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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#3

Play the Blame Game, Blame the Game Play

Play the Blame Game, Blame the Game Play

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#10

Didn't Work Out

Didn't Work Out

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Miklós Nagy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#13

Bargain or Loss

Bargain or Loss

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Limin Huang
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#20

Tradishunned

Tradishunned

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#21

Escapegoat

Escapegoat

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Emma Perkins
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#24

Shareolder

Shareolder

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Kira Thesloth
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd rather have the grandma. I got my sister as my roomate and she never let me sleep!

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#25

Technapology

Technapology

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#26

Maidriarchy

Maidriarchy

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#28

Chat's What I'm Talking About

Chat's What I'm Talking About

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#31

Lies and Receipt

Lies and Receipt

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Vale Af
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#34

Focus-Pocus

Focus-Pocus

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#37

Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

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#38

Outfit In

Outfit In

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#40

Mint Money

Mint Money

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Ava Masumi
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#43

Priorities

Priorities

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Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#46

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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