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Conversations with Indian parents.

Conversations with Indian parents.

You- mum .. dad .. – what is sex?

Dad yells to mum- “This is why I told you to put her/ him in an all boys/girls school!.. Nonsense..!”

Mum – “ bachaa , you go ask your teacher ok.”

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You- mum .. dad .. I want to take up arts..

Dad – what! Your grandfather was a doctor! Your great grandfather was an engineer.. your brother is a doctor!.. you want to do arts?.. what will you do for money?... beg on the streets?... eh??/.. don’t expect money from us.. I will kick you out of the house on your behind.. and then we will see where this arts will take you.

Mom- beta.. are you sure?..

Dad- what sure! .. I am sure.. that is more than enough.. how will you show your face to nana, nani .. dada dadi.. blah blah blee blee..?.. (at this point.. everything becomes blurry and you retrieve happier memories and fade out.

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you – dad.. mum – I think I can dance…

dad- go dance in your room.

you- (continues watching so you think you can dance quietly. )

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You- dad mum . I met someone.

Dad- ah.. so did I on my way back from work.. you don’t hear me announcing it .. ?

You- I mean I met someone I d like you ll to meet ..

Mom- beta .. would you like to help me in the kitchen !

You- no mom, I need to tell you guys about this,

Dad- (clutching his heart) this is why I told you ,, we should have put her/him in india.. they go abroad and run around in bikinis .. I knew this would happen! Who is this person you have met??

You- her name is shaniqua ..

Dad- eh?... hindu?..(Muslim?/ Catholic?/Pentecost?/ replace with any Indian minority /majority religion)

You- umm no.. not exactly. She is an atheist.

Dad- there is no such thing.. where are her parents from?.. where are they originally from?

You- hmm… I want to say Nigeria. But they are what you d call. African American.

Dad- WHAT

(This scenario applies to straight woman as well.. Replace shaniqua with jamal.)

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You- dad…

Dad- ah .. STARTED.. what is it this time?.. you want to become a hippie rapper and tour the world peddling drugs?.. eh?.. nonsense.. when are you going to get a job and settle down..

Mom- yes darling.. Nasser uncle said he d set you up with an administrative job. Lot of growth.

You- umm no .. its not about a job or peddling anything… I think I m gay.

!! CONGRATULATIONS!! .. you just killed your Indian parents.!!

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Quiet Cascade

Quiet Cascade

In the sanctity of a broken mind.

In the sanctity of a broken mind.