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35 Things That Are Too Damn Real For People Raised By Indian Parents

Me: Dad I want to be an actor! Dad: No beta, it's pronounced doctor.

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1. You were only allowed to follow a select range of pre-determined career options.

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Doctor, lawyer, engineer, or disgrace to the family. Hmmm.

2. Sometimes it seemed like all your family cared about was getting you married by a certain age.

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3. Saturdays were reserved for visiting the local temple, mandir, or gurdwara...

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4. ...while Sundays can be best remembered as the day your mum pushed you into attending language school.

5. Everything you ate was supposed to make you better in some way.

You had to eat four or five badams in the morning so your brain would be ~strong~ and ~focused~ for school.
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You had to eat four or five badams in the morning so your brain would be ~strong~ and ~focused~ for school.

6. In fact, your parents had "home remedies" for every ailment you suffered.

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7. And whenever an upset stomach was mentioned, you immediately got handed the Hajmola candy.

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8. Your house was filled with complimentary toiletries that your parents loved to hoard.

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9. Dating wasn't a thing until you were ready to be married...

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10. ...while going out anywhere was usually out of the question.

"OMG I won't go then, Mum. Jeez."
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"OMG I won't go then, Mum. Jeez."

11. Every cup of chai had to be served with wheat rusks.

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12. While meals were usually served on these steel dinner plates your parents purchased in India.

13. "Be more like other people" was basically your life motto.

"Why can't you be more like Priya's daughter? She gets good grades AND goes to bhangra class on the weekends."
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"Why can't you be more like Priya's daughter? She gets good grades AND goes to bhangra class on the weekends."

14. As was the constant reminder to "listen to your parents, relatives, elders, AND the Indian community."

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15. It was always difficult to determine whether your family was having an argument or laughing at a joke because they were so loud...

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16. ...ESPECIALLY when they were talking on the phone.

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17. You couldn't cut your nails at night or get haircuts on certain days because of ~superstitions~.

18. Telling jokes to your parents was also off-limits.

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19. As was mentioning members of the opposite sex.

20. This box of sewing supplies would always be mistaken for Danish cookies.

Ditto for dhaal hiding in ice cream containers in the freezer.
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Ditto for dhaal hiding in ice cream containers in the freezer.

21. Starving yourself before an extended family dinner was a MUST.

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22. But the worst thing was biting into one of these while eating fresh biryani.

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23. Good grades were always important, no matter the context.

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24. There was literally nothing that excited your mum more than meeting your Indian friends.

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25. These household items will always be your worst nightmare.

*Shudders when thinking of the dreaded chappal.*
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*Shudders when thinking of the dreaded chappal.*

26. Since you never really had "the talk", you had to act surprised when watching a sex scene with your parents.

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27. No matter how good you thought you looked, your mum always had something to say.

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28. Missing calls from your parents was basically a death wish.

Indian mother logic: After 1 missed call: He is busy. I'll call later. After 2 calls: Why is he so busy? After 3 calls: Oh no. He's dead.

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29. But nothing hurt an Indian mother more than when you chose to eat out.

List of unforgivable sins, according to Indian mothers: 5. Drugs 4. Theft 3. Murder 2. Premarital Sex 1. Why didn't you eat dinner at home?

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30. Every family event was basically you getting your cheeks pinched by your aunties.

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"Look how big you're getting, beta!!!!" *PINCH*

31. And come Diwali, your phone would be filled with messages like this from your relatives.

I can't wait for Diwali to be over purely so my relatives stop sending me things like this over whatsapp… https://t.co/VQmZ35jwDJ

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32. Your house always seemed to smell like incense or curry.

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33. Anything was better than having to talk to your relatives from back home.

After all the small talk would be over you would try to hand back the phone to your mum who had conveniently disappeared.
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After all the small talk would be over you would try to hand back the phone to your mum who had conveniently disappeared.

34. Except maybe trying to reason with your mum when she pulled out the "no, I will die" card.

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35. And nothing was louder or more annoying than the sound of the pressure cooker going off.

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