Dear Indian Parents, Your Kids are Not Your Retirement Plan

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Dear Indian Parents, Your Kids are Not Your Retirement Plan

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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uilt-tripping is the ultimate parent trap that a lot of us have fallen into like the Starks attending the Red Wedding. It has prompted us to do many blasphemous things like cancelling our Goa plan since it clashed with a certain ceremony in the family, watching a TV show we didn’t want to, and attending a wedding of that distant relative you last saw when you were five.

Parents are pros at making you feel like horrible beings, especially if your ambitions fail to align with what they expect from you, their ingrate offspring, who have been clothed and fed by them? How dare you change the channel when Baghban is playing, you insensitive millennial prick? The look on your dad’s face while watching the film’s epic monologue is the sign of a major “Maine tumhe paal pos ke bada kiya hai” rant coming your way, that can hit you even if you ask them to simply pass some chutney.

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