Are you relating, yet? Image: Facebook
If you ever thought your life is perfect comic strip material — that's cuz it probably is — then somebody has already summed up all your problems in a comic series. Brown Paperbag, the comic strip for the desi millennial, is all the rage right now. 20-year-old art and design student Sailesh Gopalan started the web comic series in June last year, and within a year, it has almost 75,000 followers on Instagram and 1,44,346 followers on Facebook. Cuz people are relating hard. From your mom's 'blooper-stitions' to the tragedies of flirting, Gopalan seems to have covered all the bases.
In episode 51, Know Thy Selfie, a boy asks his friend about her recent Paris vacation. "It was magical. I took pictures, too" she replies, as she hands over her phone to him, only to show him all her selfies (640 of them, to be precise), taken in the French capital. Admit it — you know people who do this. Who needs Monalisa when you have your fabulous self to photograph?
Gopalan also has an incredibly acute sense of female misogyny among youngsters. In episode 10 of Brown Paper Bag, a group of college girls protest the sexist dress code and then sit around to s**t-shame their classmate. Most of Gopalan's comic series focuses on the life of young Kabir, a random desi boy-next-door, who can't go to his girlfriend's place because he has to open the door for his maid. Raise your hand, if you've been in this exact situation.
So, the next time you go through a typical young, brown person problem, remember you are not alone. And there is someone doing all your venting for you.
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