Pakistanis have always been famous for their unique reactions over some typical things where the world reacts normally but for us, out reaction is worth discussing. As a Pakistani, you must have come across certain reactions like these yourself but if you’ve not, below is the list. Let’s see how many of them you can relate to.
When our cricket team loses:
Seeing this, most Pakistanis who are die-hard fans of cricket turn into that 60’s heroine of Pakistani movies whose lover has just left him. Looking at the television screens having tears in eyes.
However, those who have been raged by the loss agree on making match fixing a reason why the team did not do well. Their very first dialogue is: “FIX THA MATCH YAR, YEH BIK GAYI HAI TEAM HAMARI WARNA AISA THODI KHELTE HAIN YEH LOG.”
On the other hand, when the team wins out of expectations:
“Yar apni team hi aisi hai number 1. Issey achi team duniya mein koi nai hosakti. ” Soon after this dialogue there are unending rounds of fireworks, horns, hooting and every possible thing that could be done for celebration. If you see a Pakistani at this point in time you can be so sure to say that there is no nation in the world who is more patriotic than us. Though that patriotism lasts for a day only, but still!
When your relatives see you in public with an opposite gender:
If you’ve encountered this, you must have heard chanting of “ASTAGFITULLAH” from behind and a few aunties would come to you and blow over you as they feel that you’ve been under the custody of the devil. And then before you would even reach your house, your family knows that you were found dating! LOL! , whereas, you could just be talking to the other person after months.
When the doorbell rings:
If you’re from a brown family, you must have your observations where there was havoc inside the house just after someone pressed the doorbell. Everyone starts running around bringing things to their places, getting their appearance normal and even cleaning the house. Soon after which, it’s discovered that the doorbell was had been rung by a beggar. Not always but usually!
TUKKAA LAGAO MUSLAMANON:
A big difference of opinions come when we see Amir Bhai on TV. You all may know him but if not, let me introduce: this person is an Islamic scholar who used to do Islamic shows. Then he moved to Ramadan transmissions, sometimes morning shows and seldom talk shows. So when we see him, half of the people are overjoyed seeing him while others just find it better to change the channel and watch something else. That’s how we react to him.
When we go to a fine finer finest restaurant to eat:
Despite of how terribly we eat at home with our fingers dipped into gravy and clothes sharing the food, we will always set new examples of discipline and manners by being extremely sophisticated and also being very excited simultaneously because food is life man.
When we hear “50% OFF”
Pakistanis, especially women (am not being an anti-feminist over here) have always been accused of being attracted to shopping and sales. So, whenever we gotta here that there’s a sale in this this store at this this street between these timings, it’s our very first priority to reach their. And once we reach, you know what happens next.
When we get any chance to move around any corridor/house:
We are usually accused of peeping and interfering into the matters of others. That’s not what we do, but we actually want to help others whether they are in any problem or not. So as a precaution we like to open the doors of every room we pass across just to check if someone needs help.
When we get to know that someone from the family got his/her results out:
‘’ Aur beta, kia result bana? ‘’ This question is probably the most hated question on the hate list of any student. Because, as soon as the result is out, everyone you’d meet in Pakistan will ask you the same question.
Whenever any single girl or boy is spotted in khandan:
Desi aunties have always been popular for their activeness in making rishtas. Any weeding, any meetup or even any funeral till date had not went clean from any rishta discussion. Girls come across question like beta kia parhti ho? Khana banaleti ho? Ghar ka kaam kaaj ata hai? whereas boys need to answer stuff like kia krahe ho? Kitna kamalete ho? Koi pasand wasand ka chkar tou nai? I feel pity for these innocent singles whose freedom is always tried to be taken in such parties where there are a lot of aunties…
When we see traffic lights:
RED-STOP, YELLOW-WAIT, GREEN-GO
Well, these old rules must be for all other backward countries in the world. Here in Pakistan, we have some modern interpretations for these which are as follows:
RED- GO FASTEST SO THAT YOU CAN BREAK THE SIGNAL AND ESCAPE UNNTOICED
YELLOW- GO FASTER THAN EVER SO YOU CAN GET THROUGH THE SGNAL BEFORE IT TURNS RED
GREEN- GREEN? OH FORGET IT! GREEN KE BAAD TOU ROAD APNI HOJAATI HAI YAHAN
AND LASTLY, our reaction to adult scenes in the movies we are watching with family:
No matter how much vulgar we are when alone, despite of all the 18+ jokes we make and all the swear words we speak, we always turn to an extremely shareef person when we are watching TV with parents and some adult scene or a vulgar joke comes on.
“Astagfirullah astaghfirullah … what did they even say? I don’t even know what are they doing?”
This statement depicts exactly the same reaction by each Pakistani teenager whenever any such situation knocks at the door.
Whatever unique reactions we have, it can be proudly said that they make us different from the rest of the world which reacts to almost all the things in a boring way. But, there are certain things we Pakistanis need to change in our behavior. The rest is set.
Written by: Arham Shareef Hashmi