You Know You Are In Chandigarh When…


Living in a city like Chandigarh is a long and never ending celebration. People hardly have any important stuff to do, that’s why they are mostly vella. Recently, BBC reported Chandigarh as the perfect city in the world. For obvious reasons like a well-planned city, clean & green, not much traffic problems. Those who live in this city and have grown up with the city are simply in love with everything this city offers. So, these are things which this city offers. KHURKI brings you things you will relate to if you are a Chandigarhian…

1) People in Chandigarh always have a separate budget (after buying a car) for bigger tyres, alloy wheels, stereo, woofer…


2. Shopping in guys’ vocabulary refers to buying daru from Jugnu ahata and soda, glasses from any confectionery. 

3. Names like Neelam, Nirman, Kiran, Jagat, Batra, Piccadily aren’t just names but entertainment centres in Chandigarh.

4. Abbreviations like GCG, MCM mean a lot without knowing their full forms.

5. Guys speak in loud Punjabi when a group of girls passes by and girls start speaking in English every time guys pass by. 

eve teasing

6. The city seems too slow and dead and everyone heads to Delhi or Bangalore.

7. Traffic cops start the challan drive in the last week of March to end the year in good numbers.

8. Everyone in Chandigarh has a ‘maasi’ in Canada , a ‘bhua’ in UK or a ‘mama’ in the US.

9. Everyone has some political connection.

10. Stu-C is more popular among non students.

11. You are proud of being from a particular school and a member of its alumni group (YPS, Vivek, GNPS, Carmel, St John’s).


12. Owning a Bullet while still in school is an achievement.

13. Spending upto Rs 2 lakh on number 1 for a car’s number plate does not raise any eyebrows in Chandigarh. 

14. Kinetic Honda scooter is referred to as a Kiney and Bullet bike as Bullt. 

15. You are proud of being a Punjabi.

16. ‘Mallo Malli Khadak Piyan’ sticker is found on many cars.

17. Guys are called by their surnames, (Brar, Sidhu bai, Dhillon) and followed by “Kiven aa, Kidaan!!”. 22g is only understood by you. 

19. You are shocked to find out when someone doesn’t drink and is a vegetarian. 


20. Many ppl are ‘vella’ when asked what they do.

vella copy

21. One hand, while driving, is on the ‘muchh’ and the other on the steering wheel.

geri route

22. Everybody knows everybody here.

23. Every new party place has the same old faces.

24. A new car, bike etc. first comes to the geri route ‘n’ later to the gurdwara or mandir.

25. Anyone and everyone has had food at “Pal Da Dhaba” and “Giani Da Dhaba (Dharampur)”.

Pal Dhaba

26. Everyone has heard the song “Chandigarh kare aashiqui” by B21. 

27. Bikers are challaned even if the pillion rider is not wearing a helmet and girls are allowed to ride without one.

28. Panchkula and Mohali-ites don’t mind being called Chandigarhians.

29. Very few ppl know about the Mosque in Sector 20 and the Church in Sector 18.

Masjid Sector 20

30. Most people have been challaned more than once (for speeding mostly). 

31. English-speaking girls are usually referred to as “yenkan”.


32. The “Geri-on-foot” (à la Sector 35 CCD lane, Sector 17) becomes more popular.

33. Almost everyone gets phone calls (at odd hours) from drunk friends living abroad telling them how much they miss the city.

34. When random Punjabi words are a part of your English vocabulary!! For example…khup, kaim, and panga…

35. Hot Millions was the local Mc Donald’s where everyone has eaten their first pizza, burgers, shakes etc.

36. Tribune Chowk is the most prominent & convenient landmark

Tribune Chowk

37. Mohali is downtown

38. Open Jeeps and Yamaha 350s run side by side BMWs, Audis and Porsches 

Open Jeep

39. ‘Tota’ does not mean a piece or a bird but a ‘yankan’…

40. University elections and SOI-PUSU become more important than MP, MLA or MC elections.

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