Covered the TV remote with plastic.Smacked the remote to make it work.Exchanged remote batteries with wall clock.Left a new phone's screen cover on.Left a new car's seat covers on.Left the door closed after the AC is off.Had the sofa upholstered, then covered it for "protection".Used fancy plates for guests, but stainless steel for yourself.Used the fancy tablecloth for guests, and the plastic one with the fam.Mixed water with the last five drops of shampoo so it lasts longer.Cut the back of the toothpaste tube so it lasts longer.Used old clothes as "pochha".Used old clothes for dusting.Given your old clothes away to smaller cousins to wear.Refused to switch on the AC in the car.Bought pre-owned textbooks.Refused to write with the pen in textbooks, to sell them later.Photocopied entire textbooks to save money.Have a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags.Used soft drink bottles as water bottles.Learnt fractions by ordering "one by two" in restaurants.Purchased uniforms a size larger to last more than a year.Insisted on taking a group tour with SOTC.Ensured the SOTC group tour is also in the off-season.Eaten Indian food no matter where the hell SOTC took you.Bought something just because it had something free with it.Not ordered a dish your mum could just make at home.Presented a detailed argument to your parents to buy ice cream.Got yelled at for ruining your new shoes.Got yelled at for not turning the lights off.Got yelled at for not finishing your food.Got yelled at for not changing into your sleep clothes.Polished your own school shoes.Ordered "regular water" instead of "mineral water" at restaurants, always.Bought something just because it was on discount.Pooled in with your friends to purchase a football.Never had a full kit while playing cricket.Made up highly enjoyable games on the spot.Been yelled at to get off the phone or "pay the bill".Given a missed call to your folks to save your talktime.Told someone, "Wait, I'll call you from the landline".Called landlines from landlines, and mobiles from mobiles, to save money.Used a hand-me-down cellphone with the "Snake" game as your first phone.Had trust issues, as the butter cookie box was always full of sewing equipment.Never worn any branded clothing but still looked fine AF.Got really good at buying the classiest fake stuff.Limewired your favourite albums because you couldn't buy music.Mistakenly downloaded a virus and reinstalled your fake Windows Vista.Recorded songs from the radio onto a cassette for later listening.Called into a radio show to request your favourite song.Exchanged books with your friends instead of purchasing a copy.Stole your first ever make-up tools/ shaving kit from your parents'.Wore your dad's old blazer/ mom's old saree to your school farewell.Took a bucket bath.Mashed two soaps together to make a mutant soap.Waited for festival season so that your relatives offer you cash money.Reluctantly refused money from a relative to be polite.Wore socks despite their elastic band not being so elastic anymore.Stayed up wrapping your textbooks on the last day of vacation.Saved up to buy chips and amass your tazo collection.Got a library subscription and exchanged books every week.Got excited whenever a relative returned from a foreign land for that pack of assorted sweets.Licked a plate of Maggi dry after finishing all the noodles.Haggled with an auto rickshaw-driver.Haggled with a taxi driver.Used Sodexo coupons to pay for your groceries.Used Sodexo coupons to buy coffee.Asked the auto-rickshaw driver if he also accepts Sodexo.Asked the vegetable seller for some free dhania and/or mirchi.Had a common bar of soap for the whole family.Skipped dessert at a restaurant.Bought things on wholesale.Clicked silly photos in the local dress while on vacation.Been super excited when you went to the supermarket instead of the local store.Been told to do some dusting around the house for once in your goddamn life.Asked the panipuri/phuchka/golgappa seller for an extra masala puri.Been told to get a 100 in your math test or you'll never be successful.Got smacked if you didn't know your tables, because now you will never be successful.Squeezed in as many people as possible in the family car.Faced the ignominy of sitting on someone's lap.Been told to not waste a single grain of food ever.Hated yourself for taking a taxi instead of a bus.Collected loose change from an auto-rickshaw ride and felt super rich.Collected loose change after grocery shopping and felt super rich.Used coconut oil to style your hair instead of product.Felt compelled to offer to pay for dinner, even if you weren't the host.Strongly insisted you still pay the bill, whilst holding the host's wrist and going, "ARREY?!"Put your wallet back inside, while muttering, "Okay chal next time".Missed your favourite cartoon while your mum caught up on her TV serial.Got excited when you were dropped to school in the family car instead of the bus.Treated going for the movies as some sort of pilgrimage.Waited all year round for your birthday, expecting to get loaded.Got mad when someone gave you clothes, and not toys.Humbly accepted every gift on your birthday with gratitude.Launched yourself at the gift pile like a rabid wolverine after the guests left.But made sure to not mess up the wrapping paper, so it can be reused later.Reused the gift itself.Been asked by your father if your father is an ATM.Been asked if "money grows on trees".Been asked if your father is Ambani.
How Middle-Class Were You Raised?
You didn't really grow up all that middle-class. That's not necessarily a good or a bad thing, but you definitely missed out on a butt-load of fun!
Your upbringing wasn't all that middle-class. Regardless, you still had a whoooole lot of fun growing up.
Enough hilarious things happened while growing up for it to qualify as "middle-class". Well, good on you! You had one of the most interesting, funniest upbringings you could possibly have.
Your life was full of all the glorious, idiosyncratic things that make growing up middle-class so enjoyable.
You grew up so middle-class that you probably still wrap your TV remote in plastic today. Well, celebrate your glorious upbringing with pride!
Your upbringing was literally more middle-class than anyone around you. Good on you, because it's excellent preparation for the future. Oh, and it was also a hell lotta fun too, wasn't it?