Day 25: Pet Peeves

Day 25 — My biggest pet peeve that has nothing to do with blogging, being online, computers or anything else related to the Internet is…

I don’t like “backbiting” and gossip much. But that’s too harmful to be classified as a pet peeve according to Misha. So I shall dig around for another that irks me.

I really despise ethnic cliques. 

You know what I’m talking about. That gaggle of giggling girls talking in a foreign language. In America. When they know English.

It’s not just that they’re speaking in an isolating language. No, it’s worse because they act haughty and superior about it. You’re bilingual, I get it. YIPPEE I am so impressed, now get a room.

You know the “Brown” clique at NYU actually calls itself Browntown? That’s just disgusting. Ridiculous and disgusting and gross and revolting and all the other synonyms you can think of. That some ditzy girl wearing 2 lbs of makeup wobbles around in 5 inch heels on the precarious streets of NYC with her gaggle of fellow posse waving around a camera snapping pictures of her “browntown” in loud, girly, giggly voices. Ick. Get out of my way.  (On a separate note, I hate people who walk slowly on the street. Especially when I have only 8 minutes to walk from Union Square to Washington Square Park. Ugh really, bitch, get out of my way)

But yeah, I understand cliques are inevitable because you bond with those who you can relate to. But even then…I think if I was in a group of more than 3 Indians and it wasn’t because I was at a family party, I would go crazy. This sounds so un-patriotic of me. My parents would be so scandalized. I don’t understand why I hate it so much either, but I hate people who insist talking to me in Hindi when we both are raised here and clearly know and use English. AND PEOPLE WITH INDIAN ACCENTS. My gosh I really dislike the Indian accent.

This is like the tip of the iceberg. I could write a whole booklet on sidewalk etiquette. People walking slowly stay to the rightmost side of the right side of the street. People walking in the opposite direction stay to the left side of you at all times. If you’re too busy texting to look up and can tell your shadow is about to collide w/ somebody, move to the right. If everybody did that, the Chinatown sidewalk on a Saturday morning wouldn’t be such a jungle.



PS. Yes, I had an urge to really abuse the word “gaggle” in my post today.


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16 thoughts on “Day 25: Pet Peeves

  1. Wow…. This is total honesty. I can respect that.
    In my work place Tagalog is almost as prominent as English and for some reason I never bothered me… I don’t know maybe because I am not interested in what they have to say. Sounds kind is rude huh? I don’t mean it in a rude way. 🙂

  2. I suppose on the other end of the spectrum, it’d be annoying to see a bunch of white girls walking around being all prissy too. But then again, I’m not a big fan of prissy, gaggles of girls in general, don’t care what ethnic group you are, what language you speak or what – just big packs of plastic girls gets on my nerves because to me all I see is plastic. Good rant, I enjoyed it!

    And yes, sidewalk etiquette should be enforced!

    • LOL thank you for enjoying the rant! It felt nice getting it all out. You’re right, gaggle of girls in general, be they white or something else, are annoying in general.

  3. i feel your frustration! i am bilingual and i agree it can be isolating. i think it is rude to speak in your language when someone is present who does not understand.

    • Yeah! And also just…and this is totally irrational…but watching people speak in another language when the’re in a public space here and they all know how to speak in English bothers me.

  4. This is the third time somebody mentioned people walking slow in front of me. That never really annoyed me as I usually use a car to get where I want (to the detriment of the ozone layer).
    The annoyance that I’m confronted with is not finding a good place to park and driving around in circles until I spot one. I mashed my car up on more than one occasion by jumping in a too tight space! 🙂
    Now back to the peeve, do what old ladies do in my city. Stomp powerfully on other people’s feet, elbow your way through a crowd. You should come here when some relic is presented and you’ll learn the energetic ways of getting ahead of a 70+ yr old.

    • Yeah,it’s interesting how people walking slowly has been mentioned a lot. Well, in my city we don’t rush at all so Pry you would be so frustrasted. Mombasa is so laid back and I love it.
      But Nairobi is different, when I visit I get elbowed as Carra is saying. I can just imagine the frustrations those “elbowers” go through. I avoid streets with too much human traffic…it’s best to give others space to zoom by 😉

      • haha yeah I love me some zooming. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking around and enjoying the view, but when I’m going from one place to another rather than just walking for the sake of it, I am a woman on a mission.

    • hahaa nice. I would probably complain about car-related issues but since I live in NYC I never really drive. Yeah I have no problem maneuvering my way around a crowd, growing up here teaches you that pretty well. Slow people are just such a nuisance though haha.

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