“It’s only true if you believe it. So shut up and eat your lunch,” Ravi said.
“What’s the matter with you? I didn’t say anything. I just got here,” Mann said.
“Exactly. Before you start, I did the inevitable. So you can thank me later,” Ravi said.
“Guys, please be quiet. It’s time for Mann to discuss his story. Let us all be quiet. It’s going to be super annoying,” Anil said poking Mann with his elbow.
“That’s right. Go ahead. I am not opening my mouth,” Mann said.
“Don’t be impossible. Today we want to hear from you. It’s a good thing that your mother or any family is not on Tinder to see your status. My goodness, my mother will kill me if I don’t do as she says. You are lucky. A queer can’t get his way around with a mother like mine,” Chen chipped in.
“Don’t worry, I will make Aunty get out of your dating life. Tinder can go to hell for you. I must say it has served me well. I hooked up yesterday with this. Now ain’t she nice?” Mann said.
“Yes, she is. You are living the American dream brother,” Anil said.
“And you the Indian dream!” Ravi said.
“What are you guys talking about?” Chen asked.
“Well, Anil is doing a very normal thing like most of the Indians do. Keep a low profile, marry young, be faithful forever, blah blah blah,” Ravi said.
“And you think I am living another life. Let me tell you, my friend, India is morphing. It’s in a state of flux. There are foreign elements creeping into it. And you can’t even start to imagine it,” Mann said.
“You done with your engineering degree! What gets into you to start babbling about physics, I wonder. Can’t you behave like a normal person? I thought Ravi was the nerd in our group. And now we have to bear you as well. Get out of here,” Anil said.
And the friends parted their ways after their lunch was over.