9 Issues Every Bengali 20 Something Face In Their Lives And You Couldn’t Agree More
- The so-called Dream Job : After years of hard work in so called study nights, dusting your books to just get an idea about the syllabus, banging your head on the wall about vivas and then job interviews, when you finally landed yourself a job, the first day itself you realize all those years was a waste. We wear a tag of someone else’s company, work for someone else and transform into someone else as well into our 9-5 jobs. The time which we get after office, that’s what we term as “life”.
- Bankruptcy is your only option: Remember the day when you got your offer letter and promised your little cousins to take them out for toy shopping since you were their superhero? Little did you know that your salary of a day was less than an Iron Man toy. According to your parents and relatives you earn well to lead a good life but the moment you enter a pub on a Friday night, you just lose control of your wallet and let it all flow. So even if we are earning triple what our dads earned at their age, we never have enough money to spoil ourselves.
- The Relationship Tamasha: We whine when we have a girlfriend/boyfriend and we whine when we don’t. As if your job was just not enough to test your balance of life. Here comes relationships! It’s only after a few months you realize that the girl who wore a cute white dress with kitten heels and looked like an angel on your first date, has a crazy side and can burn your house down if she catches you looking at another girl. It doesn’t take time for your nickname to change from “Babu” to “Saale Kutte”. You just sit there and enjoy the drama of your wonderful life.
- Family Drama: Even if we have grown up, our moms never do. You try your level best to maintain a subtle balance with everything as well as your family, being out of the city but the moment you see “ Maa calling” on your phone while your friends are ripping your shirt off to get you on the dance floor, you might as well feel like jumping of the rooftop lounge. But still you can never talk in a loud tone with her, because of course you’re old enough to realize now that’s the only true love you have at 25.
- Tagged as a “Paying Guest” for life: You have shifted almost four times in five years and still not happy with the place you’ve got. Either the owners who stay downstairs are weird, or the locality is too boring for you, or the aunt who stays in the neighborhood wants to get you married to her daughter or your roommate is a total jackass, there’s always a thing. You’ve officially become a gypsy now and is jealous of all those friends who work and live in their hometown. Sometimes you feel like you should change your communication address in your bank account to your car’s number plate, because that’s the maximum time where you spend… in traffic!
- Food.. True Love: To eat or not to eat… that’s the most horrifying question that we ask our inner selves almost twelve times a day. When your Mausi asks you to lose weight over the phone, because she has seen your recent dp in Facebook and is quite sure that you won’t get a good guy for marriage, you feel like hitting her with something, instead you end up going to the nearest bakery and buy some of that Triple Chocolate Cheese Cake for yourself. And then again you watch YouTube videos on how to lose weight. So it’s a cycle. It goes one. Don’t blame yourself. Gorge on!
- Social Media Circle: Every time you refresh your Facebook page, you see a new photo album of your school friend or college friend or colleague getting married. You hit the like button out of formality but you think inside “Is gadhe ki bhi shaadi ho gayi!” People say you should be happy when other’s happy, but come on you’re a human being at the end of the day. You again refresh and see someone just landed in Las Vegas for a weekend trip and you get called by your boss for a weekly review. Life!
- Marriage: One word… Nightmare! As if there wasn’t enough tensions in your life already. Our parents are after our life to find a suitable bride or groom for us. It’s always some cousin of yours or someone in neighborhood who is getting married and your mom is planning yours. How would you make her understand that you can’t even decide whether to buy a Tiramisu after dinner or to have Dark Chocolate Fudge. You always find a way out to divert your parents from this topic. And when you listen to all kinds of crap from your married friends, you feel blessed to lead a single life.
- Pro in handling hangovers: “This is my last drink” is a myth. No really! It’s like some black magic which happens to you when you enter a club. Bottles of JD, Glenfiddich, Blue Label are surrounding you glowing in trance lights and the music is loud enough to throw away every little worry in your mind. You promise yourself just to have two small pegs and go home because you have work tomorrow, just to find yourself ignoring your boss’ calls at 9am the next morning while you’re in bed. Everyone stare at you when you reach office with red eyes and a heavy head but somehow you manage to sail through the day with nimboo-paani because of course, you have become a pro in all these now.
We are stressed, tensed, pressurized, hate our jobs but still young enough to reach our dreams. Cheers to the Mid-twenties, because you’ll miss this life of yours when you’ll be eighty and sipping on a cup of tea and you’ll be telling all your stupid stories to your grandchildren.
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