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What Indian parents say but what they really mean

Indian parents rarely ever speak about certain things directly. They will beat around the bush, imply a lot, talk in a roundabout way and well, expect you to figure out what they were trying to say. 30 years on, I still occasionally struggle with the message my parents are trying to convey.

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However, I have still made progress and am willing to share some of my secrets with you. Presenting to you, my readers, what Indian parents really mean when they say the following things:

Our neighbour’s daughter was up at 5 this morning.

What they really mean: Why can’t you be more like their child and study harder instead of sleeping in till 8?

So you got 85% in Maths…

What they really mean: Where the fuck did you lose that 15%? I’m spending all this money on getting you tutored and you can’t even get 100% in Maths. What’s going to happen to you in life? Oh god…what did I do to deserve this?!

So you topped the class in English…that’s an easy subject

What they really mean: English doesn’t matter. What matters is subjects like Maths, Science, History, Geography and Hindi. Why can’t you do well in those? Why can’t you top in those? What are you going to do with good marks in English? Oh god…what did we do to deserve this?

Are you sure you want to pursue Arts after your School Certificate?

What they really mean: Everyone is pursuing science and going on to medicine or engineering. How will I face my friends and tell them you are doing arts? Please reconsider!

We have always trusted you and you have never let us down

What they really mean: Don’t you dare do anything irresponsible now and spoil the family name!

Did you know that {insert acquaintance name here} is getting married?

What they really mean: When are you going to get married? Why are you so stubborn you won’t let us find someone for you?

You know {insert person’s name} son? He just got a very good job in {insert well-known organisation}

What they really mean: Why don’t you meet him? He’ll make such a good husband.

By the way, {insert acquaintance or random person’s name here} daughter is pregnant.

What they really mean: And here I am still waiting to become a grandparent. Waiting. Waiting.

So what does he do?

What they really mean: Is he a doctor or an engineer? Does he earn in the millions? Has he got a postgraduate degree? And if he isn’t and doesn’t have any of these, what is wrong with you?

What is his family like?

What they really mean: Have they got the same values as us? Do they think like we do? Are they sane? {Because yes, we are all oh-so-sane!}

We would like you to get married than just live together.

What they really mean: Do not have sex before marriage. We just don’t want to talk about sex with you but we assume you will understand what we mean.

We are fine

What they really mean: You are supposed to read our mind and figure out that we are not.

I will pray for you

What they really mean: I’m afraid you are a lost cause and now there is no other option but to pray to the Gods to help you see some light. And by light, we mean our way of thinking.

Okay

What they really mean: Not okay!

Have you got any other gems about what your parents say {Indian or not!}?

Do share!

***Linking with Jess for IBOT and Emily and Vanessa for Laugh Link***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Tonia Zemek
    7 October 2014 at 6:49 am

    Hi – thrilled to have discovered your blog via I Blog On Tuesday. Nice to kick the morning off with a few laughs, thanks!

  • Tonia Zemek
    7 October 2014 at 6:49 am

    Hi – thrilled to have discovered your blog via I Blog On Tuesday. Nice to kick the morning off with a few laughs, thanks!

  • Danielle L
    7 October 2014 at 8:39 am

    Very funny, although I don’t think some of them are only restricted to Indian parents! thanks for the insight 🙂

  • Danielle L
    7 October 2014 at 8:39 am

    Very funny, although I don’t think some of them are only restricted to Indian parents! thanks for the insight 🙂

  • Sam
    7 October 2014 at 11:34 am

    Oh, I wish I read this earlier! I have a series of four children’s books coming out in Feb and one of the characters is a girl with an Indian-born mum… I could’ve used some of your quotes 😉

  • Sam
    7 October 2014 at 11:34 am

    Oh, I wish I read this earlier! I have a series of four children’s books coming out in Feb and one of the characters is a girl with an Indian-born mum… I could’ve used some of your quotes 😉

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    7 October 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Nodding my head because a lot of that is how my parents used to speak to us three, we also got the “I’m very disappointed in you” way to make you feel UBER guilty. Thank for linking x
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    7 October 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Nodding my head because a lot of that is how my parents used to speak to us three, we also got the “I’m very disappointed in you” way to make you feel UBER guilty. Thank for linking x
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  • Ankita
    7 October 2014 at 3:51 pm

    hahahah! this post just cracked me up like anything!!!!

    but on a serious note, this is the true reality of Indian parents and families 😛
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  • Ankita
    7 October 2014 at 3:51 pm

    hahahah! this post just cracked me up like anything!!!!

    but on a serious note, this is the true reality of Indian parents and families 😛
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  • Josefa @always Josefa
    7 October 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Ahhh yes the ever so true parent translations – I think this applies across many cultures 😉 My question is – will we be saying such things to our kids one day? Josefa #teamIBOT

  • Josefa @always Josefa
    7 October 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Ahhh yes the ever so true parent translations – I think this applies across many cultures 😉 My question is – will we be saying such things to our kids one day? Josefa #teamIBOT

  • JK
    7 October 2014 at 7:11 pm

    This made my Wednesday night complete.

