Lately, defying the stereotype seems to be the trend among young Indian Americans. Take Sonjay Dutt for instance. The 22-year-old is a professional wrestler and he recalls the initial resistance he encountered when he declared his career intentions. “In the Indian culture, it’s very important to become a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. Make a lot of money and make your parents really happy.” says Dutt. “I never wanted to do anything like that.”

Like all teenage fads, Dutt’s parents thought his passion for wrestling would blow over. But Dutt gave it his all, training at Larry Sharpe’s “Monster Factory” in Washington, D.C. Only when he began keeping a hectic wrestling schedule did his parents realize he was serious. Dutt now appears on the Fox Sports Network as as “The Original Playa from the Himalayas” on NWA/TNA “iMPACT!” broadcasts.

As the only competitor of Indian descent in mainstream professional wrestling Dutt feels proud to be representing his community in the sport. However, he also concedes that it is a profession that is traditionally frowned upon by the Indian culture.

However, all is well that ends well and Dutt is not only thrilled that his parents are now his biggest fans, but also that he can say he has a dream job—something very few people can honestly say.