Sunday, June 25, 2017

If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you’ll know exactly who the praying mantis-like looking guy in the photo is. He is Sheldon Lee Cooper, PhD. and Caltech Theoretical Physicist. He is known for his lack of social skills, a general lack of humility and empathy, narcissistic behaviour (not for his looks, rather his intelligence), his know-it-all attitude and incredible ability to soak and recollect an understanding of everything (eidetic memory that he proudly shows off). So why am I trying to make myself believe that this fictional character from Galveston, Texas exhibits the traits of those in an Indian city? Read on.

If I was wrong, I’d know

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Yeah right, wouldn’t that be an irony? What Dr. Cooper wants to say with this statement is that he can NEVER go wrong. The amount of self-pride this man has is something exhibited by almost every Punekar (I am one). We Punekars have a similar attitude when someone tells us we’re wrong. We can confidently tell a person asking for directions the wrong address and still act like we helped him/her out.

We have the tendency to remember things most people forget or have no idea of, or interest in, and that makes us proud. We are the ones people come to for things we specialise in, e.g. people ask me to recommend a book, consult me while buying a mobile or computer, etc. If during any point of the debate we realise we are wrong, we never admit it, and continue defending our opinion nevertheless. This attribute makes Sheldon a perfect specimen of the Puneri “I-am-always-right”, “I-know-it-all”, “I’m-smarter” and “I cannot be wrong, you’re an idiot to think that” attitude we so proudly possess.

Lack of social skills

We don’t really lack social skills. If anything, we are known for using the right words (our command over languages plays a huge part in this). However, we have some qualities that gives others the wrong impression about us; we are straightforward and honest. We can say things most people won’t dare to, even to a person we hardly know. Again, this is not because we mean to humiliate them (well, mostly!). It cannot be considered as a flaw if we correct a person, ask him/her about something we heard (mostly the gossip) or tell something about them that is bothering us. We don’t intend negativity or rude behaviour, it is only the way people interpret us. Well, the problem is we never bother to think of what others might think, we say what we feel and believe others to take it in the right spirit (never happens). So it’s not our problem, really. It’s theirs!

We’re bad with the opposite sex

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Unlike Sheldon Cooper, we are not someone who doesn’t feel a thing for the opposite sex. We are mesmerised looking at a good-looking person. We enjoy bird watching (especially on FC Road). But we are not sweet-talkers and have no clue when it comes to “impressing” others. We believe our wits can impress others (in most cases, it does), but sucking up to someone or complimenting someone constantly is not our way.

I have lost count of how many times I offended a woman I liked, because when on a date, I corrected her grammar, made fun of what she did (I told a dentist she’s not a real doctor, I told an HR professional she doesn’t really do anything, and told an engineer her job is boring!) and at times, even laughed when she said something that was not correct (I mean, come on, she thought Israel was a terrorist state, like Afghanistan or Pakistan! Jihadis and Jews are not the same, my dear!).

If you’re a woman, you’ve been in a situation where you lost complete interest in a cute guy only because his intelligence was not up to your level or his language was not as refined as yours (we just love our Shuddha Marathi and even a little “itha, titha” makes us go mad. It’s ITHE and TITHE, aa and ee, farak asto!). Well, let’s just hope there’s a Puneri girl who’ll understand me someday.

Our talks are intellectual (for others, boring)

Like in most cases, Sheldon will go on and on about theoretical physics, even in front of someone like Penny (whose last name remains a mystery). We are the gyaan-giving types, but mostly, our talks make others go, “Please yaar, Baas!” We are not into watching every movie that is released, or discussing reality shows or TV serials (if it’s Sarabhai or Khichdi, then ok!). We enjoy discussions on books and science, philosophy, life and the things that matter. It doesn’t matter if we’re sitting in a lousy bar drinking beer, we believe in sophistication and intellectuality to the core. Theatre, Pu La, novels, good movies and music (the kind that isn’t commercially successful), Sawai, culture, pronunciations, etc. are our interest. We’re intellectuals. Like Sheldon.

We can be categorised as studious

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Our schoolbooks or textbooks never interest us, but we are studious. Though Sheldon Cooper cracks a lot of jokes on Howard for being an Engineer (which most Punekars are), we believe ourselves to be geniuses for getting a B.E. No wonder we are the ‘Oxford of the East’ with a million Engineering colleges in our city. We believe studying is the only way to the top, and thus we are known for academic excellence (I’m not part of this clan. I’m the arty types! The kinds engineers and doctors make fun of). We can go on and on about studying and getting into a foreign university (not that hard, really!) to get the best education and it excites us like nothing else. We even judge people based on their college, their education, etc. just like our very own Dr. Cooper. It matters!

