… you don’t have to do everything the Indians do.
(submitted by April)
…Oh my God. This is one of the most awkward photos I’ve ever seen on this page. You know that moment where someone does something really embarrassing, and you feel so embarrassed for them you want to just want to disappear? Yeah. I’m feeling that right now.
The turban is from Jaipur, Marwar, Rajasthan. Its traditional in the area.
The “cheese” above is an alcove in the wall, for keeping lamps, etc in.
The symbol on the t-shirt says “om” and has spiritual and religious significance for hindus.
The red mark on the forehead is a teeka, different from a bindi (or dot) and is made of vermillion. Its usually applied on the forehead of guests as a mark of greeting.
The photo is classic tourist fare for anyone going to a Rajasthani/ Marwari restaurant in India. The turbans are rolled beforehand, and then placed on the person’s head and the photo taken.
This picture is about as funny or awkward as, say, an Indian family walking into a mcdonalds, and wearing baseball caps and posing for a photo.
Which is an incredibly funny and awkward picture of course.
Stop it, people, the hilarity is killing me.
I haven’t seen this picture for almost a year. It made me laugh, again. Thanks April for posting our awkward family picture. mom
You’ll blend right in….but will you want to?…
That picture is from Chowki Dhani a tourist spot in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Its an ethnic village developed for tourists and 99% of the population does not dress like that anymore.
For international tourists they do the traditional ‘tikka’ or the red dot on the forehead and the local ushers would place their turban on the tourists head for them to enjoy and as a sign of respect.
I thought the red dot on the forehead was for women to indicate they were married.
No it’s not, the dot or mark on the forehead symbolises the third eye. What indicates that a woman is married is if she has sindoor-red powder in the parting of her hair.
when in India…
ouch. tourism gone wrong.
I agree. When traveling in a foreign country, the general rule is observe, don’t participate!
Om my god.
This is rea, true blue american family awkwardness! classic
At least they aren’t wearing shorts and carrying fanny packs!
Ahem, there was no Photoshop used in the making of this photo. That is pure, 100% family awkwardness. The photo was taken (by me) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, at a sort of tourist park with camels and musicians and such. And I had a turban, too, but the waiters kept taking it away.
I know them! Hi April!
typical american tourists:)
Dr. Thaddeus Venture and son Hank on holiday.
I find this kind of offensive
Yes, I totally agree. All of this hating on the Photo-shoppers. It’s completely real-centric and borderline discriminatory.
“Real-centric”? Cheryl, you ROCK!
I guess they like to PHOTOSHOP pictures in India?????
Here we have visitors seemlessly bending into the cultural landscape.
You could put them in a line up with actual Indians and I probably couldn’t tell the difference.
Why did you even post this photo? It is clearly a photoshopped image. I thought that the point of this website was to post real, but awkward, photos.
And maybe they should change the site´s name to Real Awkward Family Photos. Really Awkward Family Photos. Awkward Family Real Photos. I give up.
I think Dad looks edgy, with his turban cocked at a rakish angle…
I think Dad’s pocket protector is the ultimate cultural faux pas.
What the Wilkersons misunstood was that they were in IndiaNA…
*Snort* I’m from Indiana! Good shout-out
haha I’m from indiana…. when I tell people, they look at me funny… i have to repeat that I’m from INDIANA.
nice one (:
When I told people I was moving to India, they said, “Indiana?” It took them a while to fully understand.
why are comments not posted?? annoying!
The two guys in this picture look oddly familiar to me.
Is that Ted Turner?
With Peyton Manning?
Mmmm K. These 2 comments were the best that I have seen about this pic yet! And the dude in the middle does look just like Peyton Manning!!! Lol
Griff, your tiny icon picture looks like someone dressed as a massive peanut…in tights…come on dude, you HAVE to submit that picture!
Dad liked to wear his headdress at a jaunty angle.
It’s really looking more and more like it’s taken at an Indian restaurant, possibly a birthday and they have the people dress like that. You know, kind of like when a Mexican restaurant will put a sombrero on the head of the birthday boy/girl. I also work with some Indians, and I’ve found and heard that it’s more the Sikh faith that wears the turbans these days.
this post is officially not fun anymore…
Is anyone else seeing a huge cheese popping out of the wall above the head of the second guy?
It´s not cheese, it´s butter.
I think that is a small alcove carved into the wall, not anything coming out of the wall.
These people are trying to hard. Orange turban on the left is a clip on… just saying.
Casting call for a new movie: “Midnight Express 2009”
I’ve been there. Don’t worry, at that place you totally fit in. It’s a great tourist spot for seeing “real” Indian culture. It’s cheesy, but fun, and it supports villages in that state.
Yea I’ve been to this place as well. It’s a huge fantastic tourist spot. They put the dot and the turban on you. It’s pretty awesome though. I have a VERY similar photo actually
OMG! Im Indian that grew up here in Colorado and this is sooo funny, we dont dress like this anymore, but i think is Awwkwaaarrrd!
What? No Saris?
sari to disappoint you.
It is funny he is in India with that shirt….the symbol means, “I eat cows for every meal”.
Does anyone know what the symbol on his shirt says?
It says ‘om’.
This website is freakin’ hilarious! I’m so glad that I came across it! 🙂
I like turtles
The one in the middle is cute!
woowwwww…it’s all so awkwardly brilliant. the dad’s awkwardly tilted turban, the son’s Om t-shirt…. great.
I wonder if they have compound bows in india?
Not very many with millions of citizens starving and cows ecerywhere.
haha. I have a photo similar to this, but I’m in a sari with a GINORMOUS tikka made of red rice stuck to my forehead. I look ridiculous, but it made my host family happy.
AHAHAHAHA! Now that’s funny!
Red dot on forehead family. When in AFP… you don´t have to turn everything into a compound bow joke, but I do.
Well this is a perfect opportunity to pose a question that has been on my mind… why is everybody obsessed with compound bows on this website?! Although, admittedly it does make me laugh every time.
And in case you need an extra laugh: I’m a city girl … I actually had to google “compound bow” when I first started reading comments on the site.
BTW, I think it is supposed to be a red dot … not a red smear? Mom got it right at least.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a dot or a smear.
And BTW, you will never catch us normal Indians sporting these turbans unless of course they are a special case outta AFP.
Even Indians don’t dress like that!!
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