I am from Ahmedabad but how the heck does it make me 10 times cooler?

Few days back this caught my eye on Facebook for some of my facebook friends had ‘liked’ it!! Yes, this is a page titled ‘I am from ahmedabad so it makes me look 10 times more cooler!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂’ Now what came in my head (apart from the poor grammar of the guy who created the page) just after reading this?? ‘Are you bloody kidding me?’. Ahmedabad and cool used in the same sentence!!
Seriously, hailing from Ahmedabad makes you cooler? And that too 10 times to top it off? If it was used for cities like Bombay or Bangalore then I might have agreed but Ahmedabad? It might be true probably in comparison with Porbandar, Mundra, Vapi, Mehsana and such small towns of Gujarat but overall if you compare it with real ‘cities’ in this country then ask anyone, it’ll be pooh pooh-ed! And here are the reasons why…
But before that, don’t get me wrong here, I don’t really hate Ahmedabad but having lived in it for such a long time I had a hard time to digest that some people, like this ‘poor grammar’ guy and 773 other misguided souls think that Ahmedabad is cool! And yes, being from Ahmedabad by default gives me the right to blabber about what’s wrong with it or rather, why it isn’t cool.

  • The city gets shut down by 11 PM!
    I remember my summer job days at the call centre in night shift! When hunger struck us way late in the night, there used to be no decent place to get something worth eating. So if one is hungry at night, one has to go either to those dingy (but amazing, not just for the taste but also because here you come across as civilized as opposed to the backdrop) lanes of Manek Chowk and Bhatiyar Gulley in the old city or one of those 24 hrs expensive coffee shops in 5 star hotels. And no, it’s not because the restaurants and other commercial establishments are bound by law to close this early, there is even a state government law which was passed a year ago that allows restaurants to remain open till 1 AM but it’s not followed, imagine the plight of hungry corporate crowd who work till late evenings… So it’s like the culture of the city to shut down so early! Probably coz according to Ahmedabad, anything that happens at night is wrong! But yes, the extremely conservative Gujarat comes alive during those 9 nights of Navratri when the city functions well past midnight and the opposite sexes mingle on the dance floor while doing the garba dance.
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  • Where’s the nightlife?
  • This is because of the no booze policy of Gujarat state. Naturally, what’s the use of a discotheque where alcohol doesn’t flow, once there was one named ‘Escape’ on the outskirts (Gandhinagar to be particular) which was open for public every Saturday night, then it got shut in few years of its functioning because of this ridiculous policy, hence you guessed it correctly, now there are none except those within malls where private parties are held, specially for college kids (where sharp at 10 they turn off the music and rudely tell you to move out). Also this is the reason which better explains the above point of closing down too early, I mean there is nothing to do outdoors for most of the people at night. Also ridiculous it is that one can’t have dinner and drink anywhere in the city or sip chilled beer after a hard day’s work. It’s funny how the people of Ahmedabad (and Gujarat as whole) have this mentality since their childhood that drinking is nothing but sin, sin and sin. Never never drink or you are a sinner. Sick! But again double standards, bootlegging is flourishing because of these people only!
    I sometimes envy my school friends who stay outside the state. The city is like the worst place for youngsters to grow! And as expected, Gujarat fares poorly in social development. After all this our CM Modi says at ‘Pravasi Bhatratiya Divas’ in Jaipur that come to Gujarat and you’ll get everything… Hahha!
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  • Oh, and the meat’s missing too…
    Non Veg is a taboo here, I’m a foodie so this concerns me. In Ahmedabad (and Gujarat as whole) majority of the population is vegetarian. Hence in almost all of the restaurants you won’t find even basic chicken to eat, forget lamb, mutton, beef, seafood and pork (I particularly avoid pork at most unreliable places because who knows they might serve you black pig, but Domino’s pepperoni is good). Heck you don’t even get eggs at departmental stores or super markets and the store owner gives you a look as if you’re asking for some illegal drug.
    Now, since last 2 months we have one KFC store at AlphaOne mall in the city which was opened amidst much drama and brouhaha by the local residents living near the mall. Yes, it was because a non veg restaurant (O Blimey!) was being set up near their locality and they had to oppose it even though the store was indoor at a corner on the third floor of the mall out of their sight, for you see they respect the value of life! It’s a part of the food chain for goodness’ sake and moreover it’s better to eat meat than to shamelessly vote a mass murderer as chief minister and then talk about the value of life. Also if they don’t want to eat then it’s OK, don’t enter the store but why the heck are they moral policing by acting like RSS, Bajrang Dal, ShivSena etc. by opposing it and depriving others! They need to learn to be reasonable and not try and force their beliefs on others. It is 21st century and we live in a multi-cultural world. No need to be so uptight about their beliefs. There are Billions other  in the world besides them. (Poor Social Development justified)
  • Anyway, KFC doesn’t advertise its store anywhere in the city in order to prevent the further wrath of the locals. And to respect the so called ‘local sensitivities’, the store has separate kitchens (just like McDonald’s here), counters and uniforms (green and red) for the first time in the world for staff serving veg and non veg items. But goodness bless the person who took the franchise.
    OK, so no complaining about chicken but what if sometimes I feel like having mutton or lamb or steak? No option again but Bhatiyar Gulley, Khamasa and La Bella in the evening. Oh yes, if you’re a (rare) non vegetarian in this city then please try Bhatiyar Gulley’s Sheekh kebabs and La Bella’s beef fry/cutlets.
    Even the Marriott group’s 5 star hotel in the city has a fully vegetarian restaurant. The city even boasts of world’s first fully veg Pizza Hut! In weddings too here the fare is fully vegetarian unless you’re invited to a Muslim one. In short you’ll die searching for non veg food unless you know where to look for which not many people are aware of. And if you’re not of the types to eat street side food then go to Tomato’s, Barbeque Nation or Mirch Masala for some scrumptious chicken based delicacies for we don’t have a choice of International restaurant chains like Nando’s, T.G.I.Fridays etc.
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  • You don’t get quality music
    Feel like beginning your morning with something energetic like David Guetta, LMFAO etc. or end your day with some soothing classics or Jazz on radio, then this city is not for you, for all you get on radio is Bollywood numbers, the kinds of Munni and Sheila and some Gujarati speaking Radio Jockeys with banal shows, lame jokes, corny music and unintelligent content. Even a city like Chennai has a 24X7 English radio station but not Ahmedabad for if they come up with such stations they will have to shut shop in less than a month for the audience in this city prefers the same bollywood crap and sick content, I remember when Ahmedabad’s first radio station Radio Mirchi was launched in 2001, it used to play international content at a certain time of the day, later gradually it reduced the time and in less than a year of its launch it was completely terminated! Because of this I have to resort to online radio every morning, Virgin Radio Dubai to be particular to kick start my day.
    Even the live music scene of the city is awful, so if you feel like attending some regular quality gig, then drive down to Gandhinagar to listen to the amazing Purple Flower or sit at home and watch ‘Friends’ repeats to kill time.
    It’s true, to check whether a city is happening or not, see if it houses a Hard Rock cafe, and yes Ahmedabad doesn’t not just because of No Booze policy but it wouldn’t survive amongst the local population who once again don’t prefer the kind of music and Live Shows HRC puts forward.
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  • People
  • No, there is nothing wrong with the people. In fact Gujaratis in general, personally, are most welcoming towards outsiders. They are just tad too conservative. Ahmedabad is a mega city (self proclaimed) and is growing fast but the mentality of the people is not following the pace. The reason why people from outside call Ahmedabad a small town is because of this.
    The people (in general) here are business minded which again is a great thing and they play a major role in the growth of the city, but they tend to look down upon you if you’re not in some business, i.e. people respect you more in business than service, even though the business is in something like textiles and stuff. I have a classic example of this, there’s a guy I know, an acquaintance, who is computer engineer by education but is now involved in some plumbing business with one of his relative. The reason being his dad (educated one at that, a retired high court judge) wanted him to stay in Ahmedabad and earn some respect for his family by being independent in business than working for MNCs in South! So, entire years of turmoil while studying engineering gone in waste just to end up to do plumbing business!! Apart from wasting one seat, it’s gross!
    Not to mention, no opportunities in Ahmedabad and Gujarat for the educated, talented and smart who do not have family businesses, they have to leave the state for other parts of the country and the world; clear brain drain, no wonder you might have noticed that many NRIs are from Gujarat!
    Also the neighbors tend to poke their noses in other’s affairs, Before you tell, let me say that I agree with you that you can get such neighbors anywhere, but this trait I’ve seen particularly more in this city. The neighbors just don’t know how to mind their own business. I have stayed in Bombay and Delhi too for a short time and seen the neighbors of Bangalore, most of the neighbors there don’t even know each other and those who know are not over friendly. I’m not saying that one should not have any relations across the fence, it should be but within a limit and it shouldn’t be annoying and over friendly enough to breach your privacy.
    And what surprises me the most is how these nosey neighbors come up with ridiculous conclusions about you. For example, if you speak flawless English without any vernacular accent and listen to loud ‘Angreji’ music every morning, neighbors conclude that you’re arrogant and don’t respect elders. If you have invited a female friend at home and the neighbor’s eye catches this, the whispers begin.
  • Another example of conservative culture, I had read it in the print sometime back that a tattoo artist in a posh area of the city had to get the manequins displaying his designs at his shop covered for as the people living nearby complained that they were ‘nude’! Now how the heck would a tattoo artist show his designs with a clothed dummy is beyond my understanding!
  • And particularly after 2002, the people here have indifferent towards Muslims, they call their ‘ghettos’ as mini Pakistan, Muslims even have problem getting rented accommodations in most parts of the city! I have an example from my dad’s apartment which is usually given for rent, once he had decided to rent it out to a Muslim single guy, educated one at that, working in a corporate, but the people in the building had raised objections that they don’t want a Muslim living there, after much explaining them that the guy’s an educated English speaking Muslim they agreed! Thus the intolerance towards Muslims is obvious in Ahmedabad. Here, it’s not enough that a landlord wants to rent his apartment to someone. The committee that oversees the apartment building also has to approve of whoever will be living there. Also if you’re single and non vegetarian, you face such problems here. Where the bachelor lives, there the orgy follows; this is the great fear!

