You might have seen a lot of Punjabi households in Bollywood movies. But let me assure you, a Punjabi household is nothing like what is portrayed on the big screen. If you think that is maddening, you have no idea what you’re in for. A Punjabi household is as maddening and colourful as they come. Here are 20 things that you will be able to relate to if you’ve grown up in a Punjabi family:
1. We don’t eat to live. We live to eat!
Our life begins and ends at food and everything in between is just background detail.
2. We love to boast about being from a khaata peeta khaandan.
3. Desi ghee is synonymous to Punjab.
The amount of ghee you consume is directly proportional to your Punjabiness.
4. So is drama.
5. Sweety. Chotu. Kaaka. Bunty. Chunu. Ladoo. Even our names can light up anybody’s day.
6. Yes, there is something called lassi on the rocks.
We are the proud inventors!
7. 10 pegs and we can still go strong!
We grow up seeing our dads drink and sometimes even have a drink or two with them.
8. When we go out to eat, daal makhni, shahi paneer and butter chicken are a staple.
9. The look on your mother’s face when you just say haan instead of haanji.
10. Even if we are healthy and well built, we will always be maarha/sukka for our mothers and grandmothers.
11. Chhittar are a part and parcel of your life.
12. Your mom and the ladies in the neighbourhood have daily meetings to discuss important things in life like Rajni de munde da viah, Preeti di job and Mithoo di parhai.
13. We believe in wearing all colours at once.
Because swag mera desi!
14. Abuses are a part and parcel of life. If your parents don’t call you kutta, kanjar, kameena and khote da puttar at least once a day, something is wrong with you.
15. Bua, fuffad, chacha, chachi, maama, maami, taaya, taayi… we take our relatives very seriously.
So much so that they are always found at our place rather than theirs.
16. Both the eldest and the youngest members of the family are given more importance.
Daadaji is the king of the house and sets the rules but even he can’t refuse the grandchildren.