Disclaimer:- All characters,events, incidents etc., quoted in this post are purely non-fictional. Any resemblance to a particular grad student you might know is solely intended and is not a work of fiction from the author. So take your guess.

A voice chat between a grad student (who has recently come to the US ) and his parents.

Mom:- Kanna, how are you? (for the tamil disabled, kanna = dear)

grad student(gd) :- am fine mom

Mom:- are you eating properly? are you sleeping soon?

grad student:- yes mom

[remember.. there are two types of grad students… 1) Those who answer in as few words as possible to everyone.. 2)Those who answer to their parents in a couple of words.. But, when it comes to their GFs, the answers are sometimes muffled(you know why ;)) and sometimes just a single word like “sollu” (tell me) which keeps getting repeated a million times like the broken record in a very old gramaphone ;).. one must appreciate their patience and perseverance in long distance relationships…. Our hero in this incident falls in neither category.. He was simply pissed off on that particular day.. for no reason obviously..]

Mom:- do you take bath regularly? do you wash your clothes regularly?

gd:- yes mom

Mom:- do take bath daily..I guess it is summer there and you must be sweating a lot.. take care of your personal hygiene..

gd:- yes mom..

gd wondering if his mom reads phdcomics… phd061209s

Incidentally, she has heard a lot of stories from her other friends that, personal hygiene of certain human beings dips to record lows once they attain the title of “grad student”.

also notice that his dad has been keeping quiet all this while.

Mom:- You took only two bars of soap.. did you buy soap?? use the soft ones.. I heard that many soaps are too strong and might affect your skin.

<gd wondering:- woww.. i never knew that.. mom is doing too much research.. probably i should try delegating some work to her>

gd:- ok mom.. Shall do so.

Mom:- Try to buy hamam soap. That is the best and easy going on your skin.

gd:- mumbling to himself… mom, hamam soaps are sold for human beings only in india.. they are probably used to bathe buffaloes in this country.. <oh yeah!! our gd hated hamam soaps for the sole reason that his parents dint let him use any other soapfor his own good of course.. but when have we understood that..>

<now our gd decides that he must let his parents know that he has become Americanized already and he doesn’t use bar soaps!>

gd:- Mom, I don’t use bar soaps any more.. I use shower gel with a scrubbing puffย Arizona-Sun-Bath-And-Shower-Puffs-75

<I know the color shown in this picture is Gay to the max… But noooo, our hero is 200% heterosexual.. This was the only picture that I could get..>

An innocent mom that she was, did not know what a scrubbing puff was.. She knows bar soaps used on homo sapiens, bar soaps used on utensils & even the bar soaps used on clothes.. But what in the world was a shower gel and a scrubbing puff

So she blurted out innocently…

Mom:- What is a scrubbing puff??

Our gd being an impatient bloke, lost his cool over a meaningless conversation and shouted..

gd:- I can’t keep explaining everything.. Dad has been quiet so long.. Why don’t you ask him to explain what it is..

Now came the killer punch

Dad:- adhu onnum illa.. namma oorla indha eruma maada laam kulipatuvanga theriyuma.. thengai naaru vechu.. adhuve nylon la senju vitha, indha pasanga style a scrubbing puff nu soluvanga.. (thats nothing.. you must have seen the coconut shell covering used to bathe buffaloes in our country right?? if a similar thing is made in nylon, these guys call it a scrubbing puff).. It is used to bathe fully grown “buffaloes”.. The only difference is, a buffalo has to be scrubbed but our son has the ability to scrub himself, “luckily”.. waterbuffbymauricekoop

Now you know why our hero’s dad was quiet so long!!

Aah!! The killer blow!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Our poor grad student knew better than to lose his patience when talking with his parents.. ๐Ÿ˜‰