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28 Struggles All Australian-Indian Girls Definitely Went Through Growing Up

Getting teased for wearing henna but now it's ~festival fashion~.

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1. You always had to deal with annoying questions from people like “where are you REALLY from?"

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“I’m from Australia!” “No, but where are you REALLY from?” Ugh. I WAS BORN HERE YOU DUMBASS.

2. You had to take a week off school to attend any family friend’s wedding.

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All of a sudden your parents turned a blind eye to academic success because JASMEET AUNTY IS GETTING MARRIED!!

3. You had to say no to sleepovers, even though ALL your friends would be there.

Living out your fantasies from The Sleepover Club were just never gonna happen.
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Living out your fantasies from The Sleepover Club were just never gonna happen.

4. Your parents made you wear those god-awful rashies over your one-piece swimsuit.

There was literally no point in investing in a bikini.
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There was literally no point in investing in a bikini.

5. While your friends had posters of Justin Timberlake on their walls, you were staring into the dreamy eyes of Shah Rukh Khan.

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Drool.

6. And your friends' parents listened to The Beatles while yours listened to Mohammed Rafi.

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You probably didn't even listen to western music until you were, like, five.

7. Your friends served meat pies, sausage rolls, and fairy bread at birthday parties but you were all about the samosas.

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And those sweet, sweet jalebis.

8. When you wanted to go to the beach with your friends, you had to pack a cardigan or wide-brimmed hat to avoid being yelled at.

There’s no way your parents would let you get tanned.
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There’s no way your parents would let you get tanned.

9. Which meant you always subconsciously wished you were white.

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WHERE’S THE FAIR AND LOVELY???

10. For your family, the time of year for present-giving was Diwali or Vaisakhi.

but on diwali i get so much raw cash its better than presents

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Christmas Day? You sat at home and did nothing while your friends were having a family lunch at the beach.

11. Tiny Teddies for recess? NOPE.

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You were chowing down on some dhokla instead.

12. You could only dream when your friends were talking about the cute boys they had crushes on.

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You basically had to forget about dating.

13. You also had to forget about socialising with boys full stop.

A boy? What’s that?
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A boy? What’s that?

14. When you were in high school, the local library was more of a social place.

A chance to catch up with friends, not study physics.
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A chance to catch up with friends, not study physics.

15. So basically, you had to lead a double life.

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“Mum, I’m staying back at school to study!” Yeah, nah.

16. You always erupted in a fit of laughter during the scene in Bend It Like Beckham when Jess hugs Jules and the aunty rides by thinking she’s kissing a boy.

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Oh the horror.

17. In fact, that entire movie just made you say “this is me AF”.

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Thank you, Jesminder, for being an icon of our time.

18. When your friends started dating, you had to contemplate the possibility of an arranged marriage.

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Your. Friends. Were. Horrified.

19. Wanted to study design, fashion, or anything creative? Ha.

Medicine or law only.
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Medicine or law only.

20. You wanted to get your nose pierced to look edgy and cool, but really it just made you look more Indian.

Gonna pierce my nose for my 18th birthday idc how indian I'll look IDC IDC IDC

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At least you can authentically rock the nose chain on your wedding day!

21. Henna was something you got teased for at school.

“Why do your fingers look like carrots?” WELL NOW YOU’RE WEARING HENNA TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS AREN’T U BISH?
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“Why do your fingers look like carrots?” WELL NOW YOU’RE WEARING HENNA TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS AREN’T U BISH?

22. Same with bindis.

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Suddenly they're cool? You've been serving that ~lewk~ since you were 10.

23. You also got teased for having thick brows, even though now they're a makeup trend.

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Thank goodness you didn't thin them down in the '00s like everyone else.

24. Brown kids gravitating towards the other brown kids was normal in every school.

And referring to each other as “curries” but getting offended when your white friends did the same.
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And referring to each other as “curries” but getting offended when your white friends did the same.

25. Cha time was lit.

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De-lic-ious.

26. Once you hit the age of 18, you constantly had to hide from taxi drivers on the way home from the club.

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Every Indian knows every Indian and they will FOR SURE tell your mum about what a mess you were.

27. Calling every brown adult “uncle” or “aunty” was totally normal.

From the uncle who worked with your nana in Uganda, to the lady who came from the same Punjabi village as your mum.
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From the uncle who worked with your nana in Uganda, to the lady who came from the same Punjabi village as your mum.

28. But no matter what, you were always in awe of the culture that felt true to you.

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Even though growing up was a little bit confusing sometimes.