    A very amusing and insightful look into another culture’s dialect. Loved every bit.

    You learn something imperfect every day on this blog.

  • JK
    7 October 2014 at 7:11 pm

    This made my Wednesday night complete.

    A very amusing and insightful look into another culture’s dialect. Loved every bit.

    You learn something imperfect every day on this blog.

  • Rajlakshmi
    7 October 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I totally agree with you, specially the English language one.
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  • Rajlakshmi
    7 October 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I totally agree with you, specially the English language one.
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  • EssentiallyJess
    7 October 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Oh I was giggling all the way through this! What a terrible failure you must be 😉
    It’s amazing how even after we are grown, that parental guilt never fails to make itself heard! No matter what the culture.
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  • EssentiallyJess
    7 October 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Oh I was giggling all the way through this! What a terrible failure you must be 😉
    It’s amazing how even after we are grown, that parental guilt never fails to make itself heard! No matter what the culture.
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  • Tegan
    7 October 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Haha oh dear some of these sound a bit harsh!
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  • Tegan
    7 October 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Haha oh dear some of these sound a bit harsh!
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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    8 October 2014 at 12:44 am

    Haha! So true bout parents ready to hang us!

  • Vishal Bheeroo
    8 October 2014 at 12:44 am

    Haha! So true bout parents ready to hang us!

  • Kathy S Combs
    8 October 2014 at 10:06 am

    WOW, I hope I never act like that with my kids! But honestly, I probably do . 😛 On the most part my mom was always my biggest cheerleader and my Dad never said much. I could get straight A’s, which he did, and he would say.. that is just fine. Fine???Fine??? It is extraordinary! What more do you want from me??? I get you! LOL Great blog! Parents always want us to be our best.
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  • Kathy S Combs
    8 October 2014 at 10:06 am

    WOW, I hope I never act like that with my kids! But honestly, I probably do . 😛 On the most part my mom was always my biggest cheerleader and my Dad never said much. I could get straight A’s, which he did, and he would say.. that is just fine. Fine???Fine??? It is extraordinary! What more do you want from me??? I get you! LOL Great blog! Parents always want us to be our best.
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  • Laurel Regan
    8 October 2014 at 11:33 am

    Love this! And maybe not just Indian parents! 😉
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  • Laurel Regan
    8 October 2014 at 11:33 am

    Love this! And maybe not just Indian parents! 😉
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  • Maddie
    8 October 2014 at 11:02 pm

    How did you forget “When we were your age, we would…..” meaning “you are spoilt, don’t value money and not as good enough or obedient as we were..”

  • Maddie
    8 October 2014 at 11:02 pm

    How did you forget “When we were your age, we would…..” meaning “you are spoilt, don’t value money and not as good enough or obedient as we were..”

  • Pixie
    9 October 2014 at 2:41 am

    LOL!!
    how true!! 😀

  • Pixie
    9 October 2014 at 2:41 am

    LOL!!
    how true!! 😀

  • Aditi
    9 October 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hehe Sanch!! Nicely decoded! 😉

  • Aditi
    9 October 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hehe Sanch!! Nicely decoded! 😉

  • Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    9 October 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is gold! So much of this can be translated to parents in general, and some of it even to wives (because I know I have used one or two of these on Dave and just expect him to read my mind! Dammit!).

  • Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    9 October 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is gold! So much of this can be translated to parents in general, and some of it even to wives (because I know I have used one or two of these on Dave and just expect him to read my mind! Dammit!).

  • Hugzilla
    10 October 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Bahahhahahhahahhaha! Oh Sanch, so many LOLs here and I’m a tough audience! This is so funny. I particularly loved the passive-aggressive comments about pregnancy and marriage. Gold.
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  • Hugzilla
    10 October 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Bahahhahahhahahhaha! Oh Sanch, so many LOLs here and I’m a tough audience! This is so funny. I particularly loved the passive-aggressive comments about pregnancy and marriage. Gold.
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  • Sarah Mac
    10 October 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Very funny post – my Mum used to say, ‘well, if it makes you happy …’ when what she really meant was ‘Oh, my god, have you lost your mind! – I would tell you it was a mad idea but I don’t want to deny myself the pleasure of telling you I told you so when it all goes horribly wrong’
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  • Sarah Mac
    10 October 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Very funny post – my Mum used to say, ‘well, if it makes you happy …’ when what she really meant was ‘Oh, my god, have you lost your mind! – I would tell you it was a mad idea but I don’t want to deny myself the pleasure of telling you I told you so when it all goes horribly wrong’
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  • Zita
    26 October 2014 at 9:44 pm

    hahahaha…too funny. And I can also relate to some of those as an Aussie with Aussie parents!!
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  • Zita
    26 October 2014 at 9:44 pm

    hahahaha…too funny. And I can also relate to some of those as an Aussie with Aussie parents!!
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    24 November 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That sometimes happen here as well, though I think, generally, our parents here are much more straight-forward. Doesn’t mean children always agree with them, he he…
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    24 November 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That sometimes happen here as well, though I think, generally, our parents here are much more straight-forward. Doesn’t mean children always agree with them, he he…
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