Tuesday, 18 March 2014

DUCK-FACE CULTURE.....



I think I am getting old. Old enough to start my conversations with “Humare Zamaane Mein” and old enough to fret about generation gap.  I am feeling old at the age of 24.

Yesterday was Holi and while I was working, the entire India celebrated it with the sole intention of updating the photos of their colourful self on Facebook and Instagram. To denote it with an on-the-spot made statistic, 99.99% people did not even know the story behind the festival. Anyway, I rushed back home after work to be greeted by my little 7 yr old cousin who looked like someone had mistaken her to be a pen and had dipped her in an ink bottle. I smiled as she asked me to click a photo of her and her other sinister friends. As soon as I raised the camera to click, all of them jutted out their waist to a specific angle, kept their hands on their hips, looked at the camera in a quizzical manner and made a duck face. I kept the camera down and left.

For those who live under a rock, ‘Duck-face’ according to Urban dictionary means “ the face made if you push your lips together in a combination of a pout and a pucker, giving the impression you have larger cheekbones and bigger lips.”

But a better definition would be “the grotesque expression made by stupid people in a vain attempt to appear sexually promiscuous.”

I remember how as a kid and during my teenage years, posing for photos meant three things. Either making a V for Vagina sign, or making a sign that we saw many rock stars make in MTV or giving each other finger horns. Half of my photos consisted of me with finger horns.  I was happy with finger horns and Vagina V. The only expression we ever attempted on our face apart from forceful smiles, was the ‘Attitude’ look which 9 out of 10 times made me look like I was suffering from constipation.

What does a duck face imply? I have finally shortlisted four answers for this-
1) Look at me, I am a sexually charged object and I know you want me!
2) I am on a medication that makes my facial tissue suffer from spasms.
3) I am kissing a ghost and obviously you cannot see him.
4) Donald Duck was a huge success. I love Donald Duck.

As I log into Facebook, I am bombarded with the photos of my Juniors pouting beside the Baga beach in Goa, my friends pouting in front of a melting ice-cream, my best friend pouting before the statue of Lord Ganesha at Siddhivinayak Temple and my far off relative Mrs.Susheela attempting a duck face that makes her look like she took this selfie seconds before her trip to the loo to barf her intestines out.

HERE A POUT, THERE A POUT, EVERYWHERE A POUT POUT.

It needs to stop!

This reminds me of my great-grandmother who was so forgetful that she used to throw away the dentures we bought her. Consequently, we stopped buying her dentures and started feeding her with manually mashed food. It was cute to watch her involuntarily pucker and pout as she ate a banana. That was the only duck face I will ever find adorable. God bless her soul.

I am a very calm person, per se. Even though I have this rage against the whole ‘duck-face’ culture on the rise, I still do not go around campaigning against it. I do not leave rude comments under pictures. I just ignore. But yesterday a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook to go check out her new profile picture and to comment underneath. So, as a good friend I went to her profile and was rewarded with a duck face. And just like a good friend would, I left a comment under the picture. “QUACK QUACK”

Of course she deleted the comment and isn't talking to me.

P.S- Selfies rule!
Image Courtesy- Tumblr





140 comments:

  1. Ah, the era of the duck face. ROFL for the post. As you said, here a pout, there a pout and everywhere a pout !

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    1. Thank u for being the first to read.

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  2. LOLz....enjoyed reading ur post :)

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  3. Here a quack there a quack everywhere a quack quack ! :D LOL..!! I completely detest duck faces ! I dint know what V stood for...I thought till the last minute that it was Victory ! :D

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    1. Are it is victory only. I just think dirty! :P

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  4. I too feel old at 24. All the short forms like IDK, dpotd and I have to google everything or ask my 16 yr old neighbor who seems to know everything. Sigh !! and duck face is the absolute worst.. I now know what to comment on duck faced photos of friends "quack quack" it is :)

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    1. hhahah I ask my brother too..and guess wht he is 17yrs!! :)

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  5. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!! that photo is so hilarious !! where on earth do you get the photos accompanying your posts..? they are so brilliant i tell you. takes the post to another level altogether.dude this duck face business is one big pain in my ass i tell you.a friend of minee once asked m to take a pic of hers with some weird hairstyle and made that duckface sign. she looked like a pig ready to snort. i told her that.she didn't talk to me for two days. :D but that moment was hilarous when she actually looked like a confused pig when i made that comment. these youngsters today(and i find myself saying that a lot...pfffffft..i have grown old too), have some weird sense of what looks cool. i have a cousin who puts duckface pics all over facebook and i am like...lord save her. maybe something is wrong with my sense of looking cool you think?
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanywayyyyyyyyyyyy..
    super brilliant post only molay...to hell with duckfaces. we look hot without it. and thankgod for that :P:D:D
    Cheers

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    1. I loooooooooooove your my vixieeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I get lucky when it comes to getting pictures!!!!!

