November 4, 2009

I am not bad

In past few days, I have met quite a few people (all Indian: just getting demographic right, that’s all) who call their family almost everyday. Every Single Day.

I call my parents once in a fortnight or so (sometime it has been once in month) and it’s usually after my mom gives me a missed call or send me an email asking me to call. So I have been wondering if something is wrong with me? And then I saw this comic strip (see below) and realized that almost none of them did a PhD! The one with PhD have kids of their own, and hence, don’t belong to my demographic.

phd102109sImg from : "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham, www.phdcomics.com

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My demographic, you ask? I am a single female student working on my Ph.D. and the above strip explains all the reason why I don’t call my home as often as others. Phew. What a relief! Thanks Jorge Cham for this strip!

P.S.: BTW, did you know Jorge Cham is a Stanford alum? Just saying…


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4 responses:

Psych Babbler said...

Well, I'm not a Ph.D student but never really called my family that often either --- would speak to them once a fortnight or once a month even during uni and now as well. But yeah, I knew some other Indians who would speak to their parents every single day!

nikhil said...

Well, when I was working in India, I didn't call that often, but now when I am here, I think I call more frequently :-) strange!

Richa said...

@PB: I wrote reply to your comment immediately but my dearest net connection refused to publish it. I gave up after 30 min.

Anyway, I guess it's more to do with being single then being a grad student then? The usual bother about marriage proposals makes me a bit reluctant. But not having a definite career path at 30+ adds to it too..

@Nikhil: really strange :) Good that at least you keep in touch with them..

Richa said...

@PB: I wrote reply to your comment immediately but my dearest net connection refused to publish it. I gave up after 30 min.

Anyway, I guess it's more to do with being single then being a grad student then? The usual bother about marriage proposals makes me a bit reluctant. But not having a definite career path at 30+ adds to it too..

@Nikhil: really strange :) Good that at least you keep in touch with them..

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