Gujaratis have constantly been on the receiving end of stereotypical wisecracks. Here are some of them that are not entirely true:
Myth 1. “Ae haalo” is our favorite sentence.
No, its not, just like balle balle is not the favorite sentence of punjabis.
Myth 2. We pronounce “hall” as “hole” and “chalk” as “choke”.
Not everything that they show about gujjus in TV or movies is true.
Myth 3. We end all English sentences with a “… ho”, e.g. thank you ho, sorry ho..
Our “thank yous” and “sorrys” are followed by either a full stop or a smile, not by a “ho”.
Myth 4. We do garba at anytime and all the time.
We are very selective about the occasions and places for breaking into a garba. If we dance at ur party, you are special to us.
Myth 5. We are kanjoos.
Just look at the charities and number of schools, colleges and hospitals managed by Gujarati charitable trusts and you’ll get your answer.
Myth 6. We are Fattu..
Myth 7. Daman/Diu is our Goa.
Gujjus go to goa just for liquor, but then “khaali peeva maate Goa kon jaay !!”
Myth 8. Everyone is Bhai/Ben for us.
Good morning. Wake up ! 1970s are long gone. Welcome to 2014.
Myth 9. We don’t drink.
Shu majak karo chho boss!!!
Myth 10. All gujjus are Patels or Shahs.
We are as diverse as the colours in the chaniya choli of a gujju girl, and just like those colors, we make a damn good cultural combination together.
Myth 11. We love America and are dying to get a Green card.
Actually, its our way of bringing the foreign money back to India. Kamaao America ma, Udaao India ma..
Myth 12. We love everything that’s “free”
Well… This isn’t a myth, but then who doesn’t like little surprises ;-P
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