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How Middle-Class Were You Raised?

Click if your new clothes were someone else's old clothes and your old clothes became mops.

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