Seven deadly questions asked in your 20s
It’s your birthday and you are having the time of your life celebrating your 20th. The next day, you meet your uncle and he bursts your bubble by asking you the most annoying questions.
Sometime later, you go to a party and the moment someone gets to know you are over 20 years old, a storm of questions starts coming your way. Here are the top seven deadly questions people ask you in your 20s. Have you survived them?
1) When are you getting married?
This question is so galling, be it at weddings or casual parties at home. Aunts and mothers of your married friends have nothing to say to you except:
Beta, mun kab meetha karwa rahi ho?
(When will we get to eat your wedding sweets?)
This makes me want to smash the glass in my hand onto their heads, but all I do is smile and nod. Some of us with a smart mouth, snap back with:
Mere abhi khelnay kudnay ke din hain, shaadi kar ke barbaad nahi karnay!
(These are my days to play and have fun, I don’t want to ruin them by getting married!)
2) What are your future plans?
Yes, according to some people, you should have your future sorted out when you hit your 20s. And when they inquire about your future plans, they want you to clearly tell them whether you are planning to study further, have a career or get married.
Don’t they realise that what I am doing now is what I had thought about so far. I don’t have my 10 years planned, people! Even if I have, why would I tell you? So that you can announce it to the whole world? Please move on, target someone else.
3) What is your salary?
This question is so embarrassing. These people seem so educated, yet they ask such low questions. It makes you want to hide and never come out. Why should I tell you my salary? It’s a very personal question. Limits anyone?
4) Are you single?
Being single is a crime, and if you don’t have a boyfriend, you are probably very depressed. People assume that you must be lonely and start finding a potential match for you. What is their reason, may I ask? If asked, they usually retort back with a ‘we want you to be happy’.
The funny thing is even when you are committed, people never hesitate in asking this question! Then, they are just ‘making sure’ you know.
5) Will you pass this year?
Do give some leverage to me on this one because I’ll be the one studying. You don’t have to worry mister!
6) I love your outfit! Can I borrow it?
I hope you are not that needy that you need to borrow someone else’s outfit. Don’t you have enough money to buy your own? In fact your own dress is more expensive, then why are you asking for mine? In these situations, I just raise my eyebrow because these people are simply so full of themselves. They add sugar coatings to win hearts.
7) Your cell phone is gorgeous. How much is the memory space?
Go away, give me some air. Here, take my cell phone. Go crazy. Do the anesthesia and postpartum on it. I don’t have the time to tell you all the details, but I do like to show off. So give it back, here is the 32 GB memory card, here are my more than 1,000 songs. Beauty? I know. Thank you.
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