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  6. This is brilliant stuff. I am serious. Somehow this comes off as one of those perfect mid twenty posts where we all trying to fit in with the people behind us and know very well that our place lies ahead really :D I have made too many duck faces to last a lifetime even forced people to do it with me in a group picture :D

    Get yourself some nice share buttons at least one with twitter handle embedded, you write great and your content needs to get shared!

    Richa

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  7. Hilarious read ! “Everywhere a quack quack” sums up the situation rather well !
    I used to find the V for vagina pretty pathetic but really the pout takes the cake !

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  8. hahaha, I think that last bit takes away the cake.

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  9. OMG ! You're a riot :D :D
    I wish I could hear you fight a case in the court. I swear I'll keep giggling and smiling because I'll remember only the duck faces and the ' pardon-me-I-turned-my-back-at-you-your-honour' kind of dialogues :D :D :D
    Yes, A quack quack it is ! I wonder what it is with 7 year olds..... like they want to pout, and that hip-on-my-side pose for snaps.... it is weird :)
    All that I knew to do was to put my hands on the next person's shoulders and try to pose casually, losing the casual look in the process :D :D

    We are OLD :D :D :D

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    1. No wonder they r keeping me away from court and forcing me to deal with corporate stuff :(

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  10. I see a lot of duck faces here... At first I kept wondering what's wrong with their lips... Later on did I realize that's the trend now... Gawd I feel so old... Looks like I missed a century of cultural evolution... From ape lips to duck lips :P loved your post and your quack quack response was hilarious :D

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    1. HAHAHAHA Ape lips...how I never seen those!

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  11. Now it will be a little fun to watch, innocent people making that V sign :)

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  12. hahaha!! Let me tell you, I am about 7 years older to you and I find V for vagina and that MTV rock thing very irritating!! Nevertheless, I do all kinds of silly things when posing for pictures. And why not! I really think 'Quack, quack' is an awesome(real) comment than getting 150+ likes for something which is not worth clicking also. Soooo .. the mantra here is... make duck faces, click selfies, and then, go ahead and make fun of the whole process. You are never gonna look back at the stupid pics anyway!

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    1. hahahahahahah....now I am glad I got company!

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  13. Awesome as usual :) i'll add one more to the list "I am terribly insecure about myself, please please say I look super hot" :P
    Btw the duck in the tale reminded me of this Koffee with Karan episode with Nargis Fakhri.. the way she pouted her lips esp. when she said 'Ranbir".. couldnt help but go quack quack. Seriously, that's how she spoke :P

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    1. hahahaha NARGIS FAKHRI..and also the temporary ANUSHKA SHARMA!!!!

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  14. funny, these urban GIRLZ are STUPID !!

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  15. At first I thought that this was a post dedicated to Nargis Fakhri! :D

    "I was happy with finger horns and Vagina V" Tell me about it!!!

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    1. heheheheheh! She should have got a special mention!

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  16. Lol...I am so going to try a duck face for my next selfie! Can't do it but will do one just for you ;) Funny post as always Red!

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  17. :D :D :D :D Serious? Seven year old posing with hand on the hip and duck face? Sigh! Humare zamaane me...

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  18. Adding you to my blog roll.

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  19. Hilarious, and yes I too find this culture highly irritating!

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  20. Hahaha.You are given to hyperbole.!!!We hardly see anyone in public with duck face!!! But I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece that started with Holi and ended with duck face.

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  21. I tried to make a duck face once - I'm still traumatized from it!!

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  22. V is for Vagina?!! Really? :'D I really should stop reading your posts at work :P

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  23. Even my 8 year old cousin did the same thing. But since I was the one flaunting a new camera, I had to take the picture.

    I always thought V is for Victory! Damn, I was misled, my childhood utterly ruined. :P

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    1. Under stand the humour. V is for victory only!!!

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  24. N here I wasted my youth thinking V stood for victory..:P n the guy friend was a pig..he was in goa at baga beach n all he did was take photographs..poor him...
    Awesome post red

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    1. Thank u lovely. V is for victory only!

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  25. Hahaha!
    I love donald duck!
    And we do celebrate holi in Kathmandu as well:)

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  26. I knew you'd be fretting for having to work while everyone was playing holi. So, in view of such events, I didn't click a single picture. You read that right. Not even a single picture of my holi-face, okay, I know you read it as holy-face. That's actually what I meant but then I stopped.

    :)

    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  27. Quack Quack. Hilarious! :)

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  28. I thought V stood for peace (I am highly delusional)
    Anywayz awesome post as alwayz nd funny as alwayz!!!

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    1. It stands for peace or victory only. I just think dirty!

