KARACHI: What makes Pakistan special? We have beautiful beaches and spectacular mountains; we have fruit orchards and mineral reserves; but what makes Pakistan stand out is not all that, it’s the people. Pakistanis are undoubtedly one of the most diverse and entertaining populations in the world.
From villagers to modern “burger” elites, from patriotic cricket-lovers to confused desis, from veteran war heroes to “Pindi boys”, we have them all and we love them all. Here are 9 kinds of Pakistanis we come across every day:
1. Rishta aunties
It seems like rishta aunties run the society in Pakistan. No matter where you go, they are bound to be lurking around ‘hunting’ for potential rishtas. They have no interest in anything but matchmaking — of their children, grandchildren, or any unmarried person they see.
They can often be heard saying, “Oh your daughter graduated, but isn’t married yet? I’ll find a good guy for her!”
2. Perpetual complainers
“Why is the weather here so bad all the time?”, “Uff, so much traffic. When will this road get fixed?”, “Look at the kachra on the road. Eww!” are some of the small rants you will hear from such people. They complain about literally everything – one year abroad and think they are officially goras forced to live here.
Their patriotism can only be seen when Pakistan is playing a cricket match against India.
3. Vehshi Boyz
They are not just restricted to Pindi, you will find these boys in every city in Pakistan. They take everything to the next level – be it spiky hair or ripped jeans.
Famous for riding their bikes like they are in a remake of Dhoom, these guys are more filmy than Indian heroes and strive to get their heroines.
4. The burgers
Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Charles and Keith – they have every brand in their wardrobes, but you’ll still find them bargaining at Zainab market since Sunday bazaar is no more.
Fully dressed with matching accessories even for 8 am classes at university, they always own the latest in fashion, cars and gadgets. Their ‘parties’ mimic nightclubs in foreign countries since the poor souls don’t have any clubs here and have to recreate the experience on their own.
5. Pakistan ki jaans
Pakistan ki shaan, Pakistan ki jaan – those who are making the country proud every day. This includes famous celebrities, the cricket team, the soldiers, the laureates, the mazdoors – all those people who genuinely care for the country.
Thank you for your services, we love you.
6. Waderay ka beta
Big cars, bigger cars following, a couple of police mobiles and guards – these are the flashy people of Pakistan whose parents are influential government officers. The laws don’t apply to them and they consider themselves to be above everyone else.
7. Drama queens
Taking selfies every other minute and throwing tantrums over the tiniest of things, the drama queens take everything too seriously.
They will try everything just to fit in with their friends – from beauty products to ensembles. They love dancing, especially at mehndi functions, and provide entertainment to everyone watching.
The dada/dadis and nana/nanis are the cutest. They make sure never to let you go hungry or broke. For every daawat, they have interesting stories from the times when they were young and they never get tired of telling them. Some pamper their grandchildren more than parents, and some are stricter than parents, but are equally cherished by all.
9. Mummy-daddy kids
A big chunk of our generation consists of mummy-daddy kids, a typical Pakistani term for innocent kids who take their parents’ permission for everything they do.
One missed call from their mother sends shivers down their spine, no matter how old they are. Late-night hang outs and sleepovers are strictly forbidden and any disobedience leads to them being deprived of even the little privileges they were allowed before, along with chittars of course.
Well, the best thing about Pakistanis is that they can have a good time no matter what the circumstances are.
We are the most loving, caring, and welcoming people (good-looking and talented too) and despite these over-arching categories, each one of us is unique.
I’m proud to be a Pakistani, are you?