[Scene: At college, about 3-4 years ago. Chatting with friend after class, just after summer vacation.]
Friend: I’m so glad to be back here in the hostel. I don’t know how I survived these two months at home. Why do we need two months of summer vacation anyway?
Me: Holy shit! I knowwwwwwwwww. I am definitely not going to be one of those “Indian” kids who live with their parents till fucking 24!
[Scene: Yesterday, during breakfast. At home. With my parents.]
Dad: So, what do you want for your birthday this year?
Me: (Trying hard for a cool, “I’m-so-over-birthdays” face; mumbles) Nuthin’! (shrugs)
(Turns face to the other side, clamps eyes shut and argues with self, murmuring “No, we are not going to ask. We are NOT GOING TO ASK!”)
Me: I WANT AN IPOD…THE 160 GB ONE!