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  29. V means Vagina?? :O You're kidding, right????

    One and only one person was born to carry the duck face? And that is Angus Young of AC/DC.

    Hillarious post!

    But seriously?? V for.....???

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    1. YESSSSSS AGNUS YOUNG YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!
      V for victoryonly...but for me it is Vagina!!!

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    2. Hah!Stop pretending you know him. Its not even "Agnus"...its Angus :p

      But you simply cant afford to miss his duck walk. Check it out on youtube

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    3. I knw it is Angus Young...,,.. I had more than 60 comments to reply to. So I dnt go around readin my comment before posting. So be easy! I dnt knw abt his duck walk. but I do knw him.

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    4. Arre tum toh bura maan gayi. I was just pulling your leg :o

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  30. LOL! Red, oh Red!

    Too many duckfaces nowadays ... I'm fed up too!

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  31. LOL. You are too funny. You should be really out there teaching these younger generations V for stuff. Or else, they will grow up assuming all incorrect things. :D

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    1. iooo..nw their parents might just bash me up!

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  32. V for Virgin? ROFL

    And hey I've done duck face too, not to appear coquettish but because it's so funny!.

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  33. Enjoyed your usual wit. But scratching my head a bit. No one posts such pictures on my timeline - maybe I have already earned a reputation as a grumpy old curmudgeon.

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    1. I pray tthat may the force act and fill up ur timeline with selfies!!!!

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  34. I'm 23 and cant make duck faces. Theyre just weird things and look even weirder in photographs. *sigh*

    The next time someone does a duck face I'll be singing here a quack there a quackk! :D

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    1. hahahahahah,,I cant make a duck face too :(

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  35. Hahaha! And now you have metaphorically pouted all over your blog (a pout aka a moue was a way of expressing disapproval in my gen - and i AM old even if I do not behave my age :) )

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    1. u shudnt behave your age..once u do, there is no looking back!

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  36. Lol! I never even realized that this had become a "thing"! :D
    And ROFL at the quack quack comment! :D

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  37. LOL :P Absolutely true! It's irritating Quack Quack everywhere.

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  38. Sheer fun read, Red:) Don't quack too often on FB or else you may make more enemies than friends!

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  39. In the words of the "younger" generation, I am LOLing and ROFLing after reading this! Very well written :)
    Just one downside, if you feel like talking "hamare zamane mein" at 24, I just felt like a grandpa at 27!

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    1. Chalo, we aged too early it seems :(
      Let us blog abt it :P

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    2. Yeah we should. It could be something on the lines of "using web technology as a companion to fight premature aging" ! :D

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  40. Facebook has made narcissists out of all of us. And I think everyone these days is compelled to look "sexy" - duck faces probably evolved out of that need . Good blog. Going to visit it more often!

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    1. Thank you and welcome to my humble blog!

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  41. Duck faces -- haha! The pout, I never found it sexy. Why do people make funny faces? And some of them you meet in real life and wonder. It has happened to me :).

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  42. Seeing so many duck faces everywhere is indeed a pin for the eyes...I am like WTF? :p
    Nice post :) I love the way you turn simple lil things into magnificently funny posts :)

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    1. And I am glad to have you as a reader. LOOOOOOOVE !!

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  43. hahaha! lovely! what a sharp satire!
    on a serious note, I just abhor people esp girls who try to be sexy by doing these gimmicks all the time...they look sluttish instead.

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  44. You're so right. Facebook is full of two things- PDAs, and Pouts. Both, the most irritating things!
    Either people flash their "batteessi" in an attempt to show case how joyful everything is, or they pout around it.

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    1. I get PDA shoved on my face more than pouts!!!!
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  45. The duck face is terrible, I just don't get it! The kids during my school age used to do the V as well with something else pretty disgusting that I don't want to say !

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  46. Jesus! Let me first give you a two thumbs up for the Header! :D :D And oh the duck face, I can't even try and attempt it (given the mass of my cheeks I would look like a puffer fish, all puffed up) :D Funny funny you are!! V for Vagina! :D

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    1. YOU have cute cheeeeks MSM! Yes u will always be MSM for me :P

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  47. hahaha.. duck face looks so horrible. lol@Quack Quack. This FB culture is beyond me, I don't even put a photo with my face visible on Facebook. :)

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  48. I feel older since I didn't know this was the pose that's making the rounds and I absolutely hate it. Looks so idiotic. Ignorance is indeed blissful.

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  49. Ha ha ha ... so true ... have seen so much :-p

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  50. Awesome post, thanks for sharing this post..