You see, I could go on about the laidback work culture, Hollywood movies getting frequently cancelled due to lack of audience etc. too. And once again, I don’t hate this city, in fact I’m proud of it’s heritage places but now you see why I couldn’t digest Ahmedabad being linked to cool, that too 10 times!! Whatever the city may be but it isn’t ‘cool’!

PS-More posts in ‘Wandering Through Ahmedabad’ series coming soon…

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62 responses to “I am from Ahmedabad but how the heck does it make me 10 times cooler?

  1. I would agree with you had I been from “class”.I am a middle class person and I do not need night life or booze to enjoy.I can still enjoy with my family going to a multiplex and eating out.

    Most of the Gujaratis are Vegetarians so am I.But I never had any problem with non vegetarians. But if some company opens non veg store in a Veg majority area then it is bound to get opposition like what KFC got.

    No one can compare any city of India with any other. There is no rule that every city of India must be in line with Delhi,Mumbai or Bangalore. Ahmedabad has its own class and taste and they will and must remain like that. Other cities have discotheques let them have, Gujaratis in general do not care about it and being business-minded people we will never invest in discotheques which will bring us loss. When I went to Kolkata for first time I had to search a lot for a veg hotel. So its normal some one form one kind of city can not find the same thing in other city he or she is travelling. But I never complained about Kolkata in fact I started loving that city.

    We are now metropolitan city,we are not claiming it, central government has officially given us the status because we are more then 50 lakh people living in Ahmedabad.

    So all in all it is easy to bash a city if you do not get things of your comfort but it is hard to submerge your self in to the habits of locals. Regarding your potshot on some one’s English, its common now a days to make fun of some one who doesn’t have good grip over the language just because you do not agree with his/ her viewpoint . But main thing is that you still understood what he/she wanted to explain, that’s good enough right?

    So whether you like it or want to be here or not Ahmedabad is cool and will remain cool for us the Ahmedabadis and we care a damn about those people who criticize us for patty reasons given in your blog.

    Thanks a lot.

    • First of all thanks a lot Mr. Chhaya for taking out your time to read and comment on the blog. 🙂
      To be frank, I had expected responses like yours from Ahmedabadians while penning this post down!

      Well, the question is not about being classy or from middle class, sure one can enjoy going out for movies and eating out, but in Ahmedabad, that’s all we have on the name of entertainment! The urbane crowd with cash to spare needs something more than just movies and food which Ahmedabad doesn’t offer!

      Agreed most Gujaratis are vegetarians but does this justify their opposing a KFC store’s opening, I am re quoting the lines from the post above which is the appropriate reply for this:
      “The store was indoor at a corner on the third floor of the mall out of their sight. If they don’t want to eat then it’s OK, don’t enter the store but why the heck are they moral policing by acting like RSS, Bajrang Dal, ShivSena etc. by opposing it and depriving others! They need to learn to be reasonable and not try and force their beliefs on others. It is 21st century and we live in a multi-cultural world. No need to be so uptight about their beliefs. There are Billions other in the world besides them”

      I never said that that every city of India must be in line with Delhi,Mumbai or Bangalore! And I haven’t ‘bashed’ Ahmedabad, I have simply put my perspective about some facts of Ahmedabad in my words, for others it might differ but none of it is such that you’ll find incorrect!
      In fact I love the old city of Ahmedabad, it’s full of wonders, if I disliked Ahmedabad I wouldn’t do this series
      https://kstreetjournal.wordpress.com/category/wandering/
      more posts to come there soon…

      And once again, I don’t hate Ahmedabad, I just find it too boring for me, that’s it!
      Thank you once again for dropping by! I appreciate positive criticism on my bog! 🙂

  2. Huh! You’re Just another teenage wannabe who thinks hes an intellectual yet to be discovered! You should be sent to Bombay for real taste! Sab charbi utar jayegi!!

    • Thank you for your comment Mrs. Gandhi. It’s amusing to see how you came to an improper conclusion about me! I am not surprised at all at such rude response, baseless allegation and cheap language from you looking at your traits and ideologies on twitter! Expected! 🙂
      Teenage wannabe? Well, I have crossed that teenage threshold long time ago and I have a corporate job, so please!
      About Bombay, I have lived in that city and I know it very well, it’s like my second home and I’ve had the ‘taste’ of it!
      And about the points I have written in the post, I don’t think any of it is incorrect, the manner in which I have portrayed the facts is my perspective, for others the perspective might differ, like the comment above yours, but not any of the points are such that you’ll find false!
      Anyway, thanks for dropping by and taking out your time to read it! I appreciate positive criticism on my blog! 🙂

  3. Then why the hell u gotta stay out of this?
    Only boozing and nonveg is all about? U know u r looking so jealous of ahmedabad, thats why u have lost ur mind..

