If there’s one thing we Indians know for certain, it’s that you can’t escape your Gujarati friends! It doesn’t matter whether you live within India or not, the chances are that you have at least one Gujju friend. We give you a few things you’ll totally get if you have a Gujarati friend. Saras Che!
1. They Travel In Packs
They travel the world with their entire clan in tow. In case your friend forgot to tell you she was vacationing in Europe last month, all her cousins and relatives tagging her in numerous pictures from their ‘phorun’ travels is a sure teller.
2. You Now Know What Jain Chicken Is
Chicken without onions, yaar!
3. Your Social Circle Has Doubled
Gujjus are related to almost everyone and are friends of friends with the rest. Thanks to them and their extended family, your social circle has multiplied in the past few years. You still can’t understand how they manage to stay connected and maintain close relationships with SO many people at all times.
4. You Will Never Go Hungry
Whether you’re travelling together or just drop by their house, you’re sure to be presented with a feast of khakdas, theplas, fafdas, dhoklas and undhiyu. It doesn’t matter what time of the day or night it is. Yum!
5. When You Need Money Advice…
If there’s anybody who understands the stock market it’s a Gujju. Wondering where to invest your cash? Have a question about Sensex? They’re the only people you need to call.
You even understand their own form of English now and don’t even bat an eyelid when you hear such things anymore.
6. Wallet Parking Che?
7. They Are Spread All Over The Planet
All your Gujarati friends have NRI cousins and uncles living all over the world. The Gujju community is widespread - UK, US and beyond!
8. Their Bargaining Skills Are Unmatched
She’s the friend you want to take along when you go street shopping. She’ll haggle away and won’t back down till you get a gorgeous dress for half the price. It’s a skill that they’re born with.
9. Navratri Is Their Sunburn
Sunburn, prom – whatever you want to call it. Even your friend with the most conservative parents is allowed to stay out all night dancing during garba season.
They love to speak in Gujarati no matter where they are, so much so that it’s rubbed off on you. Kem cho, avjo, majama, su kare che – it’s all part of your daily lingo now.
10. Your Vocabulary Has Expanded
11. You Will Never Stop Teasing Them About The G-U-J-J-U Song
That scene from Kal Ho Na Ho will forever go down in history.
12. Their Weddings Are Like No Other
Want to catch up on the latest gossip? Just attend a Gujju wedding and you’re sure to be up-to-date with everything you need to know and more. Plus, it’s quite fascinating how they’re all married to cousins of cousins or aunt’s sister’s sons. It’ll help you understand better how they’re such a strong community.
13. You Can Borrow Their Colourful Clothes
You’re never short of a desi wardrobe when you’re friends with a Gujju. Bandhani dupattas, backless chanya cholis and all those beads and mirror work are what you should borrow whenever you’re inspired by Deepika’s outfits in Ram Leela.
14. They’re Not Insulting Their ‘Mota’ Relatives
Ever heard your friend call her relatives mota kaka or mota bhai? No they’re not calling them fat, ‘mota’ means elder in Gujarati. Respect che.
15. You Have A Whole New Festival To Look Forward To
Kite flying day has become an important day in your calendar. No, even if you don’t know how to fly a kite, you can drink, be merry and party all day and night on your friend’s terrace with the colourful sky as a fantastic backdrop.
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Published on Nov 16, 2015