There are many such things that make me feel the guy from Texas was actually someone born around here but was sent to the US to ensure he has a better life (very much like our Man of Steel story). Who knows, maybe 20 years from now we’ll find out he was actually born at a hospital in Sadashiv Peth. Just like the lineage of some English Prince is now being traced to Surat!

Sheldon gets a kick out of making others feel stupid, always wants to flaunt his knowledge, loves learning about new stuff (secretly, though) and doesn’t care about public opinion. Oh, how can he not be a PUNEKAR? If he comes to Pune any time, he would feel like he’s finally found ‘his’ people!

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  • Chinmay Datar

    hahahahahahhahahahaha!!! this is brilliant!!!

    Jun 24, 2013, 10:06 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Thanks Datar!

      Jun 24, 2013, 10:17 am
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  • Tanvee Pardeshi

    AWesome.. Brilliant comparison… How did you even get such idea???

    Jun 24, 2013, 11:23 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      My boss recommended. How he got the idea is beyond my imagination.

      Jun 24, 2013, 11:44 am
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      • Tanvee Pardeshi

        Cool..Great idea nonetheless !! Keep writing such interesting articles..It keeps my boredom away especially on a Monday!! 😛 😛

        Jun 24, 2013, 12:16 pm
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        • Vedvrat Shikarpur

          Sure thing.

          Jun 24, 2013, 12:49 pm
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  • Ashwin

    Awesome!

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:13 pm
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    • Prasanna Londhe

      Mast re Vedvrat! nice read! 🙂 Keep up the good work!

      btw…we (Read Punekars!) are totally responsible what we say and not for what others understand!! 😉

      Jun 24, 2013, 2:03 pm
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      • Vedvrat Shikarpur

        Thanks a lot Prasanna.. And that is very true. Punekaran baddal je dista tasa asta, fakta samorchyanna samjat nasta. 😀

        Jun 24, 2013, 2:27 pm
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  • Anupam Kelkar

    Lol baraka !!!

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:13 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Thanks baraka!!

      Jun 24, 2013, 2:01 pm
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  • Nandan Pandit

    Please correct your grammatical error. It is NOT ‘Ours talks are intellectual’, it should be, ‘Our talks are intellectual’

    Jun 24, 2013, 2:59 pm
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    • adityakuber

      Thanks Nandan! We’ll change it right away!

      Jun 24, 2013, 3:06 pm
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      • Nandan Pandit

        And i forgot to add, I liked the article. At the same time, I just hope people don’t get trapped in the images they create for themselves. Pune has 3.1 million people, by sheer probability, there will be a huge diversity in their likes, dislikes and behaviors. Exploring this website, I am also getting a very exclusivist, unapologetic, “we are like this only, deal with it” message, which, while funny to start with, can get a little limiting. Ani maskari chi kuskari vhaayla kitisaa vel laagto?

        Jun 24, 2013, 3:15 pm
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  • Nikhil

    Bore. Punekar TV serials baghtat ani te discuss sudhha kartat ani intellectual discussions mulich nastat.

    Jun 24, 2013, 5:15 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      TV serials pahanara Puneri mulga..!! We have a unique one here.. 😀

      Jun 25, 2013, 10:26 am
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  • Afaque A Memon

    HAHAHAHA…!!! Really Enjoyed reading this article, all truth about Punekars.. Judging people on the school or college they studied in, correcting grammar of the girl on a date and not giving a rats ass to opinion of others well that is what I have found myself guilty of. Proud to be a Punekar.

    Jun 25, 2013, 11:23 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Good to know. I hope there’s a girl for you too. 😀
      Proud to be a Punekar.. YESS.. Thanks for the lovely comment..!

      Jun 25, 2013, 12:08 pm
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  • R

    good one

    Jun 25, 2013, 5:53 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Thanks!

      Jun 26, 2013, 10:42 am
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  • Leena

    Don’t forget the love for rules and constantly ‘instructing’ others…

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:47 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Oh yes.. that too!

      Jun 26, 2013, 10:42 am
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  • Poonam D

    every word is truth…..reading this was like reading a summary of my thoughts for the life that i have lived in this beautiful city :)!!!!! i still love sarabhai, cant stop correcting grammar and definitely have a sorry record in the “love” department :P!!!!!

    Jun 25, 2013, 10:16 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Thanks a lot Poonam!

      Jun 27, 2013, 10:04 am
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  • Nikhil Tilak

    Lai bhari rao! Patlay!

    Jun 26, 2013, 6:34 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Dhanyawaad!

      Jun 26, 2013, 10:43 am
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  • Harshal Bhave

    I always knew I have seen Sheldon somewhere…. Well now I know 🙂

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:00 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Lol.. I won’t be surprised if I spot him having wada pav with chai while thinking about some theory in some bylanes of Pune.