    • hahaha jealous! seriously are you nuts madam? jealous of what? daabeli? fafda? khichhoo? I agree with author that this city is so boring! but cheers to you people, you guys are very humble and welcoming! Thanks for that! Now you’ll ask why we come here? situations madam that are not in our control.

  4. Sir, read your view point. You have to understand the pyche of the people
    1- Gujaratis (my self inculded) are a pretentious lot.
    They want to do everything but have a plausible denial.

    Point and case- Serving alcohol on flights was banned after gujaratis used to OD on the drinks and create a ruckus
    Alcohol sales here are higher than MP,Rajasthan,etc

    Good nonveg food- Wont eat and wont let you eat, because this is a democracy, ok, have some “snakes” instead..

    As for entertainment- gourmet paradise’s like municpal market, law garden are there..go eat there or go to watch a movie or just go for a drive have a gola or high fat ice cream…eat a paan…go home…shag your wife not girlfriend and keep it down.. Shag noises are not gujarati…..

    Ahmedabad- it used to be a great city 15/20 years ago. Now you cannot distinguish it from any overcrowded asian city. Average to say the most.

    Agree with all your other points…must say you have hit a cord…

    • Hey Dave!
      First of all thanks for commenting.
      I like your sense of humor and the way you have took what’s written above sportingly for most of the Gujaratis or Ahmedabadians who have read it are left fuming, (see the comments above yours :D)!
      Just hope that Ahmedabadians (or what they prefer to call themselves ‘Amdavadis’) realize their double standards and hypocrisy, then in a true sense Ahmedabad would be called a mega city!

  5. Hi,

    Came here after you sent me the link on Twitter. THANKS for writing this.

    When I first came here after my wedding, I didn’t expect anything out of the city. I was blinded by the love of the man I had married. Soon enough, the more number of days I spent here, the more claustrophobic I began to feel.

    1. Within one month of living in Ahmedabad, people wanted to know why I wasn’t speaking in Gujarati yet? I had married a Patel boy (me being a non-Patel, UP origin gal who was brought up in Hyderabad for most of my life). I was expected to pick up Gujarati so quickly. Now I can speak four Indian languages, two of them being South Indian but it did take me time. Likewise, I did pick up Gujarati and it isn’t very fluent yet but people dont miss an opportunity to make fun of my Gujju :-/

    2. Non Veg – I’ve had trouble finding a decent Non veg meal here. Probably because I don’t have someone who’d give me company to eat a non-veg meal. And being from Hyderabad, a city known for its delicious non veggie cuisine, everything falls flat in comparison for me. No fault ot Amdavad, but I do hope they have better outlets since I find a lot of people eat Non-veg here (secretly).

    3. Dry state – I love my alcohol. I’m 26 now and I’ve been a social drinker since I was 22. I’ve sat down and had alcohol with my dad and his friends. I see no harm in occassional drinking as long as one is within their limits. But if I tell people here that I drink, I get a “What kind of woman is this?” look from people. A lot of people can’t seem to accept the fact that women too can drink. And there is nothing wrong with it.

    4. Ignorance – The one thing that irks me about this city is the amount of ignorance people have of the outside world. Those who have traveled must be knowing about other cities. I have some colleagues who asked me what kind of city Hyderabad is. When I tell them it was once a beautiful city but has now become too big and crowded, they immediately go “Like Ahmedabad?” How do I convey it subtly that the city is almost 5 times more crowded than Ahmedabad? Beats me. Every south Indian language is “indar pandar” for them, which I find obnoxious.

    Also, while we’re on ignorance, when I say education is much more competitive in South, they won’t believe me. They think I’m just being too arrogant. Maybe I am. But all I am trying to get at is, I dont find the thirst in people to learn about other people and cultures. Living in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore, I found that people wanted to know about others, what they had studied and where they had studied. Communication was built up on the basis of those first few bits of information and was mostly on generic topics, rather than Food recipes and intimate details about family and bank balances as I have found after coming here. Never has anyone before asked me so directly about what my CTC is and how much my husband earns. And this has not been a one off incident. Everytime I meet someone new, they ask me if I’m working and what my salary is. WITHOUT FAIL. I feel very put off by that.

    5. Home- We’ve been on a lookout for a home since I got married here. But that has been such a herculean task. If the area is good, the price is too high. If the price is alright, “It must be in a muslim dominated area”. Our every decision on new home is determined by the proximity of the muslims living close by. Or “mix public” as my in laws say. I wasnt here during the 2002 riots and I cannot say about the suffering of either side – who started, who deserved. I just know it was very wrong. But the ghosts of those events are never going to die. I lived in a muslim dominated area in hyderabad for a good 15 years of my life, with our family being one of the 4 Hindu families living in an area with 1500 odd muslims. We never faced any problem, despite our house being right behind a major mosque. I have many muslim friends and I fear to talk about them here coz each time I mention their name in any conversation, I get a “Oh! Mohammedian hai?”

    Having said all this, I too do not hate this city. I fell in love with a man who lived here his entire life and yet wants to get out of here because he feels this isn’t a city where he’d want his children to grow up. But until that happens, I’m here for good and trying to find reasons to fall in love with this city.

    • Hi acjdiaries,
      First of all thank you for taking out your time and commenting! 🙂
      I can say that I totally and fully identify with all the points you have stated above.
      1. Gujarati! Tell me about it! Even I am not a fluent Gujarati speaker but many people here start talking with you in Gujarati by default, not taking into consideration that you might not be comfortable with it! But there is one good point that they don’t consider you indifferent if you don’t know Gujarati as per my experience unlike in South Indian cities.
      2. Non Veg- Yes, the non veg food scene is kind of pathetic here but I can suggest you few good places for non veg food frequented by the ‘alternate’ Ahmedabad crowd, there is a street in the old city named ‘Bhatiyar Gully’ near Manek Chowk or Jama Mosque where you can get variety of scrumptious delicacies. Also there is a place called La Bella in Khanpur run by a good natured Christian Auntie serving home style food at very economical rates, here I have written about it.
      https://kstreetjournal.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/wandering-through-ahmedabad6-la-bella/
      Hope you get some company very soon so that you can enjoy these places! 🙂
      3. Dry State-You stated that people here can’t seem to accept the fact that women can’t drink socially but you might be surprised to know that it is even frowned upon for men. When I told some local college friends how I enjoy my drinks when I am out of Gujarat they tag me as a ‘darudiyo’ (gujju for drunkard). But there are many people who secretly drink here and because of them the bootlegging industry is literally flourishing.
      4.Ignorance-You rightly stated, they don’t want to know what’s going outside in the world, I am reminded of a Hindi saying ‘kuve ke mendhak’ which completely identifies with this situation.
      About your point on education not being competitive, I can say that not just competitive, it lacks in quality too. Here you can see many kids studying in English medium schools can’t even speak English correctly. This reminds me that my 3 year old niece who lives in Bangalore speaks quite reasonable English, had she been in Ahmedabad she’d have not got to learn spoken English at school so early.
      Also agree that when two people meet here, their conversations lack intellect, you have cited the incident of people asking for your CTC, I am reminded that when I got placed through my college, the first thing people (particularly the aunties) asked after listening it was the ‘package’ and not what kind of company it is, what kind of work I am gonna do, all they understand is money! Also I can’t tell them on their face that it’s rude to ask to a person how much he earns! 😀
      5. I think it’s coz of the polity, I mean people here vote for BJP, they are bound to be non secular! I have discussed enough about this issue on my blog, can’t say anything more! For this discrimination and hatred of Ahmedabadians towards Muslims I’d suggest you to read this article! Explains it all!
      http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=11&contentid=2012022820120228205919604a73e3247

      Having said all this, I can say that I am glad to be leaving Ahmedabad soon!

