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Things Punjabis are tired of hearing!

Because Punjabis are not all about "Balle Balle" and "Shava Shava"

India is a land of diverse cultures and communities. Many times, we stereotyped communities for some of their eccentric features and behaviors.  While some are acceptable, some are not so welcoming. Loud, loving, and full of life, Punjabis personifies fun.  But certain things annoy even the coolest Punjabis. Here is a list of some things that Punjabis are tired of hearing:


“Hey! You hail from Punjab? So, Where’s your Turban?”

Breaking News: being Punjabi is not equal to being Sikh!! Try to understand that there are Sikh Punjabi, there are Hindu Punjabi and Cut Surd bhi hote hai (here are cut surd too!!). Wearing a turban is all about Sikh Punjabis. Also, the 5K’s (kesh, kanga, kirpan. Kada, and kachcha) are meant for Sikhs and not for all Punjabis. So, stop asking this question.

“What’s in your lunch? Chola bhatura or butter chicken?”

Yes, we are Punjabi and love our larger-than-life cuisine but we equally relish other cuisine and we just don’t eat paranthas or chole kulche or butter naan the whole day.

“So, you listen to Yo Yo Honey Singh!!”:

Punjabis love Punjabi songs but not all are Yo Yo Honey Singh fans. Even Punjabis have a taste for serene and deeply meaningful songs and we equally admire Gurdas Mann and Jagjit Singh.

“All set for Bhangra performance in the wedding??

Why do you expect every Punjabi to do only Bhangra in any event? Firstly, mere dancing on the beats of “bolo ta ra ra” is not bhangra and not every Punjabi is comfortable doing it.

“You are a Punjabi and you don’t drink?”:

Seriously! Does this even make any sense? Drinking or not drinking is an individual choice and it has nothing to do with being Punjabi.

“When are you moving to Canada?”

To be honest, every Punjabi dream to land in a foreign land, some or other day. To live a life of better opportunities in no crime and like every other youth, Punjabis too have this dream. What’s wrong with it!! So, stop irritating by asking this question again and again.


“Be louder! What kind of Punjabi are you?”:

“Yes! I am a Punjabi but that does not mean I’m always LOUD!” This is the only thought that strikes every Punjabi's mind when they heard this nerd Phrase.

“So, what’s your nickname, Happy or Jolly?”:

Honestly, Punjabis are the most fun-loving persons, and what’s wrong if it reflects in our name. It’s our nickname, and you better keep your business till our formal names.

“Baara baj gaye kya?”:

In our country, no humor is complete without cracking this lame joke about sardarjis getting crazy at 12. But what people don’t know is the history behind this phrase. It is associated with the bravery act of the Punjabi community and shouldn’t be cracked as a joke.

Though Punjabis are not annoyed easily and have a kind of expertise in keeping their calm with “saanu ki” (who cares) type attitude. But in case you succeed in doing so, be ready to face the consequences. After all, they are rightly named PUN Jabi (an otherwise calm person ready to give a strong PUNch if triggered the wrong way). So, a piece of advice: “whenever you do that, do it at your own risk”!!!!

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