Dum Mein Gham: How I Survive as a Non-Stoner in a World Full of Potheads

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Dum Mein Gham: How I Survive as a Non-Stoner in a World Full of Potheads

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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’ve been a non-stoner all my life. I’ve never felt the need to light up, be blazed, blitzed, baked, cooked, be in the presence of Mary J, or be otherwise wrecked by an intoxicant. The trouble is, I am surrounded by stoners.   

The reverential approach that stoners take to scoring, rolling, and smoking just never appealed to me. For most, this isn’t that big a deal. There are bigger problems in the world. Like the fact that we’re living in a time where you could walk out of your house and a plane could literally crash down on you. But in my experience, most of the Bandra and South Bombay hipsters I hang out with, think that me not smoking pot is a pretty huge deal.

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