      • Oh my God. So true. Its like you’ve literally taken the words from my mouth and put them into words. Keep thinking I’m going to go into depression living here.

  6. This city sucks. Bad food, zero hygiene, people have enormous disrespect to muslims and even non-gujarati hindu cultures, they are mannerless, they cannot be trusted at all, the city is literally dead.

  7. Thanks for your frank opinion of Ahmedabad. I didn’t like it much either(when I was a resident till 2008) But live in a small town somewhere in Tamil Nadu (like Vellore,Tindivanam or Villupuram) for a year. You’ll start praising Ahmedabad as a wonderful city. I experienced this when I moved to Vellore for a college education. Atleast Ahmedabad has malls and multiplexes-there’s nothing of that sort in Vellore. please read this blog post http://ajaykishoreblog.blogspot.in/2012/07/culture-shock-ahmedabad-and-bangalore.html Truly,there’s no place like the city you’re born or brought up in-it tends to grow on you.

  8. Can’t believe I’m going to write this. But I like ahmedabad. Only city which I have ever called home.
    Just like a family is nothing but it’s members. A city is nothing but the sum of it’s constituents. I suppose your issue is not so much the city but the people, perhaps it doesn’t agree with your views. That’s okay, there are worse things out there.

    Till then, Listen to this wiseman’s lyrics and take solace in them. I often do.

  9. I really hate my parent’s decision towards settling down in this “peaceful” shithole called Ahmedabad. They didn’t know any better of course, back as they fell for the so-called laidback culture of this place, and since a lot of our money is invested in property here plus I have a job and can’t change my career for at least 1-2 years, I’ll remain stuck in these gay surroundings for quite some time. Yes, Ahmedabad is a big sprawling city and I like some of the infrastructure here like 24×7 availability of electricity. I think in Bangalore Chennai Hyderabad etc. you have frequent power cuts. Also the city is rather well-connected, you can travel all over the place in less than 30 mins and avoid traffic jams, havinga personal vehicle makes your life easy.

    But you’re right on almost every thing you mentioned, this city sucks donkey balls when it comes to having a real life and meaning. People here become old very soon, both by physical appearance and mentality-wise. I’m only 27 and already feel like I’m 56 or something because I’m surrounded by boring people who I don’t connect with in any way. And you’re right, the very synonym of pleasure is SIN here….you eat non-veg, you’ve sinned; you drink alcohol, you’ve sinned, you mix freely with girls, you’ve sinned. What utter crap really! Even the girls here (i.e. the good ones) like to stay indoors because they fear that people will judge them for mixing freely with boys. They may wear Western clothes, speak English etc. but are totally lifeless because of the conservative culture. Take these same girls to the drinking destinations like Abu and they will behave so lewdly. In my opinion, this is what social repression does to you as an individual. The denizens of this great mega city are all suffering from many types of social repression, and freaks like you and me don’t really fit in here because of our deviant lifestyles.

    Yes buddy, we need our alcohol and I don’t want you to pass snide remarks while I’m enjoying my drink. Yes, we like to have sex with willing girls when they make consent, yes we invite girls to our apartment and that’s not reason enough to be kicked out.

    And anyone who thinks I hate Gujaratis don’t be stupid. Some of my best friedns are Gujarati but they live in Mumbai or Pune etc. I think the denizesn of Ahmedabad deserve to be put in a separate category; it’s a new breed, a new race of lifeless, soulless, brain dead individuals whose life karma is only to earn money, and not enjoy with it. And they’re everywhere around you, it’s hard to ignore them even if you try. The restaurants in Ahmedabad suck donkey balls and most of them serve sub-standard fare. Even the non-veg here generally sucks.

    If Ahmedabad were a small city the size of Anand or Bhavnagar I wouldnt complain. That’s what you expect out of small cities. But the fact that this city is today the 5th largest in India and a self-proclaimed cosmo place makes the comparison idiotic.

    Even the non-Gujaratis living in Ahmedabad who have been here all their lives are crap, they’re really like frogs in the well. I have to attend the marriage of one such idiot tomorrow, I’m dreading it. I dread socializling wiith anyone in this shithole. I hate this culture of repression. I need my booze right now.

    • “And anyone who thinks I hate Gujaratis don’t be stupid. Some of my best friedns are Gujarati but they live in Mumbai or Pune etc.”

      ^The fallacy, or rather the idiosyncrasy, of the above quoted statement lies in its logical construct. It’s the same as saying the following: “I don’t hate Africans, some of my best friends are Black–but, you see, they live in other localities where there is still a modicum of convenient access to X and Y, making them denizens of places that I, personally and arbitrarily, deem to be valid.” Just from reading your “Ahmedabad sucks” reply, it’s easy to notice obvious anti-Gujarati undertones, cushioned under a veneer that tries to make the futile point that it’s blaming a city while the core contentions are rather ethno-linguistic and socio-cultural in nature, not that “Ahmedabad sucks” in its entirety. Let’s look at another gem, shall we?

      “I think the denizesn of Ahmedabad deserve to be put in a separate category; it’s a new breed, a new race of lifeless, soulless, brain dead individuals whose life karma is only to earn money, and not enjoy with it. And they’re everywhere around you, it’s hard to ignore them even if you try.”

      ^…this is pretty much akin to being confined in a closet filled with bees and lamenting the fact that they would not stop stinging you. In other words, it’s an appeal born from circumstances you can’t really control. It’s illogical to suggest that one finds it hard to ignore residents of a place whose makeup they constitute as its majority. Of course, they will be “everywhere around you”. How in the world can that be so difficult to understand? Moving on, you mention, or rather assert, the idea of Amdavadis not enjoying the money they earn. What is the qualifier that you utilize to conclude that they are not enjoying the money they earn? Furthermore, how does it make them “brain-dead”? And how is it there “life-karma”? If by enjoyment you mean the following…

      “I hate this culture of repression. I need my booze right now.”

      ^I believe Alcoholics Anonymous has made inroads into the horrid and repressed city of Ahmedabad (note: here, I concede my use of sarcasm). You could surely start from there, I believe. Using the term, “need”, is alarming, however. Sure, I enjoy bourbon every now and then while devouring lamb stew. But you really need your booze? And right now, too? Desperation’s a bitch, ain’t it?

  10. Gujjus are a dumb lot….there’s a reason Television and movies portray Gujjus as simplistic and stupid though somewhat earthly and practical. Watch Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah or any other mainstream TV serial portraying Gujjus, the only thing they do is laugh at stupid PJs which noone else understands or finds funny. Now there may be an odd Gujju rocket scientist in NASA or some Gyanpith award-winning Gujju intellectual, or maybe someone like Mallika Sarabhai (half Southie genes btw, and the other half is Vikram Sarabhai!!), but these gifted Gujjus are indeed a very rare species. Maybe like 1% of the population at best.

