Being a true blue Punjabi, even with both paternal and maternal sides coming from Punjabi genes, I have more often than not been mistaken for ……. well, anything BUT a Punjabi. Now I credit my ‘Un’ punjabi ‘ness’ to not being loud and pompous, as per the unanimous assumption. I want to behave like a Punju, eat like a Punju and drink like a Punju!
But, what really is Punjabi behaviour? Mrs Parminder Parkash aka Bobby from Hum Tum or the ever ‘gol roti’ aspiring Mummyji from Bend it Like Bekham or the jilted Rani in Queen who sits on the streets of Paris getting drunk and crying ‘meri zindagi barbaad ho gayi’?
The brigade has been overtly misunderstood….. and because my loyalty to this endearing community stands unperturbed, I am going to burst some myths and presumptions about ‘The Punjabi Syndrome’!
Punjus….. & LOUD?
Says who? I call it ‘being uninhibited’. Now, I credit the loudness to God-given hormones and testosterones that decide how high or low pitched our voices are. I, stand as an example of a low pitched Punjabi.
Non-Veg Flows In A Punjabi’s Veins
How come you are a vegetarian being a Punjabi? Ummm… Just like anyone else! Ok, Leaving me and my immediate family aside (we eat…. ), I have pure ‘teth’ Punjabi family from Amritsar, who are PURE VEGETARIANS! Yes, that is possible and they have never tasted an egg! Coming to facts, 40 percent of Gujarat’s population is non-veg!
Daaru Shaaru Is Their Mantra… Read Alcoholics
I am offended by this one. Let me clear this one, once and for all! Punjabis drink to make merry…. or sadness…. and there is another sect that has never tasted alcohol. So, LEAVE THE PUNJUS ALONE!
Show Off Is Their Middle Name
You call ‘mere naal te Audi haigi’ as show off? On a serious note, NO! They sure to like to feel proud….. but isn’t that the case with everyone? In fact, Punjabis are known to be hospitable and overtly down to Earth! The next time you make that assumption, consider whether you own the Audi!
Aloo De Paranthe, Achar Naal!
No way! In this day and age, we all want to have the ‘Shilpa Shetty bod’…. so an absolute No no to Aloo Paranthas! To state the truth a lot of us prefer Idli Sambar and Chinjabi over Aloo De Paranthe!
Shine On Punjabis!
This has been one of the most presumptuous and judgemental opinion about Punjabis. The certainly DO NOT wear ‘chamkeele’ clothes. If you have ever been to a Punju wedding, you’d know that the women there might just give all the rest of you, fashion goals!
Punjabi Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?
What’s that again? So, abusing your high flying F— word, is cool …… and abusing in Punjabi is ‘gussa’? Unfair much? See? It’s assumptions like these that rile up a Punjabi. If you ever mention this to one, don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Punjabis and Sikhs Are NOT SYNONYMOUS!
There is only one way to explain….. A Punjabi is a Punjabi…. and A Sikh is a Sikh! Get it? Once more…… All Sikhs are Punjabis, but all Punjabis aren’t necessarily Sikhs.
The only assumption I agree with is probably the one that says….. ‘Soni Punjabi kudi’! For obvious reasons…… But well!
Love them or hate them…… you just cannot ignore them, yeh Punjus!