Who says that the LGBTQ community has all the rights of coming out of the closet? If you are an atheist in India, you have to go through the same fear and apprehensions. If there is one thing Indian parents care more about than your health and well-being, it is your faith in some higher power. So it’s not that much of a surprise when some people have to hide their religious views at home.

You wouldn’t believe how many people identify as “closet atheists” these days. The fear of disappointing one’s parents (that they probably already do anyway) is too great to utter those five words: “I don’t believe in God.”

But, for those brave-hearts who decided to “come out” regardless of the catastrophic repercussions, life is pretty much a roller-coaster of mini sermons to get you to ‘believe’, more so than it was before. Here are a few things that atheists in India will totally relate to:

1. First stage- denial! “What do you mean you don’t believe in God?”

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2. “Beta, bhagwan se naraaz nahi hote.

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3. Your parents keep treating you as if there is something wrong with you.

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4. They might even tell you to ‘hide it’ from the rest of the family so as to not “create a scene.”

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5. “You are too young to understand anything right now.”

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6. There will be times you will be asked questions like, “Okay then, tell me. Who created this universe? Who created you and me?”

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7. They will try and bring your disbelief in God in every unrelated argument, for example, studies. So you better be good at everything!

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8. In spite of your parents being aware of your beliefs, you would still get lectured about eating non-veg on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that whole list of religious regulations.

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9. But in the end, it’s all worth it because those unsolicited sermons make you well equipped for a religious debate.

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