Modern relationships and Indian parents have been fodder for several jokes. But throw social media in the mix and you get a lethal combination. This is just what one Twitter user, Vivek Raju, did recently. In a series of tweets, the man shared how he broke the news about his Punjabi girlfriend to his parents.
Vivek and his family belong to Andhra Pradesh. What followed next could very well be the plot of a Bollywood film. At least, that's what Twitter users thought as they found themselves extremely invested in the happenings of the Raju household.
It all began with a tweet. Vivek wrote, "Broke the news about my girlfriend to my parents last night. We are from Andhra. My girlfriend is Punjabi. Fun times in the house. Mom is okay. Dad has gone completely silent. Having fun observing this once in a lifetime reaction from parents (unless my brother drops a bomb too)".
That cue was enough for Twitter to join the fun.
Broke the news about my girlfriend to my parents last night. We are from Andhra. Girlfriend is Punjabi.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
Fun times in the house. Mom is okay. Dad has gone completely silent.
Having fun observing this once in a lifetime reaction from parents (unless my brother drops a bomb too)
He explained in later tweets that the girlfriend's family was "absolutely fine" with the relationship. "No drama. I doubt they are from India," Vivek added cheekily.
Also, since many of you asked, girlfriend told her parents few months ago. They are totally fine. No drama. I doubt they are from India.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
But those on social media were more invested in what Vivek's father had to say about the situation.
Sharing regular updates, Vivek explained that his dad had begun to avoid him upon hearing the news. The father later insisted on having the girlfriend fly down to meet the family.
Dad wants her to come and visit him this weekend. Okay no, meet right now it seems. No covid and all. Book flight and come it seems.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
My video call suggestion is banished before it was out of my mouth
The plan, however, was abandoned due to the pandemic. "Ok. Sense has prevailed. Told my mom before leaving for office that she doesn't need to fly down. And also, it seems dad unwillingly muttered "his choice" before leaving," Vivek wrote.
Ok. Sense has prevailed. Told my mom before leaving for office that she doesn't need to fly down. And also, it seems unwillingly muttered "his choice" before leaving.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
Vivek also added that being teetotallers, his dad and he could not even wrap up the issue over a glass of alcohol.
Both my dad and I don't drink. Ah, we can't even settle this over alcohol.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
But more than my dad, you know who's disappointed by this? My future father in law: "Wait what, with whom am I supposed to share this whiskey?'
Vivek's dad leaving for work did not put a damper on the episode as his mother decided to share the girlfriend's photo in the family group. What followed was silence, Vivek said.
Ok. Few quick updates.— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
Mom came up with brilliant idea of sending few photos of my girlfriend to dad on whatsapp. Because apparently, a picture can also get someone to shout 1000 words.
Vivek's mother was excited by the news. He shared, "Mum's being a total cutie on the side. Already dreaming about the daughter-in-law and all and how they'll hang together...Indian moms and melodrama I tell you."
Upon returning home, Vivek even tried to bait his father with a discussion on the Indian Premier League (IPL). That didn't work.
Vivek's real-time commentary had users hooked, with several people suggesting ways to get the parents on board with the relationship.
Andhra = Punjab 1. Both are paddy cultivation states. 2. Both have fancy of settling in foreign countries. 3. Both have wonderful people 4. Both are rich states with good eating habits , rich cuisine. 5.Both have good non-veg preparations. 6. both love music7.both:) enough Seven— Venkat Madala (@venky4a) April 8, 2021
Sharing his own experience, a user wrote, " I can totally relate to this... My wife is from Andhra and we are from Madhya Pradesh... Definitely once in a lifetime moment to convince both the families... Both of us were on the edge till we got married. In the end, Love triumphs all! "
I can totally relate to this...— Rahul Sahu (@rahulsahuxyz) April 8, 2021
My wife is from Andhra and we are from Madhya Pradesh..
Definitely once in a lifetime moment to convince both the families...
Both of us were on the edge till we got married.
In the end, Love Triumphs ALL !
While some users went down harshly on Indian parents and their take on love marriages,
Vivek was quick to defend his father.
Done for today. He's not a villain. He'll most probably come around. Love him lots ❤️— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 8, 2021
Gonna give him space to process this. This is gonna take few days. Or weeks. Don't know. Adieu till then. Be on the lookout.
Many compared the situation to the Bollywood movie "2 States" which was about a Punjabi-Tamil Nadu wedding.
Script for 2 states part 2 https://t.co/XYNCS9oMFR— sterling (@UrNextDoorRaju) April 9, 2021
cringe max. plz delete https://t.co/JVeJAXZ3u3— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) April 9, 2021
Such a cute thread after a long day! Full 2 States feels :) https://t.co/HlQS2YtGrp— Manas Barpande (@Manas_BookThief) April 8, 2021
This thread! A ride down memory lane when my sister(Assam) and her then boyfriend's (Karnataka), now my brother-in-law, marriage was getting fixed! We could have made a documentary outta it ㅋㅋㅋㅋ https://t.co/jEBf1htYRk— T (@Tooba_twt) April 9, 2021