. Jaya and Cadie are just as talented but their more down-to earth positions are overshadowed by Ms. Gold Stars over here. Raj realizes that and doesn't shy away from being generous when needed.)
Like the reason why the Nadellas have so much power in the first place is because Neeraja Nadella is an attorney. She's a bit of a golden child, just a little bit. Jayasri and her sisters are quite close. Like mom's side of the family matriarchy has always been interested in activism as brown women in the US.
(The father Neeraj Nadella, bearer of the name Nadella, kind of just tags along. He doesn't match the passion so it's always been silently dysfunctional. Not much impresses him, he's dissatisfied with himself in general. Ma and Pa Nadella have been on the rocks recently. Divorce is still frowned upon in India so they kind of just pretend to like one another, like at least they're good as friends, I guess....they were arranged to be together so it's always been kind of loveless.)
Neeraja is named after (an alternate name for) the goddess of wealth and prosperity. (Perhaps that name holds true, she is a successful civil rights attorney who is an activist just like her little sisters. She uses her power to protect the defenseless.)
Neeraja is unshakeable and tactful, but that's just because she has the most composure. Of course, even the most composed can't keep it like that forever. She stays strong for Jayasri most of all, who tries so hard to be as composed as her. But Jayasri is her own person as well, and she's highly emotional and can't stay "prim and proper".
Neeraja is very proud of her, for having her own voice, and quietly encourages Jayasri to stay herself.
Cadie/Kasoom(Babs if you're close friends) named herself after the "Cadamba" flower, Kanesh's favorite. It's a mesmerizing orange colored flower. And she's an environmentalist. She's all about being in tune with nature, and is a total hippie type. Very down to earth.
....Sorta lost in the cosmic sauce. She meditates the most, other times she reads to kids in the Hindu temples(she's known since childhood) in NJ. Her sisters don't understand how she can be so "peace & love" all the time;
It's to an such an extent that they're all like "uhhhh, you do you, sis." But Cadie is just as passionate and virtuous as her sisters. She's just better at being mellow. Don't get her mad or you are in for a rant!
Cadie was originally named Parul, after her mother, but she changed it in transitioning, because she wanted her own name(and it was a little confusing anyhow).
Cadie is a binary trans woman and wanted to change her name as she saw fit. People associate the full name "Kadamba" with masculinity, but Cadie is a gender nonconforming. (And in actuality, Kadamba is burflower with no concept of the construct, like god forbid women have anything right /j)
Though she is legally known as "Kusoom", the feminine spelling. She decided on that as her first choice. So people in her community don't misgender her in the first place. She might make "Cadie" official later when she gets the chance. In New Jersey, people just think her name's Katie. Close enough?
Sometimes she visits Wyoming every now and then to see her one and only nephew. (Hint, hint.)
Her sisters have always been supportive(With Raj helping her transition as the family attorney). Mom and Dad see it as foreign and new, but support Cadie's gender identity.
(Hindu texts recognize queer experiences as important, and there are genderfluid Hindu deities.)
Mom makes an attempt to remember her youngest daughter is Cadie, not Jayasri. Dad is just indifferent. (And is kinda generally queerphobic...)
Cadie is an aroace trans lesbian, Jayasri is closeted bi, Raj has no specified label(nonbinary woman) and is just non-partnering.