India is a home to a variety of cultures and communities and each culture and community is absolutely beautiful in its own ways. Nonetheless, as they say, “Punjabiyan di Shaan wakhri“, there is something unique about the Punjabis which makes them stand apart from the crowd. They believe in living life to the fullest and always sport an ‘anything goes’ attitude. Here are 7 things that you’ll relate to if you are a Punjabi by birth –
1. Large – Hearted People
Punjabis may not be the wealthiest lot, but they are extremely kind-hearted. Trust me on this, be their guest anytime, nothing can beat the hospitality that the Punjabi people offer. And a word of advice, please don’t visit a Punjabi family if you’ve got a weak digestive system. 😉
2. Big-time foodies
Punjabis gorge on food. They have a rich taste for food and their meals are incomplete without the desi ghee loaded chapattis and paranthas, curd, buttermilk and of course, the exotic and incomparable butter chicken. And now you know why most of the men in mid-thirties have got potbellies. 😀 But mind you, the Punjabis take pride in their bulged out bellies as well !
3. High on life
Punjabis believe in living a life full of zest and are the coolest people to hang around with. You can never be bored in their coterie and words like “stay calm” and “have patience” do not exist in their dictionaries. ‘Live life like there’s no tomorrow’ is their only mantra and they are hard core party animals.
4. Ek peg toh banta hai
A Punjabi’s day is literally incomplete without a glass of whiskey in the company of friends. No matter how worn out they are, until and unless they have their usual dose of tonic, they fail to hit their beds. And it’s not that they only enjoy themselves, they make sure every person sits and drink with them.
5. We are loud and we know it!
Yes, Punjabis are garishly loud and will never think twice before speaking their mind. They love to brag and boast about their possessions and live life king size. Cuss words are a part of their daily language and no conversation is complete without the use of some abusive slang. All these traits come naturally to the Punjabi folk and we all love the fun that they bring along.
6. Respect for culture
How ever frivolous the Punjabis might be, the respect and the devotion that they have towards their culture stands completely unmatched. When it comes to their culture, they cannot even bear a word against it and are extremely possessive of their traditions and culture.
7. Big-fat Punjabi weddings
“Ek toh hum punjabi, upar se ghar ki shaadi, gaah kese nai padega saalo. Chakk de phattey!” The best food, the loudest music, the dhols and the DJ, the week long celebrations altogether make for a great Punjabi wedding. And how can one miss the Bhangra? Punjabi weddings are a complete fun and are a life-time experience. The Punjabis are completely in their raula-rappa form and and once they are drunk, they are sure to light up the whole event.