    I once gave all my Gujju colleagues in Ahmedabad an online IQ test, most of them scored between 100 and 107, the absolutely hopeless guys and girls scored between 95 and 100, some of them dropping out midway as they found the verbal section too intimidating. There were two of them who crossed the 110 barrier and one who reached 120. While as per IQ assessment criteria, these low scores are not really considered dumb, and may be seen as fairly intelligent, but let us remember these people were representing the elite corporate workforce of Ahmedabad and have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. What does that say about your average Gujju person? In Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore or Delhi, most of the lower IQ ones I met don’t stand a chance to work even in the front desk, let alone as higher ranked executives and managers. Yes buddy competition is tough outside “La La land” Ahmedabad.

    I always used to appreciate Gujjus for their silent demeanour, it’s a good behavioral characteristic when those around you don’t ask stupid questions, but guess what the real reason is, these people stay quiet so they don’t expose their ignorance before you, something they are fully conscious of.

    Now you understand why the man on the street in Ahmedabad turns out such a dumb, irritating idiot. He may be cunning enough to scam you out of your hard-earned money (usually by manipulating your emotions) but there’s a good chance he has never heard of Shakespeare or John Milton, cannot participate in a rational argument involving logic and analytical ideas or crack an entrance exam. The best response by any Gujju in a debate is resorting to ad hominem attacks, usually driven by passionate off-the-cuff remarks, that too when they have a big group to back them.

    LOL spend enough time among these Gujjus, their lack of intelligence will start rubbing off on you. That’s why, if you have more than a few brain cells remaining and still live in Ahmedabad, run as fast as you can. Like I said, the best and brightest among Gujjus have already left Gujjuland, or are in the process of doing so. This is an irreversible process which will dumb down this place even further.

    • “Gujjus are a dumb lot….there’s a reason Television and movies portray Gujjus as simplistic and stupid though somewhat earthly and practical.”

      ^Ah, the wonders of utilizing media misrepresentation, bias, framing, and cultivation. Nonetheless, the assertion itself—that “Gujjus are a dumb lot”–speaks more to the ad-hominem articulated and to the “Bindass” nature of the diatribe than to the claim being made, a claim that has yet to be properly argued. Listen, speak freely…as much as you want. Being “Bindass” about things is usually representative of traditionally liberal values that cherish the free exchange of views and thoughts. However, when the act of being “Bindass” involves such a regressive claim, as the the one you make in the quoted post above, it acts as a blight upon discourse that could have had considerable merit, instead. Then there is the following (a personal favorite of mine, I should admit):

      “I once gave all my Gujju colleagues in Ahmedabad an online IQ test, most of them scored between 100 and 107, the absolutely hopeless guys and girls scored between 95 and 100, some of them dropping out midway as they found the verbal section too intimidating. There were two of them who crossed the 110 barrier and one who reached 120. While as per IQ assessment criteria, these low scores are not really considered dumb, and may be seen as fairly intelligent, but let us remember these people were representing the elite corporate workforce of Ahmedabad and have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. What does that say about your average Gujju person? In Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore or Delhi, most of the lower IQ ones I met don’t stand a chance to work even in the front desk, let alone as higher ranked executives and managers. Yes buddy competition is tough outside “La La land” Ahmedabad.”

      ^…I once had tea with a unicorn! How about that, eh? This would be a face-value post. A reader would be forced to acknowledge it only on its superficiality. Allow me to clarify: what I am implying is that conjuring up correlations that can’t be attested “Bindass-ly” by the reader is a sure way of damaging your post’s credibility. Apart from this, however, the racist attitude of your whole post is something that does not merit further exploration…and explication. And yes, we, as in Gujaratis, get it: we engage in repressive blood libels with dhokla-and-fafda-oil while tossing Shakespeare and Milton (by the way, Milton’s highly overrated, as are most aesthetics-inclined polemicists who are…critical–in the social sciences sense, of course) into a huge bonfire! But, seriously, to expect the average Gujarati to have read Shakespeare and Milton is absurdity at its finest.

      I should add, however, that what is more pathological is the assertion that Gujaratis can’t “participate in a rational argument involving logic and analytical ideas”…and when that assertion is psychoanalyzed, oh boy! Plus, I only bring the following up because you mention “rational argumentation”: Rational argumentative approaches vary, and they are far from just logical and analytic in construct–they also involve informal appeals as well as those of the formal, that of the ethical, and more. I guess what I am trying to say is that the paradigm you are using as a qualifier is falling short in attesting to the assertion that Gujaratis can’t participate in rational arguments, since rationality, itself, is contextual–and when socio-cultural realities arise, there goes the monolithic, not to mention objective, concept of rationality!

  11. I just emailed a copy of this to my parents who never seem to be accomodating about my hatred of Ahmedabad. All that you have written is so damn true. I could add a few paras myself. I don’t even have one Non-Gujju friend so my life is a joke. Thanks! Made me feel better and worse since I’m stuck there for another 5 years. :(((

    • Hey Ms Escapist,
      Thanks for the comment, I understand the frustrations of living in that city, I spent my college years, i.e. the best time of my life in Ahmedabad, though I’m not complaining but surely I could have enjoyed that age a lot more if I was in some other city!
      And now that I’ve moved out to Bombay, sadly we can’t be friends! 😛 But good luck for next 5 years, that’s all I can say!

      • I love your blog. Just reading similar thoughts makes me feel a zillion times better. Wish I’d have a real person to discuss these things with. Enjoy Bombay! Its a kick ass place! I love going there every few months! 🙂

  12. Why a mentality of an Indian is like this, guys n girls please! we all r Indians no matter where we live,what we eat n what we speak.Why don’t u look at the positive side.I don’t live in Ahmedabad,I m basically from Surat.Well all i wanna say is Ahmedabad,Surat,Chennai,Bangalore,Hyderabad,Delhi,Mumbai, n so on.. this all r the metropolitan cities of India. Its the reason Basically India is one of the Fastest developing Countries in the world. Ya Its tough to manage life in a new city especially when it doesn’t match your lifestyle but if u don’t like your surrounding Mind your own Business, people won’t keep talking about you if u Ignore once n for all, n about food,i know its important, but u can cook by yourself, n i m sure as u found some best places for non-veg food,,everyone can! and thing about gujju’s yaar see about television, its a mode of entertainment u should not judge people coz of that, there are many gujju families who r broadminded n educated, n there r many who r not too! but that doesn’t mean u disrespect each other,basically u r Indian, and if u go n look into small towns n villages u will find a lot more problems there. If u are living in Ahmedabad its means that u are there for some reason, you are earning there, or receiving education,so think that way, your Life can be designed as you want,no one is going to come into your life n interfere. At a side where many are facing problems in a metropolitan city also on another side many people are earning a lot in life, its not how it is! Its How u see it! If u learn to manage ,you can Live anywhere in the world. Instead of Complaining or Commenting, one should focus on Managing n Improving. If u want a better life, u Have to learn to Manage.

    And about Gujju’s dear some May have weak grammar,some even doesn’t know English, but they all know how to Manage their lives is the fastest developing Country of the world! In every Corner of the Country or the world you will find them Managing,earning n developing their life! Gujarat is Playing an important role in improving Economy of India. n Gujarati’s too! again i m saying that see things like an Indian. there are problems everywhere in the world dear. 🙂 Learn to Manage! 🙂

    • I will believe your words when you show some courage and accompany me to a non-veg restaurant next time when we go out for dinner, and not always vegetarian restaurant because it’s something YOU like, not me. Of course you can order vegetarian in a non-veg place (nobody will force you to eat non-veg) but it can never be reverse. The idea is to respect other’s choices and still treat them as friends. The problem with you Amdavadis is that if we do not adjust to your way of life, you will simply keep distance and blame us for not being friendly enough. The idea is to be flexible and accept other people for who they are, their culture, their mores are different and you are supposed to be appreciative and not suspicious of their intentions.

