How to Spot a Launda or Desi Frat Boy


How to Spot a Launda or Desi Frat Boy

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


t get-togethers with old friends and acquaintances, you may have noticed a creature that is as intriguing as he is vile. He is a mix of misogyny, homophobia, and has a distinctly desi superiority complex. He is the one saying stuff like “Bang her, bro” and “You look like a fag.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Desi Frat Boy, an Indian version of the American frat boy, who we’ve come to identify with obnoxious behaviour and a penchant for SUVs and Abercrombie.  

Our desi counterpart somehow manages to be even more obnoxious without having been part of any fraternity. You know him from your primary school days: He’s the guy who’d count up to 20 instead of 100 during his “den” at chhupan chhupai. When it would be his turn to hide, he’d probably sneak off, leaving you looking for him until you were tired and cranky.