Indians are never taught to talk to their parents as adults, and that’s a problem

Devang Pathak for Buzzfeed:

“Did you hear what bhaabhi told bhaiya?”

Dad finally breaks the silence. I miss my headphones. Family Sundays – a routine as taxing as it is banal.

In lulls of slow service, I ask, “So, what happened?”

I hear about the hospitalisation of an uncle I can’t remember, the murky dealings of an old batchmate I’ve never met, or a distant relative’s disappointment with their children’s career choices.

I’m hit each time by a weekly epiphany: My parents probably know more about the neighbours than they do about their son.

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