By Kriti Rana


As unlikely as it may seem, a comparison can be drawn between Pennywise the Clown and the Pepsi Aunty.

You know, Pepsi aunty?

The nosy, neighbourhood aunty? The one who is more keen to learn of your academic grades than even your own parents are? The one you’re afraid to run into when out with your friends?

Yes, the very same. Let me illustrate. 

# They pop up unexpectedly

Something that is very common in the two is that they pop up when you least expect them. Both Pennywise the Clown from ‘It’ and your nosy colony aunty, it seems, pop up unexpectedly, and both of them do so when they are least expected and wanted.

An encounter with them is something that we all want to avoid because once it happens, there is no escape. I mean, how hard is it to even get away from them?

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I swear the government should probably just pay these aunties in gossip to spy on other people, rather than spending all that money on drones and CCTVs.

# They prey on young children

Children being easier to manipulate and scare, are the preferred prey of Pennywise the Clown. Pennywise the Dancing Clown attacks children so that it can capture and devour them. If you think about it, the pados wali aunty may have similar motives.

While the Pepsi Aunty doesn’t literally captures and devours children (not literally, anyway), we are very well familiar with the feeling that we get whenever we run into the ‘pados wali aunties’ and are bombarded by her never-ending questions which make us question our very existence and convince us that our future is doomed.

Like, how many times do aunties have to ask us about our future within a three-day period? Do we really sort out our futures in three days? I can barely sort out my dinner for the same day. 

While one of them literally hunts you and devours you, the other does so figuratively, but the fact remains that both of them survive and thrive by preying on children. Screw the traffickers in Slumdog Millionaire, Pepsi aunties are the real threat to a happy, fearless childhood and adolescence. 

# They’re your worst fears

Pennywise the Dancing Clown prefers to kill and devour children, not by nature, but rather because children’s fears are easier to manipulate and then interpret into a physical form. It prefers to prey on children because they are easier to fill with terror, which Pennywise the Dancing Clown says is akin to salting the meat. Its physical form consumes the bodies of the children whereas its spiritual component consumes their faith.

To sum it up in simpler words, Pennywise the Dancing Clown embodies your worst fears and uses them against you.

Keep that in mind and now think of the numerous instances when you unexpectedly ran into your neighbor aunty or were forced into a conversation with her. Think of the feeling you get when you see the Pepsi Aunty. And now think of Pennywise the Dancing Clown again.

When you compare these feelings, you will realise that they not only symbolise but actually embody your worst fears and you never ever want to run into them.

Because while Pennywise the Dancing Clown will feed on you body and soul, the ‘pados wali aunty’ will bombard you with questions that consume your happiness, soul and the will to live. So much so that you wish the earth would just consume you. Or that maybe you can get away with slapping one of those aunties with their big, fat purses.    

So, as unlikely as it may seem, both Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the Pepsi Aunty are actually very similar. They prey and devour the soul (and body in case of Pennywise the Clown) of unsuspecting children and make children filled with terror at the thought of an encounter with them.      

Watch ‘It,’ if you haven’t yet. If you don’t plan to, no worries. Just have a soul-sucking conversation with your pados-wali, Pepsi aunties. That horror will be your dose for a month or two. Good luck.

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