Monday, August 21, 2006

The Post that wasn't

After an obnoxious (yet completely familiar) conversation with a fellow Iowan, I started furiously planning out a biting blog on cultural idiocy. Perhaps a "10 things I hate about living in the US" list. Inspired in part by Andy's one year anniversary blog post. By the way, sidenote: Congratulations Andy!

But by the time I settled in front of my laptop, I could no longer remember why I had my knickers up in knots in the first place. And I couldn't think of ten things that didn't sound uncomfortably close to whining. So it got scrapped.

But I have noticed that over the years, I am increasingly intolerant of questions that end in "is that a cultural thing?" or any mention of "dots on my forehead". Or even an innocuous, well-meaning compliment on the "costume" I am wearing.

Go google it. I am not your anthropology subject, fool.

And now that I've gotten warmed up on the many years do I have to live in this country before people stop clarifying for me, "Because you are Indian, right?". Is it that hard to believe that I am weird independent of my desi origins? Okay, don't answer that.

Also isn't it obvious by now that I don' t know Gopal from Maryland or Shashi from New York? That your real estate agent is Indian means nothing--absolutely nothing--to me (except a cue for awkward head nod and smile). Watch more television! These queries are punchlines to a hundred sitcom jokes. For the love of the goddess, no I do not know Swathi from Detroit or Imran from Virginia..oh wait..I do know them...umm..nevermind...*slaps forehead*

Also yeah, I have an accent. Get over it. Please. As quickly as possible.

Ah, and here I was thinking I had successfully side-stepped a rant. No such luck. A rant cometh and spews forth like some shaken up coca cola can, spraying its sugary browness all over my little cyber nook.


Blogger joe said...

Do you know who macaca is? :-) a rare good post by you!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Sony Pony said...

rare good post??? foolish macaca boy, like..whateverrr..

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Teju said...

Brilliant rant.

Love it.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Sony Pony said...

aw, shucks, Thank you:)

7:11 AM  

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