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
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3 years ago

This is what I want to tell people ...

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#2

Space Jam

Space Jam

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Lemur
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

omg this is 100% my mom

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#4

Pryvacy

Pryvacy

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bertrand colin
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3 years ago

here's johnny jack-ths-s...898d54.jpg jack-ths-shining-5909b93898d54.jpg

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#5

Profeign

Profeign

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
3 years ago

my parents in one comic

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#6

Appa-rel

Appa-rel

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ANIKET SONAWANE
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3 years ago

my dad !!!

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#7

Confidon't

Confidon't

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Ok Ha-Neul
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

What... For serious?

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#9

Empathy-patnee

Empathy-patnee

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ANIKET SONAWANE
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3 years ago

Disease to every Indian mom.

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#10

Didn't Work Out

Didn't Work Out

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Miklós Nagy
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

This pisses me off royally

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#13

Bargain or Loss

Bargain or Loss

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Sue Z Q
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3 years ago

Penny wise and pound foolish.

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#14

Pee-dee-ay

Pee-dee-ay

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Pamela Beuret
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3 years ago

Eeeeeew

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#15

Load Rash

Load Rash

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Yuna Aita
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3 years 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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Fatim
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3 years ago

I'm Algerian not Indian but i relate xD

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#17

Practise What You Teach

Practise What You Teach

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Usman Nadeem
Community Member
3 years ago

This actually happened to me once.

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#18

Chivalruse

Chivalruse

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moh saad
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3 years ago

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But that's completely normal

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#19

Can't Be Left Alone

Can't Be Left Alone

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Bel Panado
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww poor guy

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#20

Tradishunned

Tradishunned

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Nighty fox dreemurr
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3 years ago

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*Insert funny and inteligent comment here*

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#21

Escapegoat

Escapegoat

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Emma Perkins
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years ago

aw poor boy

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#24

Shareolder

Shareolder

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Blue wolf
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha!

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#25

Technapology

Technapology

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Chris D'Agostino
Community Member
3 years ago

My mum isn't even Indian and she does this.

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#26

Maidriarchy

Maidriarchy

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Usernameofgag
Community Member
3 years ago

My parrent's house assistan... Lol

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#27

Turmedic

Turmedic

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Marios Louvaris
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

ALMOST every person on the Earth...

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#29

Trickshaw

Trickshaw

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Anne Madag
Community Member
3 years ago

act like a couple :'3

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#30

Maid 'Fore Each Other

Maid 'Fore Each Other

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Vanessa
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3 years ago

wait what?

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#31

Lies and Receipt

Lies and Receipt

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ANIKET SONAWANE
Community Member
3 years ago

they just want to sell their things , go green ??? it is a lie

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#32

Passive-Aggressive

Passive-Aggressive

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Frédérique Lesaffre
Community Member
3 years 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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Huỳnh Tú Phương
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3 years ago

This also happens in Vietnam LOL

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#34

Focus-Pocus

Focus-Pocus

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'Δανάη Α'
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3 years ago

Beatles lyrics never let me concentrate in tests 😂

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#35

Scoopidity

Scoopidity

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Pamela Beuret
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Moms....

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#37

Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

Stray Hungry, Stray Foolish

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Anne Madag
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor Devika.

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#40

Mint Money

Mint Money

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PetruF
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3 years ago

Same in Romania. Makes you want to pay for bread with bubble gum and candy

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#41

Xmas Xploit

Xmas Xploit

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Bel Panado
Community Member
3 years ago

Seriously? Even phone lines give extra charges?

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#42

Brushed Aside

Brushed Aside

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Eglė Liubinaitė
Community Member
3 years ago

Warmel :D

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#43

Priorities

Priorities

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Master Markus
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

very sad

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#46

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Catalina Ioan
Community Member
3 years ago

Do you at least get presents?

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#47

Heat and Run

Heat and Run

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Yuna Aita
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3 years ago

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Some of these aren't about Indian family

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