Author: Preethi Anantha Narasimhan
5 Humble Requests
When I came out of my India as a student to UK, I met a lot of new people. Lot of wonderful people, some from India too. It was a very beautiful experience to come to a foreign country and settle in and study and make a new life out of the university! I’m sure that my fellow Indians who have stayed abroad will share my feeling 🙂
However, I’m also pretty sure that many of you have come across people from our very own India who have annoyed you to the bones! These are the kind that just take you for granted just because you too are from India and talked to you like you’re friends from time immemorial and given you free advice and acted as if he/she’s seen it all and done it all in life! Surprisingly though, I have met many Indians who feel the same way about other Indians here.
Here are 5 things I’d like to say to such people! (Hopefully excluding me ; ) 😀 )
I don’t want to be friends with every Indian I see!
Hello, I just met you, so don’t ‘tu-tu’ and ‘abbey’ me! I don’t go hug every one when I’m in my own country, what the hell happened? Would you have done the same if you’d met me in IIT Madras or IIM Ahmedabad?? Just because I’m in a foreign country, all Indians are suddenly my chuddy buddies, eh?!
Not that I don’t want to be friends with an Indian, but not solely because you’re an Indian! Come on! I need my time to get to know you! To me, before you’re an Indian, you’re just another person, so back off! I didn’t come here to make friends with every Indian I can spot!
Are you not a member of the _ _ _ “Indian Society”??
What?! I just came from India! And I have enough number of Indians in my life! Thank you but I’d rather spend time meeting people from all over the world. I love Indians, but what I’d love more is to meet people from different parts of the world who speak different languages and eat different kinds of food and treat people differently!
Yes, I don’t want to be stuck up meeting Indians who easily talk in Hindi in front of the one-poor-foreigner (who somehow got sucked into the group) who does not understand it! More so, not with those kind of Indians who have fun at his expense!
And for all you know, I might not even know Hindi just becauseIm from India. And I might not even want to learn it!
So yes, stop forcing me to go to every other Indian society party! every-damn-week!
Thanks! But no free advice please!
Just because you’re from the same country as me, doesn’t mean you’ve had the same life as me. So before you go all “don’t you know this?? You should do this” “haven’t you ever?! You should try that” “you’ve never…??You must go here” look at your sorry face!
Grow up! Everybody is different!
And people will do what they want and like to do whether or not you ‘advice’ them to. When I’m smiling and saying yeah, trust me, I’m trying hard to keep my fist down! Don’t give me gyaan just because you’re from the same country I’m from. My ‘gyan’ to you instead is to use the time to grow up!
So are you in a relationship??? Tell me about him/her!!
Excuse me? Do I know you?! At allll????
I just met you! What makes you think I’m going to discuss my relationship with an utter stranger!??! Its my private life! Do you go about asking that to every westerner you’ve just met a week back?? I’m also another human being and I choose people I want to talk to! And if at all I do tell you, it’s because I’ve made a friend in you! Not just because you’re from my country.
I’m also another human being and I choose people I want to talk to! And if at all I do tell you, it’s because I’ve made a friend in you! Not just because you’re from my country.
How do you eat this ‘ghaas-phoos’? Try this na, just once..
Would you dare say that to a vegetarian westerner?? Why! You’re sure you’ll get a pretty nasty answer! What makes you think I’ll not be offended when you say that? Or are you plain insensitive and don’t care?? Don’t talk down to a vegetarian!
Every vegetarian is a vegetarian because of his or her own different reason and whatever it is, it is none of your goddamn businesses! So do not try to make us change our habits, how often do you see a vegetarian Indian asking you to stop eating non-veg!? If we do, it’s probably to tell you in your own language to mind your business!
All said and done, I love India and Indians are still the most amazing people you can meet!There are just these handful of such selected specimens (unfortunately very high in numbers in a foreign country compared to the people in entire India put together) that you need to avoid 😀 otherwise, we are the best 😉
There are just these handful of such selected specimens (unfortunately very high in numbers in a foreign country compared to the people in entire India put together) that you need to avoid 😀 otherwise, we are the best 😉
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