If I had a penny for every piece of unsolicited advice thrown at me from left, right and centre, courtesy relatives who somehow feel they know it all (but really don't), let's just say the bank balance would be increasing rapidly. For those of you who are 20, an age that thanks to our society, could very well come with a 'life ends here because you are 20' signboard, you will know what I am talking about. Think you have heard it all? Well, the many life lessons and all that jazz has only just begun, friends. When we rounded up the most common dialogues that a 20-something has heard at some point in their life, what came up was a mix of 'are you serious' and 'did you really just say that?'. Don't believe us; all you need to know is right below.
Here's taking a deep dive into some of the shadiest things relatives say, because damn, you are 20!
This is a classic. Though it is customary for you to listen to it during your growing years, near 20, it has a ring to it. Do we not pay bills and try to live life responsibly? Your aunt (and mine) would probably beg to differ.
Umm yeah, because I have assignments and/or a job, a career, a life and all that? Not enough? Okay then.
Is 'because I low-key hate you' a fair reason?
Oh My God, do all our relatives in India have a collective dictionary that they share because this one is really the trademark curveball every single one of them likes to throw.
If GST, taxes, rent and the general cost of staying alive and afloat wasn't enough, they also want to know where you are putting your money and how much of it. We get the importance of saving but does every conversation have to be a minor finance tutorial, uncle?
OF COURSE, they are going to ask you that the moment you get a job. Other than the fact that it's none of anyone's business, really what do relatives have to do with that question?
Are you in your 20s? Well then according to your distant aunt's cousin, the MBA box ought to be ticked. Never mind that it doesn't align with your career goals because psst, she says everyone is doing it.
Yeah, right. Other than the fact that I am in my 20s, I was born yesterday.
But hey hey, in reality, and whenever it suits their agenda, you are a grownup! How about the relatives decide and let us know?
Do I even say anything? *sighs in despair*
And I didn't ask you, remember that? No? Of course, you don't.
I don't think so, aunty. I am still trying to get over the time when you ratted me out for watching an extra hour of TV at eight years of age.
I have a better idea. How about you try to mind your own business for once?
Oh wow, this is SO new, I haven't heard it before at all! Do tell me more.
Moral policing is real and stupid, SO REAL & SO STUPID.
Listen up aunty, it's going to be the way I like it.
And cue the body shaming in 3,2,1 because every visit by a relative is incomplete without it.
After all their crass remarks, 4/5 5/5 Indian relatives are most likely to wrap up an hour-long conversation with this. WOW.
BTW if there is a petition to get them to shut up, call me, I will sign up without batting an eyelid.
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