I loved living in Chandigarh and still miss it terribly. There’s something about the well planned, laid back nature of the city that attracts me to it. But it was after I left that place that I began to notice that the boys of Chandigarh were somehow different from the boys in the rest of India. Especially the ones who have stayed there their entire lives and never moved out.
- Consider themselves superior to the rest of Indians.
- Don’t have much exposure to the world outside their tri-city area. For them everything beyond Delhi is “South India”.
- Brag about their “kothis” and discuss their sizes in “marla” and “kanals“.
- Plan whose farmhouse they will take girls to, on the weekend.
- When going to Sector 17, park their cars in the parking lots at the outer peripheries of the market, where parking is ₹5 cheaper.
- Drive scooters/motorcycles/cars starting at the age of 12.
- Take the above vehicles on the Gedi Route in the evenings & weekends.
- Call Discos and clubs as “disc”.
- Those who cannot afford clubbing, drink with friends in the car (Also applicable to West Delhi boys).
- Brag about which discos in South Delhi they have visited.
- Even if you are from Mohali/Panchkula/Zirakpur, tell people you are from Chandigarh. I myself have been guilty of this.
- If you stay in Chandigarh, look down on the people from Mohali/Panchkula/Zirakpur.
- If you go to one of the Catholic Boys Schools (St. Johns, St. Anne’s), look down at kids from the other schools.
- Casually throw around the name of Le Corbusier to visitors.
- Make out with girls in your car, parked in the narrow unpaved road behind the lake.
- Always know influential people via someone’s father or uncle. For events, ask these people for free passes, because Chandigarh Boys don’t pay for shit. Also pull favours when caught by police for traffic/underage drinking violations.
- On Sundays go to pray at Nada Sahib or Mansa Devi to absolve yourselves of the sins of the week; organize “bhandaras” if sins are especially serious.
- When asked where they are from, answer with “The City Beautiful” as if the entire country/world is familiar with this phrase.
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