So what are some unique things about Dil walo ki Dilli? Well, here are some … all jumbled up one below the other!
Aggression in every walk of life – speaking, living, spending and loving!
Straightforward and direct talk (coupled with lot of slang – can’t mention those peculiar ones here) on issues where ‘self respect’ is at stake.
Friendliness for strangers. The ‘yaar’ way of interacting with outsiders.
‘O Ji’ and ‘Haan Ji‘ that comes out of respect and need for respect in many ways.
Constant concern to avoid ‘be-izzati’ by someone.
Pride and prejudice about ‘Yeh Dilli Ke Log’.
“Tu janata nahi hai mein kon hu” … for every small fight that crops up due to non-compromising attitude.
Unconcerned behavior (public places) …‘Chalta hai bhai’
The ‘metro’, CP, DU, JNU …related chats.
Typical use of ‘Bhai-Sahab‘ during arguments.
The use of suffix ‘yo’ for Hindi words… kariyo, dediyo, le-jaiyo.
‘Oye‘ for all types of exclamations and surprises.
Dal-Makhni, Aloo Ke Parathe, Butter Chicken, Chole-Kulche and Lassi.
Then there are Taus from Haryana, Bhayyas from U.P. and Bihar, Papaji from Punjab and other people from neighboring places who add their own flavors to the taste of Delhi.
Some think they are shrewd, some think they live with show-baazi and for some they appear to be unsophisticated. But for me its a place which homes the decisive and brave, loud yet determined and tricky but intelligent species of planet earth.
Dil Se likha hai ji.