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  51. Bwahahaha :D So true.. I don't get the point behind duck face either! :/ I still smile with my teeth showing and sometimes I give those Vagina Vs and finger horns:D :D That's the fun! ! \m/ :D :D

    and like always,, this is a hilarious post! :D poor frn of yours... quack quack :D :D :D

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    1. hahah i to do finger horns or side angled squinty looks

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  52. Lol....i kinda dread logging in to Facebook just anticipating the 'duck faced' selfies that will hit me with a bang! and ppl have pictures taken in their loos.....it so apparent! really, is it getting too much? I mean teenagers behaving tht way is fine, but why does everyone have to join the bandwagon. I'm sure no body is so interested in our lives any way!

    Btw, old at 24??? tut-tut!

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    1. ya man....sometimes u can see the toilet seat open beisde their pics.. disgusting!!

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  53. By God, you are getting old! If you can't see yourself doing the duck face yourself, at least give up the V for vag sign. That is so 2012.
    Lubblee and phunnee post as ujual.

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    1. Thank you soooooo much for reading sirjee!

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  54. Guess I was living under a rock. "Duck face" as a concept was new to me till I read this. Now that I think of it, Duck face is actually interesting and funny!

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    1. HAWWWWWWWWWWWW...Newconcept? HAWWWWWWWW

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  55. I was sure I replied here the day I read the post.. must have got dc without me noticing. But ya, I totally agree that the duck face thingy looks really weird... the fact that its not dying down is kinda scary too. On one side, u have Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out, other side ppl suck their tongue and cheeks in and go "duck duck"! Boy, what a choice...

    Also.. I know everyones already asked but ... "V for Vagina"? :D

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    1. Yes V for vagina for me!! V for victory for everyone else!! :D

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  56. Hahahaha! Hilarious post. Loved it :D

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  57. Hahahaha! You are one hell of a hilarious writer! :D :D

    Thank God I've never had a pouted pic :P

    What do I say, you are so amazing in every post! :)

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  58. It is one of the posts after which most of the girls would come out with a sigh and "Thank God I never did it ever" :D Funny how 99.99% of the world believes they are in 0.1% :P

    But that apart, 2 things.

    I thought nobody understood when I put out the V sign. It is what you said it is :) Pathetic, I know. But then You have to forgive me for being the jerk I was ( and I am ). Apparently, they think it is a sign for 'peace' ( somebody in a movie did that probably ). Beats me! But nothing breaks my heart when people do not understand sarcasm and in fact, welcome it :(

    The other thing was about the hand-on-hips-pose ! I mean come on! It is so lame isn't it? My friends ( all single ofcourse ) got drunk over Diwali, and we talked about the exact same thing. How some friend's wife posed like that and then somebody else's wife copied it the next day :P I mean competitive idiocy or what? But yes. It is definitely comic fodder :)

    I don't know if I can blame your gender for the duck face really. I mean yes, every other girl does that. But I guess they want to be like Angelina Jolie ( if you know what I mean ), even if thats for a snap :) We boys wouldn't mind ofcourse :)

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    1. You cannot blame my gender alone. These days I find men doing the duck faces too!

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  59. Tell me about it. There is nothing natural in the way people pose for photos. I guess we are getting old ;-)

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  60. haha Everyone played Holi for the purpose of uploading pics on FB and Instagram,,True..True..True,.

    and OMG you actually commented QUACK QUACK no doubt you annoyed her LOL

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  61. I did not post Holi pics only because I wanted to be different! And your comment was a smart one.
    With camera phones, everyone is posing in malls, cinemas and markets. It's a fad. Heard people are taking sex Selfies in the UK. Kuch bhi?

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    1. SEX SELFIES??????/ WAAT THE HELL!! Kya hai ye!!

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  62. Ha ha ha..true true! I am also in the "hamare zamane mein aisa nahin hota tha."

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  63. Great Red :)
    I know what to do now. Never comment 'Quack Quack' even when I encounter Ducks!
    And yes, I love Donald & Daisy Duck :)

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  64. When I see my juniors pic... I feel “Humare Zamaane Mein” syndrome too... Did we got that old already??

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  65. EPIC :D
    Loved the write up. Next time i see people with a duck face, i'm gonna remember your post. :)

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  66. Am I extremely lucky that no one on my friend list post such pictures..?? :D

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  67. Really luckily none of my frnds also posed like that but I know tat people do in a vain attempt of looking sexy
    I feel of floor readign that quack quack.
    I will click a duck selfie and send to U :P

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  68. :D :D
    This was absolutely hilarious. And so true about people playing Holi just for the sake of fb pictures!!!

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  69. A great entertaining post. :) Long live Donald Duck!!! Quack Quack!! ;) :D

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  70. Oh. The poor friend. If only she'd known you'd speak the truth!!

    Absolutely agree! Whatever happened to sweet ol' smiling or making horns behind each others heads or maaroing attitude! Tsk tsk. Kids today!

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