Metro Weekly


Mr. Manners

For all the fun that bad boys can be, sometimes you just want someone you can take home to Mom. Educated, extroverted, polite and ambitious, 22-year-old Joshua can pacify even the most critical parent. A student at the University of Maryland majoring in communication studies with a minor in LGBT studies, Joshua has the makings of a well-polished politician – a path he’s considering. The Howard County resident has already engaged politically in his home state, serving as a new media intern for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign. Raised in a traditional Indian family, he’s proud of his heritage and an active member of the Asian support and social group KhushDC. While he’s not into the bar scene, he does love to dance, so you’re likely to spot him at Town on weekends.

Coverboy: Joshua

Coverboy: Joshua

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What’s on your nightstand?
There’s a picture of my parents right after they got married, a picture of my two little brothers when they were 2 and 3 years old, and my jewelry box.

What’s in your nightstand drawer?
My nightstand doesn’t have drawers. I keep my personal items on top of my dresser.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
I prefer not to answer that. I foresee a possible political career in my future.

What are your television favorites?
I’m a big fan of reality TV. All of the Housewives shows, Jersey Shore, Real World, Keeping up with the Kardashians. I’ve recently been watching reruns of Desperate Housewives.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

What superhero would you be?

Who’s your greatest influence?
My mother. I sometimes am shocked at how strong she is as a woman.

What’s your greatest fear?
Death. I think about the afterlife, and what’s going to happen.

Coverboy: Joshua

Coverboy: Joshua

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
The Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, Johnny Cash and Rosa Parks.

What would you serve?
Pesto grilled salmon with french fries and curried shrimp. For dessert, creme brulee.

How would you describe your dream guy?
My dream guy is one who is not only educated, but one who’s confident and able to adapt to any environment. Who sticks to his beliefs, and who values respect and is able to cherish every moment.

Define good in bed.
Good is communicating all the time.

Who should star in a movie about your life?|
Jake Gyllenhaal.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Lance Bass.

Who gets on your nerves?
One who is arrogant, who exudes their insecurities through jealousy, and who is cheap.

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My jewelry box. I have a lot of family keepsakes in there.

What’s your biggest turn-on?
Scruff is sexy. Height – I like a guy who’s taller. And a smile.

Coverboy: Joshua

Coverboy: Joshua

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What’s your biggest turn-off?
Bad teeth.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?


What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Scuba diving.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who’s your favorite musical artist?
The Killers.

What’s your favorite website?

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
Can I leave that one out?

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
I will leave that to everyone’s imagination.

What’s your favorite retail store?

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?

What about on shoes?

Coverboy: Joshua

Coverboy: Joshua

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
French food. I love Café Dupont.

What’s your favorite season?

What kind of animal would you be?
A horse. I think they’re elegant creatures.

What kind of plant would you be?
A rose.

What kind of car would you be?
Infiniti G37. Black on black.

What are you most grateful for?
Having a family who loves me and cares for me.

What’s something you want more of?
I want more money, because right now I’m just a college student who is unpaid.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Live, laugh, love. And then learn.