Agreed Gunjan is a modern city gal!! and yes I agree Australia would probably be good for her in terms of her education and career, and also yes, now that she has lost her mother, her next best friend is her father. Yes, I also agree that her parents did her wrong by keeping her in the dark - she deserved better.
Now I am trying to analyse what Sneha had in mind. Sneha wanted her last days to be filled with happiness for her daughter - she did not want her daughter to brood more than is necessary. Perhaps Sneha was right - after all death is unpredictable - it can come at any time - what if it was a tragic accident - Sneha would have been snatched away from Gunjan without notice . Perhaps we should look at it from this angle - that death can take anyone away without warning. What purpose would it have served to have known it earlier - it would just make the last days for Gunjan and Sneha more melancholy - a sadness underlying the happiness that they shared.
Sneha loved her daughter so much. She must have a reason for wanting Gunjan to stay with her aunt iinstead of her father. Her father is still young, he probably may re-marry and then what happens - would Gunjan be able to accept that?
I think Sneha was looking beyond education and career when she thought of having her sister bring her daughter up. True a girl needs a mother - and a mother's sister - somehow there is an intangible bond there - inexplicable - but yes there is a bond - particularly if two sisters have been close to each other. Now closeness of a relationship does not mean one has to be in touch with each other all the time- closeness of a relationship such as shared by Sneha an Shail is that of a sacred bond - a bond of blood sisters - even though they hardly met - when they did meet, it was like they were never apart. That is the bond that Sneha and Shail shared.
I also think that Sneha felt that her sister's love and care would be what Gunjan needed. A bit of "country" would be good for Gunjan's character building. A family that is conservative but with all the right values, a family that is conservative may just be what Gunjan needs to rein her in a bit.
And I am sure Gunjan would also have a part to play in making the family perhaps a little less conservative.
And as for Gunjan being away from her dad - well that is nothing new - he has been away - after all Gunjan and her mum loved in mumbai not in Australia where dad is!! So Gunjan is used to having a long-distance dad. A dad who proobably has no clue how to bring up a teenage daughter with lots of angst!!.
Its going to be interesting to see the change that Gunjan will go through and the changes she will herself bring to Rachana and the family...