In news that has shaken Indian society at its very root, a father was found upset at his son for wanting to enrol in an IIM. Mr. Sharma, who is said to be considered very "progressive" and "forward thinking" amongst his peers admitted himself in a hospital after news that his son secured admission in the premier institute. According to his son Rajesh, Mr. Sharma broke down when he realised that he too will become just another person in the mainstream rat race.
Mr. Sharma, who had to be given sedatives to make him stop crying said, "This has ruined my reputation amongst my friends. I had a dream that my son would do something cool like becoming an underpaid Bengali musician, a broke poet or a cynical loathsome comedian - instead he wants to be one of those formal shirt wearing, Dell backpack carrying corporate slave in the name of money. Someone knock some sense into his head"
Rajesh however was not amused. "I don't understand this need parents have of wanting to be cool and friendly with their kids. Why can't he be like normal parents and beat me up after I get 99 marks on a 100? Next thing you know he will be sitting in coffee shops with a Mac writing movie scripts".
Rajesh has also agreed to marry a 21 year old girl picked out by his mother after seeing her Facebook display picture, but the family is keeping this news from Mr. Sharma so as to not drive him over the edge. The family is also planning on exposing Mr. Sharma to a Suraj Barjatya movie marathon in an effort to re-Indianise and re-calibrate his socio-cultural sensors to acceptable standards.
Gursimran Khamba is a pissed off writer, stand up comic, podcaster, social media junkie and lover of all fried foods. Except bananas. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/gkhamba
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