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Things Only Indian Hipsters Understand

Going your own way isn't always easy. Lacoste L!VE knows this, which is why they want to celebrate the #NewPerspective.

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1. Spending Rs. 100 on a coffee.

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And considering it money well spent.

2. Trying to explain to your aunties that you're vegan/on a clean-eating diet.

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And having them tell you that you look too skinny and ask if your mum is feeding you right.

3. The pain of trying to find skinny jeans that fit when you've got curves.

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You've not yet accepted that you're far from the hipster androgynous ideal. Maybe you can do something creative with a lungi or a low-slung sari instead?

4. The struggle of trying to find somewhere that sells the latest comic books.

But on the plus side, you do have almost exclusive access to Tinkle and Chacha Chaudhary.
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But on the plus side, you do have almost exclusive access to Tinkle and Chacha Chaudhary.

5. Your parents having no idea what your job means.

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6. Only being able to wear your skinny jeans for three months of the year.

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Unless you want to melt in to a puddle.

7. Trying to maintain an ice-cool persona when your extended family insists on calling you Pappu/Pinky.

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8. The importance of fairy lights.

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Your key decorating tool.

9. Having to get creative with clothing.

So you own one or more of the following: customised dhotis, repurposed saris, satchels, nerd specs, wooden Buddha clogs, skinny jeans, plaid shirt, combat boots, and a pair of neon browline sunglasses (bought from Janpath market, of course).
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So you own one or more of the following: customised dhotis, repurposed saris, satchels, nerd specs, wooden Buddha clogs, skinny jeans, plaid shirt, combat boots, and a pair of neon browline sunglasses (bought from Janpath market, of course).

10. Getting nostalgic for old-school things.

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Meaning that you get to appreciate Doordarshan cartoons and Amar Chitra Katha comics all over again.

11. The feeling you get when you hit gold at Chor Bazaar.

Your coffees might cost a small fortune, but when your outfit cost just Rs. 20, it all evens out.
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Your coffees might cost a small fortune, but when your outfit cost just Rs. 20, it all evens out.

12. You get waaayyy too excited when you meet someone with similar interests.

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"You like Wes Anderson, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee too?! We must be soulmates!"

13. Having to take out a bank loan to pay for a drink at the latest hot spot.

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A vodka and coke = Rs. 2000 and a kidney.

14. Reading Pitchfork to learn about new bands.

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Then filling up your playlists with music by Crystal Antlers, Wilco, The Fall, Arcade Fire, Bent Shapes, Iron Chic, The Stooges, The Kinks, and Daft Punk.

15. Spending hours looking at vintage photos of Sadhana…

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…Because you're trying to get the perfect eyeliner flick.

16. Always being told to "smile" in photos.

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When you'd rather be perfecting your far-away, deep-in-thought candid pose.

17. Having to take an extra-large suitcase whenever you travel abroad.

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To stock up on necessities and obscure items that you can't get back home.

18. Explaining to your mum that your hair isn't messy.

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It's just not poker-straight. It's MEANT to look kinda wild.

19. People repeatedly asking you why you're wearing such "ugly" shoes.

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Because you wouldn't be seen in chappals or ballerina pumps.

20. That smug feeling you get when you see someone paying for the gym.

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When you know that they could be getting fit by doing yoga or cycling.

21. The feeling you get when you find a place with free Wi-Fi.

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22. You judge people by their bookshelves.

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Ernest Hemingway, Bertolt Brecht, Jack Kerouac, Jonathan Safran Foer, Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Stephen Chbosky, Thomas Pynchon, and Oscar Wilde – YES.

Dan Brown or Chetan Bhagat – are you serious?!

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