Five years back when I first stepped into the city of Delhi, I felt entering a completely different world. After a few days, there was a creeping hate rising in me for this city. ''Rants like it's too hot, the people are snob, the pollution is high...'' became a part of daily conversation. However, as I started exploring this city and meeting new people, another side of Delhi was unveiled. The initial hate slowly turned into deep love.
Though the stereotypes about the people of this city are not entirely false, the best part is that they are not true for everyone. The years of living in the city slowly seeped some of those stereotypes into me too, thus making me a part of the world whose image I need to protect.
So, if you are visiting this city or planning to move or just curious, then you need to know the things that turn the Dilwallas of Dilli into 'Danav'. Beware and do not ask or utter these things with the sweet residents of Delhi.
The first thing that is certain to make any Delhiwalla cranky is telling that Mumbai is safer than Delhi. Well, we will not go into the details of reality but comparing these two cities is like comparing India with Pakistan.
Now you understand the gravity of the situation. Isn't it?
Cheap and fashionable! Smart shopping is the mantra for Delhi divas. So, unless you want to incur their wrath, keep your opinion to yourself.
The slang is no slang at all. 'Gaali' is a part of the regular life. Though we certainly do not promote the use of foul language, but this is something hard to avoid in Delhi.
Being ghamandi or snobbish is something that is instantly attributed to Delhiites. The reality is not everyone shows that traits. On a second thought, when you are staying in the capital of the country, then being a little ghamandi is allowed.
No! Yes, slightly showing their snobbish side, people will strongly refuse to accept that Gurugram and Noida are parts of Delhi.
A big NOPE question. So, even if the question bubbles up in your mind, burst it.
Not everyone from this place is fond of spending their time in these activities. There are thousands of other things this amazing place offers.
Not a single word more unless you are saying the BEST.
We love our momos more than anything. Period!
*fumes in anger & thinks of protesting* No.
Is this a joke? Of course, that is something that you are going to get as an answer. It is not boring but different from the most part of the country.
There is a lifelong relationship between people who are living in Delhi and street foods, so there is no way that can fall anywhere below the category other than the best.
Have you seen the traffic? Heard the sounds? Felt the pollution? Of course, to talk over all that we have to be loud.
Yo! Yo! No! Not everyone is blown by the mindless music.
Understanding the bliss of eating in a Langar can never be comprehended by someone who didn't try it. Besides, the poori and halwa you get are really tasty.
Someone once said, if you do not have anything nice to say, then do not say it at all
Yes, we started our tale by highlighting the rivalry between Mumbai and Delhi, thus it is only fair to end on the same note. Anything about Mumbai being better than Delhi is something you should NEVER tell to a Delhiite.
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