      If you don’t have flexibility to understand other cultures than your own, you have no right to preach. So you see most of us stuck in Ahmedabad have a genuine grievance which you localites fail to understand.

      Now go and bake some more khakhras.

      • I love gujratis. They are simple and loveable people, who have the balls to accept people from outside unlike the assholes in south. Though some the older lot is a bit reluctant and tend to discriminate but they are a limited few and on pressing with politeness, they also come to speaking hindi. On the other hand I have seen south indian people misbehaving and discriminating to a loathsome extent. Biharis, bengalis, marathis also are very cunning and inconsiderate. Though it will be wrong to generalize at this large a scale as good n bad coexist everywhere. But its the fact.

      • Oh, another structuralist argument! Now, I just have to ask: is that the only theoretical framework that professors teach ya’ll down there in Bharat? Wait, don’t even bother answering that. To be honest, please forget I even brought it up. The truth is, there is something much worse in your response to the poster named, Pia:

        “I will believe your words when you show some courage and accompany me to a non-veg restaurant next time when we go out for dinner, and not always vegetarian restaurant because it’s something YOU like, not me.”

        ^The logical construct, or simply just the construction, you have brought up is faulty to a high degree. Replace the above quoted portion with the following statement, which abides by the same logic: “I will believe your words when you show some courage and have sex with me not because it’s something you don’t like but because it’s something that I like”…replacing the “YOU like, not me” portion to harmonize the first independent clause of your quote. Here’s the thing: you don’t have any right to expect people to accompany you anywhere. Period. That’s a truism, and it’s as real as it’s going to get.

        “The idea is to respect other’s choices and still treat them as friends. The problem with you Amdavadis is that if we do not adjust to your way of life, you will simply keep distance and blame us for not being friendly enough. The idea is to be flexible and accept other people for who they are, their culture, their mores are different and you are supposed to be appreciative and not suspicious of their intentions.”

        ^Adjust to the Amdavadi way of life? As in, there is a monolithic Amdavadi way of living life? Holy smokes! Since when, pray tell? Joking aside, you are offering another appeal to adjusting to something that doesn’t seem practical. Instead, it just seems illogical…with slightly irrational undertones. Listen, wouldn’t the goal be to integrate properly? And if the locals don’t wish to accompany you to a non-veg restaurant, isn’t it their right not to? To expect them to conform to counter-reactionary reasoning seems problematic, both ideally speaking and realistically. And to expect appreciation for contrasting mores? Wha…? Is this Disneyland? Don’t you mean acknowledgement of contrasting mores? Because, again, no one owes you appreciation for being different.

        “If you don’t have flexibility to understand other cultures than your own, you have no right to preach. So you see most of us stuck in Ahmedabad have a genuine grievance which you localites fail to understand.

        Now go and bake some more khakhras.”

        ^…oh, the irony, misogyny, as well as the atrophy, of it all! Geez, Louise!

  13. I would love to settle in Ahmedabad…I have lived in Mumbai through out my life…and being from investment banking Industry don,t have many option other than Mumbai in India…Eagerly waiting for GIFT city to come up…I have seen nightlife deteriorating in Mumbai very badly…(if this is people here are craving for )…would anyday exchange my life in lokhandwala and Versova for Ahmedabad…All i see is despo people ogling in pub…wannabees thinking they can score other people Wife/GF…and beleive me even 50 year old checking out 16-18 year college girls with lusty eyes…LOL…only decent place left is Town,some parts of Bandra…and expensive lounges in Juhu….MH government is anyway making nightlife very expensive every year with huge taxes…in an economy which is on slippery slope…Since drunken driving is banned, people have to use ever increasing cost of public transport for commutation…I would agree about non-veg problem for northies in ahmedabad…but Mumbai nighlife is not that great…My advice to ahmedabadis is go to bangkok or Goa for 10 days for holiday in a year and enjoy… its VFM and much better fun…Mumbai nightlife sucks….Karoake thingy sucks even more…and pubs are getting crowd of bathroom singers galore only on Karaoke nights…now they are keeping 2 of them per week…otherwise pubs and lounges are not making business sense due to high start up cost and low traffic due to increase in price of booze…If things continue the same way…50% of pubs and lounges will be shut in few years…Given the shape of MH governments budget…I do feel they will continue with their inflationary policy on dining and drinking out….So my fellow Ahmedabadis, treasure what you have…it can only get better for you guys from here…but for Mumbaikars nightlife is going down…crowd is getting pathetic every day…and once your new age cities start to unfold…you will see half of decent mumbai shifting there…:-)

    • If you want to live in a soul-less place filled with people displaying silent pathological behavior even as you mistake them for “friends”, welcome to Ahmedabad! Do not complain when you eventually find out you have been cheated. Leaving Mumbai for Ahmedabad is like trading heaven for hell.

  14. Very nicely put. And Mrs. Gandhi’s comment is hilarious. 🙂
    Gujaratis are commendable lot but don’t know why lately my phone autocorrects Gujarati to guilty. 🙂

  15. I have recently moved to Ahmedabad and within a month I am bored as hell. I have no issues with the people here but I am unable to find anything but places to eat (a lot to eat) that this city has to offer. The first chance I get, I am getting out of here.

  16. Right now I’m craving a chicken coleslaw sandwich, a simple food that will just hit the spot on a lazy Sunday. But not a single restaurant in Ahmedabad serves this combination because guess what, noone orders it anyway! The only decent chicken sandwich restaurants are near Ellisbridge and I’m in faraway Western suburbs. That too they cost upwards of 200 rupees…in any other city of India, you can just walk down the road and have a chicken/mutton/fish sandwich or pasta for less than 80 rupees.

  17. Awesome post and awesome comments(some).. i was born and brought up here . Of late, after coming to college and having cousins coming in to ahmedabad (from mumbai or outside india), i am always lost in saying when they ask me about places to roam, food to eat(non veg), entertainment options after 11! Although, kankaria always remains on top of the list ( :\ ) but nothing after it. Eventually , it is only the masti that we do when we are together and nothing with what the city has given us to enjoy. .

  18. i am so sorry Mr writer but i beg to differ with your viewpoint. i am not a gujarati and neither am i a vegetarian and i still love Ahmedabad and would rate the best city that i have lived in and i have stayed in quite a number of cities. i have made some best of the friends here and discovered some real cool places unlike idiots like u and your friends. rather than cribbing which seems your favourite hobby, go find a life for yourself and one more thing go find better ways of releasing your frustration u poor soul !!!

  19. Dude for how long have u stayed in Ahmedabad?? Now coming to the topics that you have mentioned
    The city gets shut down by 11 – seriously? I guess you are talking about bangalore or some other city. Firstly there are place to eat or to just sit and chill whenever and whatever time you want to go. I’m guessing you are not a member of any club or something. Places are open after 12 you just need to know the proper places.
    Night life – now what night life are you exactly talking about?? Pubs and stuff right?? Is it necessary that you should have pubs or clubs to enjoy? Can’t you just roam around with friends or whom so ever. I have stayed in bangalore as well. The city gets shut down by 11 30 max. And you say it’s cool?
    No meat – Is this a joke?? Or you don’t know anything about Ahmedabad and you are here just blabbering stuff… Lol dude first know the city and the places where you can get non veg to eat.
    Now the booze thing – if you have contacts and money…. You can get what ever brand of booze you want.. And I’m sure you won’t have any so no point discussing.
    Quality music – explain the term quality music please. Where you mention David guetta and lmfao….. Wait how old are you btw?
    Lastly people – Now this is an individual’s ideology. I stayed in South and ppl over there are the worst ever like the fucking worst ever. You can’t just blame the entire city for this. Meet some good people then you will definitely change your aspect.

