“Don’t Cut Your Nails at Night” and Other #FakeNews All Indian Parents Teach Their Children

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“Don’t Cut Your Nails at Night” and Other #FakeNews All Indian Parents Teach Their Children

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ack in the fifth grade, an idol of mine (Tom, from Tom and Jerry) had gotten himself out of a very sticky situation involving an angry bulldog by whistling a nonchalant tune at the opportune moment. For the next few months, it became a dream of mine to perfect this art form, so I too could innocently whistle as I made my escape from school. This piece of news – and my first to tenth practice sessions – did not particularly please my parents, who were desperate to find a way to make their 10-year-old shut up for a couple of seconds. So my mother told me whistling makes your lose your voice by the age of 20.

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