Relatives and their perceptions in India and outside India

Mother-in-law
In India: A woman capable of making your life miserable.

Outside India: A woman you never fight with, because where else you will find such a dedicated baby sitter for free?

Husband

In India: A boring human species, who listens more to his mother than you, and orders you around to serve him, his parents and siblings.

Outside India: Still boring, but now a useful human species that comes in handy when the house needs to be vacuumed.

Friends

In India: A person whose house you can drop into any time of the day or night and you’ll always be welcome.

Outside India: A person whom you have to call first to check and make sure he is not busy.

Wife

In India: A woman who gives you your underwear and towel when you go to take a shower and also cooks for you.

Outside India: A woman who yells at you not to leave tub dirty when you go to take bath.

Son

In India: A teenager, who without asking will carry your grocery bags from the market.

Outside India: A teenager, who suddenly remembers he has lot of homework when you start mowing the lawn.

Daughter

In India: A lovely doll, who brings tears to your eyes during her marriage.

Outside India: A lovely doll, who brings you to tears long before her marriage.

Father

In India: A person you are afraid of, and who is never to be disobeyed.

Outside India: A person to whom you pretend to obey, after all he is the one paying your college tuition.

Doctor

In India: A respectable person with OK income.

Outside India: A money making machine, who has a money spending machine at home called ‘doctor’s wife’.

Bhangra

In India: A vigorous Punjabi festival dance.

Outside India: A dance you do, when you don’t know how to dance.

Software Engineer

In India: A high-tech guy, always speaks tries to speak in english in an American accent, always anxious to queue in the consulate visa line.

Outside India: The same hi-tech guy, who does Ganapati Puja everyday, and says ‘This is my last year in the US’ every year.

A Green Card holder bachelor

In India: The guy can’t speak Hindi, parents of good looking girls are dying to hook him, wears jacket in summer, says he has a BMW back there.

Outside India: The guy can’t speak proper English, wears jacket all the time, works in a Candy store at Manhattan, dreams of owning a BMW.

Post stolen from Satish

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4 thoughts on “Relatives and their perceptions in India and outside India

  1. This is hilarious!!
    Additions could be for husband outside India change ‘when house needs to be vacuumed’ to when lawn needs to be mowed or heavy things (like the vaccuum) need to be moved (or lugged up or down stairs!)
    For wife…For the India wife- what about making tea ?:)
    For outside India, how about this – A woman who likes to ‘nag’ you, bug you about putting the toilet seat down and loves to ask you “How was your day?”
    The bhangra entry and software engineer are evergreen!

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