    Dude just get to know the city man!! You are absolutely making no sense here. Just proves how childish are you.

  20. You don’t belong here. Neither do you accept this city nor will this city accept you seeing this attitude of yours. Go and live in the States. That’s where you belong.

  21. Hey there…

    OMG!! it just feels like you literally snatched words from my mouth.. I am a 26 yr old Gujarati girl and have been in “namma Bengaluru” for my entire life.. I have a sibling who had a rough marriage & being the younger 1 i lost most of my options to voice my choices for the way “Gujarati’s” think.. I have been forced into a marriage that I am not very keen on & will be forced to move to Ahmedabad!!!

    I have hardly visited Gujarat in fact my last visit was in 2013 after 10 long years for a week & i fell sick.. The drinking water and food eating habits were a total shock for me.. I have seen a lot of people talk about Ahmedabad being the best place for experimenting with food but I totally hated it.. I wouldn’t mind standing in a street corner in Bangalore but not in Ahmedabad!!

    My parents were towards not sending us towards Gujarat (7 yrs ago!) I am quite surprised to see the rules/value system changes very conveniently.. (a trait that I see in every Gujarati!!) I am surprised to only see them getting modern with their dressing but not their thinking & mentality.. I find them orthodox, nosy, rude (personal experience, I would never have even imagined pointing an harsh comments to anybody, at least not on their face!) It makes me laugh when I hear anybody claiming that the people are good here..

    I felt I was the only one feeling that these people are uncivilized, but I feel so happy to read your blog.. I suddenly feel so confident that I am Right!! 🙂

    I cannot understand why people would have problems with non veg, booze.. may be I think they should be claimed as the “fastest growing village” in numbers I guess..

    where are the people who talk about Ahmedabad having the most decent crowd and it being a “safe city”.. well I cannot understand that I also hear about a lot of wrong-doing happens during navratri.. wonder why this is never talked about!!

    Coming to finding a job! I have been wanting to work as a HR professional & I have just started my search through portals with no luck so long.. my wedding due in a couple of weeks… I am finding it really difficult to explain why I may not like working in that city!! biggest problem being I am not comfortable with Gujarati and the people most importantly!! 😥

    I have hardly seen any Bangalorian”South indian like they call it” ever looking indifferently at any of other community or their life style.. may be that is the difference between being brought up with cosmopolitan crowd and being brought up in a village!! THAT is why they city has flourished.. That is why no matter who comes from which corner of the world they love the city!!

  22. Oh man I am depressed now. I have lived in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Now moving to Ahmedabad. So searching net to understand this city before I land there.

    But more I try to search good things about Ahmedabad more ugly it gets. Is ahmedabad really the way it had been described in this post ? I mean what’s wrong with gujjus ?? ………. Anyway, I have to stay in Ahmedabad for next 1 or 2 years. Hope I will survive the city.

    • Well, as it’s clear that you’ll be in that city for 1 or 2 years, all I can say is that try to overlook the above mentioned points or get used to it in order to have a pleasant stay.
      Good Luck. 🙂

    • Ahmedabad is an awesome city.. Right now, i love it so much… Everything is wonderful here. If you drink, you’ll find problems over here.. there is no night life yet but it isnt the city that never sleeps.. But you’ll feel awesome if you roam about at 2-3 am in the empty streets.. I can also tell you that you’ll find police patrol cars on the rounds till dawn breaks.. Ahmedabad isnt that bad, you’ll find us munching into pure veggies and ABSOLUTELY NO non-veg (which might be a problem for you) but trust me, you’ll love it here.. You can hangout till whatever time at night you want and if a police catches u at 2 am jus ask him to hav tea with you.. Ahmedabad is full of culture like any other city. Navaratri wuld be something you’d enjoy. Friendly and warm people will be here.. you wont have to survive in Ahmedabad, youll find yourself living ur life if u try to comprimise with the small things that ahmedabad provides u and will make u smile for sure.. but like evry city, ahmedabad is not purely made of gold.. you’ll enjoy it and also find many problems… Happens in every city except your own city… You’ll love everything bout ur own city but u wont find everything exactly the way you want it to be when u move to another city.. this post is approximately 2-3 years old. But now Ahmedabad has changed..
      we are all foodies here jus like Mumbai.. But please taste pani puri here when you’re hungry or in for a snack. Have some Dabeli, Fafda and Pani puri.. you’ll love it!! Hope u hav a great time here..You’ll also enjoy travelling by BRTS… but not evrything will be perfect…

  23. hope tht wasnt too long.. was trying to get all the negativity out of ur mind so u can stay here peacefully

  24. I hate Gujjus. Have spent a lot of time among them and you can count on these people to ruin perfect moments with their dehati behaviour. Even the ones that look like sophisticated and educated are simply obnoxious. I’m not generalizing, every other community has its fair share of idiots and normal people…maybe like a 50-50 ratio. Among Gujjus, 98% are in former category and maybe 2% are who I would like. Just as a rule of thumb – avoid them. Enough said.

      • then dear you don’t know about Ahmedabad, and you should be take care about your words when you past comments and take care about your religious.

        i think you are very Nero minded person. and i want to give Award for these
        ” World worst Nero Minded Person ”

        you should see first your self in mirror. and change your self first. after that world will automatically give you good response

        and why you don’t able to mentioned name in this post, you really such poor minded man

    • then dear you don’t know about Ahmedabad, and you should be take care about your words when you past comments and take care about your religious.

      i think you are very Nero minded person. and i want to give Award for these
      ” World worst Nero Minded Person ”

      you should see first your self in mirror. and change your self first. after that world will automatically give you good response

      and why you don’t able to mentioned name in this post, you really such poor minded man

  25. Just Loved your Blog Mr, K Street Journal. Ahmedabad sucks, the gujjus suck and one can easily term them as a land of hypocrites. No booze, but highest level of bootlegging and no non-veg, but almost every other gujju guy or girl goes to bhaiyar galli and consumes non-veg. McDonalds and KFC, u won’t find place on Sundays, and I refuse to believe that only non-vegetarians are flocking the place. Gujarat sucks.

    • then dear you don’t know about Ahmedabad, and you should be take care about your words when you past comments and take care about your religious.

      i think you are very Nero minded person. and i want to give Award for these
      ” World worst Nero Minded Person ”

      you should see first your self in mirror. and change your self first. after that world will automatically give you good response

      and why you don’t able to mentioned name in this post, you really such poor minded man

      here i can also use the Nero minded bad word about you but i don’t. so mind it when you are using bad word for other

    • The poster, “anonymous”, has a severe misunderstanding of what constitutes, or qualifies for, hypocrisy. It doesn’t make a regional state, let alone its people, hypocritical if various local, or native, residents drink alcohol in a dry state and consume meat in a mostly-veg society. Heck, to even argue for the notion would be futile. You are applying a charge onto group of Indians collectively that would have had more merit if it was done individually. This is where contextual realities come into play. But, regardless, thinking these things through sucks for many people, it seems.

