What Carrie Bradshaw Did to a Punjabi Boy

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What Carrie Bradshaw Did to a Punjabi Boy

Illustration: Akshita Monga


n the mid-2000s when our world view was shaped by Ekta Kapoor serials and Shah Rukh Khan romances, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was the closest we had to a revolutionary show. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. exposed prim and devout middle-class Indian values to what we now know as “normal life”. Even for all its radical ideas about living with friends, serial dating, and Monica telling Chandler about the seven erogenous zones of women, it was a PG13 show. My newest friend puberty had just started fucking with my head, and like most boys aged 13, I was more boner than human.

In this highly dangerous and unstable state, a classmate told me about TV show called Sex and The City, whose premise, according to him, was four MILFs running around New York City, humping everything, from random men to high couture. Scared I might get caught, I waited for two weeks until my parents were out to catch an episode. After five minutes, you could colour me disappointed because my classmate, I realised, had been as wrong about the show as he was wrong about – bless his soul – one of our friends starring in a porno.