Like Father, Unlike Son: Why We Want to Be Nothing Like Our Parents

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Like Father, Unlike Son: Why We Want to Be Nothing Like Our Parents

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he last time I thought I wanted to be like my father was when I saw the respect he received at his workplace. Suddenly, every part of me wanted to end up in a suit working for a higher-up, thinking about sales, products, a variety of brands, and earn some respect. Little did I know, that that same naïve 13-year-old, would grow to hate everything about that life exactly eight years later.

Here I am, at 21, ungrateful, selfish, and full of profound knowledge about the world being full of shit. And I am not alone. Out there, on the humid streets of Mumbai and inside clubs, drinking, smoking, failing, lies a wasteland of people, trying to find themselves in the mouths of strangers, bottomless glasses of alcohol, and developing a rebellious persona of living in the moment. We’re hatefully termed “millennials”. And we own it.

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