  26. For these gujjus, everything is “Chalse” and “Barobar” which sounds so irritating. As such the community itself is irritating, with lowest level of intellect. Only 2% of the crowd can fall under truly Educated and Sophisticated crowd.

    Its surprising that it has few best premiere institutions of India like IIM, CEPT, but how far the local population has contribution in its popularity, is again a food for thought.

    These people will keep on jabbering in their own language, even if someone in the group doesn’t understand Gujarati, and will expect that person to know the language. And neither their conversation has any merit or intellect nor their thoughts or opnions generate any curiosity. In short “A Soul-less Community.”

    Most pathetic thing is their food, all that fafda, Rotla, undhiyu, chola-fali, gathiya and worst sucker is the Gujarati Dal, which they just estimate that every outsider likes it. This is another drawback of this community, the feel whatever crap the serve as food, every outsider likes it. No wonder few years back when 2-3 Gujjus came to Delhi with me, they were hogging on fish/chicken, parathas and other delicacies, as if they came from Somalia. Only Dhokla and Khandvi are bearable.

    Lack of cosmopolitanism is also another issue over here. Every other community be it Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, South Indians, etc. will have both vegetarians/non-vegetarians amid them. And mostly in work places most of the time you will find a vegetarian and non-vegetarian person eating their meals together – without each other making a much ado over the other person’s food habits. But here in Gujarat, even by any chance if you have even omlette in office (first thing you should get it) a big issue will be made by this “frog in the well community.” The choice of other person’s food habits is well respected by people from other communities, except these Gujjus. Just because they are vegetarians doesn’t make them saints. Trust me.

    Then Muslims are shooed away from the main areas of the city. Recently, in Nadiad one wealthy Muslim merchant bought a bungalow in a Hindu predominant colony, and that poor guy was literally bullied and thrown away by the neighbors, with the help of that Hindu Fanatic Pravin Togadia.

    Most pathetic and comedy thing is when they say, “come to our house fro ‘nashta'”, and their ‘nashta’ consists of all types of khakra, chivda, gathiya, blah blah, in small-small bowls, which you can’t have more than 1-2 tsp. I once made a mistake, when to a gujjus place for such ‘nashta’. In other communities ‘nashta’ means a proper hot snack item, which is so filling that one may or may not eat later. But seeing the quality of ‘nashta’ at my gujju neighbors place, I thought I will die of heart attack. All small-small bowls of some snack item, which usually in communities we have during tea or may be during some “light snack moments” but here this was offered, which I could barely have and funniest thing was when they offer fennel seeds or mukhvas after the so-called ‘nashta’. ROFL

    I am glad that I don’t have to do anything with that city any more. When we came to settle in that city, we thought its peaceful, with low crime rate. But peace exists in graveyard also but one can’t live there, and crime rate of the city has also really gone up. And moreover if I want to live without non-veg or booze, I’d rather go and live in Haridwar or Rishikesh, why the heck do they call Ahmedbad as equivalent to metro cities. It sucks, no where compared to metro cities.

    Gujarat chief minister is trying to attract investors in the state. Wonder what she will offer them “Dhokla and Chola-Fali” for lunch and “Dadam Juice” in place of beer, I guess 🙂 🙂

    • then dear you don’t know about Ahmedabad, and you should be take care about your words when you past comments and take care about your religious.

      i think you are very Nero minded person. and i want to give Award for these
      ” World worst Nero Minded Person ”

      you should see first your self in mirror. and change your self first. after that world will automatically give you good response

      and why you don’t able to mentioned name in this post, you really such poor minded man

    • Ah, the passing off of relativist explanations objectively–and done subconsciously, too!

      “For these gujjus, everything is “Chalse” and “Barobar” which sounds so irritating. As such the community itself is irritating, with lowest level of intellect. Only 2% of the crowd can fall under truly Educated and Sophisticated crowd.”

      ^Please be kind as to empirically validate the above through scholarly approaches, assuming you are provided the grants to take on such a venture, and you’ll find a convert in me!

      “These people will keep on jabbering in their own language, even if someone in the group doesn’t understand Gujarati, and will expect that person to know the language. And neither their conversation has any merit or intellect nor their thoughts or opnions generate any curiosity. In short ‘A Soul-less Community.'”

      ^Psst–what has generated my curiosity are “opnions” [sic]…what in the world are “opnions”? Do you mean o-p-i-n-i-o-n-s? If so, I’d like to offer my own: bro, it’s annoying as hell when I travel through, say, Maharashtra and ask for directions in Hindi and all the people that I inquire “keep on jabbering in their own language”! What’s up with that, yo? It’s like they “will expect that person to know the language”, Marathi. And when I do have a conversation with them, it’s ultimately “soulless”. In all seriousness, your issues seem to born from sociocultural matters, which seem to be pedestaled as meriting a fully debunking of their intellectual capability. And it is that pedestaling that I find problematic, because it doesn’t connect with the fact that if Gujaratis were “soulless” then they wouldn’t have an Indian state with socio-economic infrastructures that summon, or require by circumstance, workers to come and operate within–as well as have people come and attempt to live there, such as yourself.

      “This is another drawback of this community, the feel whatever crap the serve as food, every outsider likes it. No wonder few years back when 2-3 Gujjus came to Delhi with me, they were hogging on fish/chicken, parathas and other delicacies, as if they came from Somalia.”

      ^Okay, now you are just insulting Somalians for no good reason, not to mention how it took you no more than five paragraphs to get into full-blown racist mode. Look, Somalians have access to not only fish and chicken but also to parathas (since Indian cuisine is kind of popular there) and numerous other cuisine variations. Personally speaking, I’d be down with trying some of their camel meat dishes.

      “Most pathetic and comedy thing is when they say, “come to our house fro ‘nashta’”, and their ‘nashta’ consists of all types of khakra, chivda, gathiya, blah blah, in small-small bowls, which you can’t have more than 1-2 tsp. I once made a mistake, when to a gujjus place for such ‘nashta’.”

      ^Talk about ungrateful! Whether the food offerings were tasty or not, to be invited into someone’s house is something to at least bear in mind as being representative of a courteous expression, no? But wait, now I’m confused! I thought Gujaratis were “soulless”! What are these intellectually inept buffoons doing inviting people over as guests?! And, on top of that, serving them food! Shiiiiit, boi!

      “Gujarat chief minister is trying to attract investors in the state. Wonder what she will offer them “Dhokla and Chola-Fali” for lunch and “Dadam Juice” in place of beer, I guess.”

      ^Oh, gee, offering visitors regional foods born from regional realities and culinary habits! Tauba, tauba! *facepalm*

  27. Dear Bro,

    I see the link which you share in replay related to Ahmedabad, i appreciate your work for the same, but i think you should visit again Ahmedabad City and know more about the City. Here in this Link you just share the Photos and Things of Old Ahmedabad City which you click on the heritage walk, but dear friend Ahmedabad city not having only that heritage point which you seen in that week. Many Places you have to visit which are famous but still not include in the heritage

    not only Polls, even many Temples are there or many lakes and many more things

    i think now your thought about Ahmedabad might be change. and you can try to visit at Ahmedabad in December , January time. you get more cooling effect..
    trust me try it

  28. So true i also live in Ahmedabad after transfer from Navi Mumbai and this place is not at all living like there . Even the shops are closed on Sunday when most of the people go to buy things.

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