Desi “Driver”, English Mem: The Difficulty of Being a Brown Boyfriend

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Desi “Driver”, English Mem: The Difficulty of Being a Brown Boyfriend

Illustration: Akshita Monga

I

was 15 when I went to my first party in another country. It was a “mixer”, which meant that everyone got makeshift name tags at the door to make conversations easier to start. An unfortunate development, because “What’s your name?” was probably the only question I was prepared to ask or answer.

Already intimidated by the smell of alcohol and the sharpness of the haircuts on display, I wiped the sweat off my pubescent moustache and stuttered out my name to the beaming woman managing the front desk.

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