Tuesday, March 11, 2008

#13: Being Stupid in Response to Fear


"Beta, did you finish your shtudies?"
"Rinku, are you saving your money?"
"Pinku, have you found someone yet?"
"Tinku, are you really eating meat?"

These are a few questions Indians face everyday. Moreover, they lay the impenetrable foundation for a lifetime of fear.

Indians in America must live up to a certain expectation. First generation immigrants have a chip on their shoulder about leaving their homeland. Family still residing in India will think of their American family differently no matter how "Indian" they remain. Thus, Indians in America frequently feel the need to be SUPER Indians. This causes further division as India was originally a country full of warring kingdoms. So, in actuality, Indian parents want their children to fall in-line with the region they are from. And so it goes from region to state to city to village until the exact personal insecurities of an Indian-American parent is forcing their child to marry her second cousin.

Sound absurd? Go up to the next Shradha you know, and ask her to describe her ideal husband. If she doesn't give you a description that's more detailed than the DSM IV, our new intern, Aunim, will go without sleep for 3 days.

Fear.

Fear of not being in the top 5% of your high school class (while not knowing how to operate central air-conditioning). Fear of not becoming a doctor (while being a callous prick who would never be a doctor for free). Fear of not making enough cash (while buying an automatic 3 series BMW that never gets taken care of).

Lies.

Lies result from this constant fear. They are not always blatant lies (although they often are), but the continuous posturing to show one's resume-self and not one's real-self strains the young Indian American until he takes his vodka cranberry aggression out on petite ameet (This isn't right no matter how much it is deserved).

So, my fellow ABCDs, stop being afraid, stop listening to your parents' paranoia, and start listening to Matthew Santos, Kanye West, Billy Bragg, Nas, Mighty Casey, and Chester French.


Wow, this blog got preachy.

15 comments:

Mahotma in Herre said...

Matthew Santos? The fictional presidential candidate played by Jimmy Smitts in the final season of the West Wing? Amen, brother. RIP Leo Thomas McGarry.

Sunkrish said...

Also, long live Toby Ziegler... right? Right.

Mahotma in Herre said...

But Richard Schiff is still alive, right? Right?!

whordeboryeeeat said...

it's slightly interesting that in response to searching for "aunim hossain," google asks if you meant "tanim hossain."

that must wear on a kid's psyche

DholBoyFresh said...

i usually search myself when i need a pick me up (to see if my math competition scores are still up from 1998).

then i see that bullshit. f google.

Anonymous said...

Fuck indian anyways, they are the cancer of the planet.

Anonymous said...

Guys before commenting on Indians you should check this link http://www.nagpurdarpan.com/main/indian.htm

And still do you believe that Indians are like that ??????????

Anonymous said...

WOW! Amazing all these things India USED to be! What you provide us now, all the doctors and engineers and what not, all the socially handicapped individuals who are terrified of anything that isn't remotely similar to their culture, all those of you - which are MANY - who will do anything for a life in America, for a visa, for money and status, for material goods. Nothing but superficiality from those who claim to be such espiritual human beings. Perhaps the greater truth lies in India, perhaps it was indeed found there, but nowadays it has been completely lost. I don't see how great and holy can a hypocrite be; Or do you honestly think advances in science by those indians who live for the books - always have and always will - will solely guide a nation to Nirvana? One of the fastest growing markets in the world? Your thirst for consumism has become greater than of America itself. If once India was great, which it most definitely was, now it fools itself by that same greatness; by preaching its principles and assuring its actions go on the exact oposite way.

Ravinson said...

Indians are stupid and that's it. All indians are retarded and demented and can't stablish a decent 5 minutes dialogue

FUmar erva todo o dia
É uma grande alegria

COP 17 climate conference said...

Yes, I am an Indian and we are stupid, dumb and even more. It was the whites who started modern civilisation as we know it. Therefore we can deduce that the industrial revolution does truly exemplify white supreme thinkers. BMW, mercedes, atom bombs, nuclear bombs, guns, oil, trains,trucks and buses and stock markets. Oh and computers, and yes, we would all be dressed in animal skin and only have our primitive tools to carry out daily tasks if not for whites. We are truly indebted to them. Psst come closer and listen. I'm only writing this to convince the (cop 17) climate conference in Durban that Europe and America should contribute more funds for global warming projects because they are the cause of global warming, despite we being the world's biggest polluters for obvious reasons. Its only fair. This crisis is as a result of WHITE THINKERS after all. Oh and cigarettes and alcohol and drugs and also other social problems should also be attributed to WHITES. Actually Klu Klux Klan believe they are descendants of the aryan race but so did Hitler. Here is a riddle. Whites hate blacks so where did all the coloureds came from I wonder?
Peace and goodluck, all!

R. J. Moore II said...

There are some genuinely attractive, intelligent people with agency who are 'Indian', largely the descendents of the Aryan invasion Hindutva psychopaths deny ever happened. Unfortunately, most of them fled the country or went to Pakistan because they didn't want to be forced to live in a communist democracy with little brown goblins who shit in the streets.

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