— Aby Sam Thomas (@thisisaby) August 10, 2014
You know what one of my #DesiProblems is? Showing up to a cousin’s wedding only to find out that there’s no booze — and then having a flock of aunties descend upon me to ask me when I’m getting married (sadly, “It’s not exactly legal yet in the state I live in,” is not an answer they’d understand). A dry wedding is not a place to needle my sexual orientation. Another #DesiProblem? That when I tell a relative I’m a writer, they liken me to Rabrindranath Tagore or Jhumpa Lahiri. They’re both literary greats, yes, but c’mon, desis! Not all brown folks who write words necessarily draw inspiration from other brown folks who also write words. It seems, though, that everyone’s got #DesiProblems — a few particularly awesome ones follow below:
Am I the only one who thinks making equilateral triangle samosas is more difficult than making round rotis? #DesiProblems
— Maira Shahzad (@maira_shahzad) August 3, 2014
— Olinda (@Olindath) September 30, 2013
Although, it’s clear that #desiproblems are not necessarily problems, per se, but those little affectionate annoyances that come with being South Asian.
Shout-out to this particular #desiproblem, about the perils of biting into a cardamom pod while making your way through a curry.
— Spongebob Fancypants (@MrKevinBedi) March 27, 2014
Rohin is an Editor at The Aerogram. Talk to him on Twitter, if you’d like.