There are so many desi
people (Indian and Pakistanis) living out of their countries. I have seen them
in quite a large number in USA, UK, and Australia and wherever you go. If you talk
about Gulf countries, I think every third person you meet will be a desi either
from Pakistan or India. Around 10% of Saudi population constitutes of expatriates
coming from Pakistan and India. Wherever these desi people go, they practice
their own culture in the typical style they live in their own countries. Today,
I am going to talk about some things which all Indian and Pakistani youngsters
living abroad can relate to.
- You tell your entire Saudi
or foreign friend that the lota placed in your bathroom is used to water some
- Whenever your family
decides to go eat outside, your parents will choose either an Indian or
- At least one half of your
family is suffering from cholesterol, diabetes, high uric acid or high blood
- Your mom always uses ghee
to make the food at home.
- None of your guests or any
guests at your home will ever leave hungry.
- You are always mistaken
for being opposite of what you are, Indian or Pakistani.
- Your parents will only
allow you to spend the night at any of your desi friend’s house.
- Any friends of the
opposite gender will be looked down upon by your parents, literally.
- You will be constantly
asked by your parents to clean up the house just in case any guests come over
uninvited or unannounced.
- Throughout your life you
will be introduced to several cousins whom you did not know existed prior to
- You will be proud of the
fact that Malala is the first Pakistani recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize
and will brag about it whenever possible.
- You mom will drop huge
amounts of cash on “designer” Pakistani clothes, but will refuse to buy you any
western piece of clothing exceeding $20. (Maybe 1 suit for the wedding season)
- A Pakistani’s/Indian’s
shopping is never complete until they have bargained for every single product
in the basket and on the shelves.
- You will always call your
mom and dad by their desi titles such as Amma, Abba, Baba, Ammi, and Mama Etc.
- Random aunties at family
events will kiss you on both your cheeks and will always greet you with
- Your mom will continue to
watch her overly dramatic Pakistani soap operas which are downright ridiculous.
- Your parents will yell
into the phone whenever they are talking to relatives in a distant country or
back home in Pakistan and India.
- 5 pm to 7 pm is time for
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