Brown Paperbag is the name of a series of comics about what it's like growing up in an Indian family. They were created by Sailesh Gopalan, a 21-year-old design student from Mumbai who studies at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, and since the comics first appeared in June 2016 they've already amassed a collective following of over 150k people.

The artist describes his comics as "a slice-of-life comedy webcomic aimed at highlighting the ironies and exploiting the stereotypes that prevail in Indian families and society in a satirical fashion," and as you can see from the collection below, they touch upon everything from traditional weddings and clothing etiquette to superstitious moms and embarrassing fathers. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

“I've always been interested in drawing comics,” Sailesh told Bored Panda. “I used to fill up my drawing books with my own comics as a kid, and that interest never died out. My biggest inspiration is the manga artist Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece. When it comes to webcomics, it's Shen, author of Bluechair and Owlturd Comix, as well as Sarah Andersen of Sarah's Scribbles.” When asked what sort of advice he’d give to anybody thinking about starting their own webcomic, Sailesh said “Upload! Don't let your inhibitions keep you from sharing your work with the world. I had no idea my comics would receive the response it did, and the only way I could know is if I put it up on the internet.”

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#1 Exposé

Exposé

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just a thought 1 year ago

This is what I want to tell people ...

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#2 Space Jam

Space Jam

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Lemur 1 year ago

Me on street....

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#3 Play the Blame Game, Blame the Game Play

Play the Blame Game, Blame the Game Play

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MajaLuluFrosztega 1 year ago

omg this is 100% my mom

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#5 Profeign

Profeign

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Alexis Lugo 1 year ago

That is every parent

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#6 Appa-rel

Appa-rel

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#7 Confidon't

Confidon't

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

my parents and i'm not even indian

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#8 Cop a Feel

Cop a Feel

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Lemur 1 year ago

What... For serious?

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#9 Empathy-patnee

Empathy-patnee

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Master Markus 1 year ago

Ooh... I'm like that.

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#10 Didn't Work Out

Didn't Work Out

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Miklós Nagy 1 year ago

That's pretty much how it works everywhere.

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#11 Follow My Dreams, Son

Follow My Dreams, Son

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Stephanie Hunt 1 year ago

Even my parents are like this.. I'm not even Indian

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#12 MissTrust

MissTrust

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Signe Manat Hansen 1 year ago

This pisses me off royally

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#13 Bargain or Loss

Bargain or Loss

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Limin Huang 1 year ago

This is sad.. We don't bargain when it's about branded expensive objects but for sellers on the streets we will bargain even when it's cheap compared to what we buy in the malls...

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#14 Pee-dee-ay

Pee-dee-ay

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Laura Guerard 1 year ago

"In America you can kiss anywhere; in India you can piss anywhere."

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#15 Load Rash

Load Rash

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Yuna Aita 1 year ago

I'm India, I would drive my uncles motorcycle with his help as a kid.

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#16 Mucho Guesto

Mucho Guesto

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Wezbie 1 year ago

You make fun of your mother doing it until you grow up and realise you have started doing the same XD

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#17 Practise What You Teach

Practise What You Teach

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Anna Thouvenin 1 year ago

This happened in my school too. The teacher said "class time is my time". Ehhh

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#18 Chivalruse

Chivalruse

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Natalie Lambova 1 year ago

sad but true

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#19 Can't Be Left Alone

Can't Be Left Alone

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Bel Panado 1 year ago

Aww poor guy

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#20 Tradishunned

Tradishunned

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Nighty fox dreemurr 1 year ago

*Insert question about the downvotes in my comment*

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#21 Escapegoat

Escapegoat

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Emma Perkins 1 year ago

Omg I do this to my dad all the time! Anything to save myself from mom's wrath.

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#22 Blooperstition

Blooperstition

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Master Markus 1 year ago

That's an odd superstition. A lot of people do grooming at night where I live (Canada).

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#23 You've Goatee Be Kidding Me

You've Goatee Be Kidding Me

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Anne Madag 1 year ago

aw poor boy

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#24 Shareolder

Shareolder

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Blue wolf 1 year ago

Ha!

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#25 Technapology

Technapology

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Eglė Liubinaitė 1 year ago

Moms... When will you become better with technology?!

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#26 Maidriarchy

Maidriarchy

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Usernameofgag 1 year ago

My parrent's house assistan... Lol

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#27 Turmedic

Turmedic

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Marios Louvaris 1 year ago

That was a bad one.

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#28 Chat's What I'm Talking About

Chat's What I'm Talking About

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Eglė Liubinaitė 1 year ago

ALMOST every person on the Earth...

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#29 Trickshaw

Trickshaw

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Anne Madag 1 year ago

act like a couple :'3

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#30 Maid 'Fore Each Other

Maid 'Fore Each Other

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Vanessa 1 year ago

wait what?

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#31 Lies and Receipt

Lies and Receipt

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Vale Af 1 year ago

I bought one of those bags back in my hometown and the next time I went to the store with my bag, they wouldn't let me get in with it 😒 They gave me everything in plastic bags and I had to put them all on the green bag that the security guard kept for me back at the entrance. Stupid af

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#32 Passive-Aggressive

Passive-Aggressive

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Frédérique Lesaffre 1 year ago

true.. and then they even throw them on the ground when they are done. The police should arrest people like that.

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#33 Crossroads

Crossroads

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#34 Focus-Pocus

Focus-Pocus

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'Δανάη Α' 1 year ago

Beatles lyrics never let me concentrate in tests 😂

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#35 Scoopidity

Scoopidity

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Pamela Beuret 1 year ago

That is so sad :c

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#36 Days of Feature Past

Days of Feature Past

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Eglė Liubinaitė 1 year ago

Moms....

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#37 Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

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Anne Madag 1 year ago

looks bird xD when feed them a seed.

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#38 Outfit In

Outfit In

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Signe Manat Hansen 1 year ago

That's absolutely not even remotely the same thing!!!

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#39 Late Night Shenanigans

Late Night Shenanigans

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Sweep the Leg 1 year ago

Poor Devika.

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#40 Mint Money

Mint Money

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Ava Masumi 1 year ago

Same in Iran 😒 I always ask for chewing gums. At least they don't taste like chemically flavored sugar.

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#41 Xmas Xploit

Xmas Xploit

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Bel Panado 1 year ago

Seriously? Even phone lines give extra charges?

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#42 Brushed Aside

Brushed Aside

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Eglė Liubinaitė 1 year ago

Warmel :D

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#43 Priorities

Priorities

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Master Markus 1 year ago

I never realize how little people care about cricket in much of the west until I hear the Indians talk about it.

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#44 Diplomadness

Diplomadness

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Silent Skeleton 1 year ago

my dad got his nose broken by his friend on accident when he tried to stop a fight

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#45 Buzzkill

Buzzkill

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JEFF THE KILLER 1 year ago

very sad

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#46 Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Eglė Liubinaitė 1 year ago

Birthday. Before - you get presents, everybody buys you sweets, you are a happiest thing in the Earth. Now - You have to invite and entertain guests, buy them sweets, take care if they get drunk or if they vomit. (Atleast you get presents.)

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#47 Heat and Run

Heat and Run

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Jolene Elizabeth Moss 1 year ago

I guess its hot in India?

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