      Jun 26, 2013, 11:15 am
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      • adityakuber

        He’ll never eat wada pav. It’s not on his schedule.

        Jun 26, 2013, 12:22 pm
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        • Peeyoosha

          Lolll…Evan if he wants to eat vada pav, he will ask that bhaiyya to use hand sanitizer first and use separate batter with fresh oil…

          Jun 26, 2013, 11:34 pm
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  • Aditya Joshi

    Great article.
    BTW, if Penny was Maharastrian, her last name could have been Nebraskar 🙂

    Jun 26, 2013, 1:15 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Sheldon Cooperkar would still NOT get along with her.. 😀

      Jun 27, 2013, 10:05 am
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  • varsha pansare

    Great job Vedvrat… We Punekars dont mind,criticizing ourselves but surely find it offended if someone else criticise us….

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:49 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      I would never criticise Punekars Varsha maushi!! 😀

      Jun 27, 2013, 10:03 am
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  • Guest

    ha lekh marathitun ala asta tar bara zala asta… ( ek ajun “punekar”) 😀

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:27 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      jarur! marathi vachak vadhva, marathi lekhak ithe basun ahet. 😀

      Jun 28, 2013, 10:33 am
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  • Pranav Athalye

    ha lekh marathitun ala tar ajun maja yeil… ( “ek punekar”) 😀

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:28 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Loka marathi vachat nahi he durdaiva ahe. The reach of an english article is more than a marathi article! Mala marathit lihayla abhimaan vatel!

      Jun 28, 2013, 10:32 am
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      • Pranav Athalye

        aye that be true… tumchyakadun ajun lekh vachayla nakkich avadtil 🙂

        Jun 28, 2013, 6:27 pm
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        • Vedvrat Shikarpur

          Jaroor. There are many great articles on the blog. Marathit pan lavkarach lihu!! 🙂

          Jun 29, 2013, 7:41 pm
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  • Gayatri Sagade- Gujarathi

    Ek no! Aadhich lakshat yayla hava hota jenva to svata:chya jagebabat itaka aagrahi aahe! 🙂 amazing analysis! Aani tyachi punctuality tar nakkich Puneri aahe!

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:55 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      I hope you mean the last part in a sarcastic way.. 😀
      Anyways, thanks for the comment. 🙂

      Jun 28, 2013, 3:55 pm
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  • Anupama

    I have always believed that about the English. All Punekars!!!!

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:21 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      It is true of almost all languages, except hindi though. We suck at speaking hindi.. we conveniently use (ghused) marathi words in hindi! 😀

      Jul 1, 2013, 10:14 am
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  • wierdyou

    All you misconceived intellectuals .., grammatically perfect weirdos.., its not “an lab accident”!

    Jun 29, 2013, 12:15 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      For outsiders, every punekar is a “lab accident”, for us we are a “work of art”. 😀

      Jul 1, 2013, 10:13 am
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      • Radhika

        i think wierdyou was talking about “an” lab accident… in pure Punekar “I’m-smarter” style!

        Nice article btw 🙂

        Sep 19, 2013, 4:41 pm
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        • Vedvrat Shikarpur

          Did you mean to say, “I think it’s weird (its not wierd) you’re talking about ‘an’ lab accident.. in pure Punekar ‘I’m smarter’ style”. 😛 😀

          Nov 23, 2013, 2:36 pm
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  • PMK

    I am sure you know that Roger Moore was a Puneri? He was born Raja More! And Michael Jackson was not a Puneri but an Indian nevertheless since his real name was Maai kaa laal.

    Jul 14, 2013, 9:06 am
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  • Pranav Kadam

    There is a small mistake in second line which perhaps Sheldon might take personally.
    You said, “He is Sheldon Lee Cooper, PhD. and Caltech Theoretical Physicist.”
    Wrong!
    He is Caltech Theoretical Physicist – Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, BS, MS, MA, PhD, ScD.

    OMG right? 😀

    Sep 12, 2013, 7:19 pm
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Aah, if Sheldon reads this, he’s probably going to sue us for that! 😀

      Sep 13, 2013, 12:23 pm
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  • jk segal

    same to same man god work author….. i can relate it with too much..

    Sep 19, 2013, 9:45 am
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  • Sampada Mhalagi

    Though I have shifted my base for some time now, I have been and will be a pakka Puneri all my life.

    I love Sheldon, he is a one of a kind character (Monk la khallay hyane!) I liked all your the comparison and association. Never though of it myself. But I beg to differ about the “Not accepting the mistake” part.

    Dusarychi bolane mhanaje tyachyavar upkar karane,
    knowing that I know everything attitude,
    aani khijvat hasane hya tyachya trademark Puneri styles aahet.

    Oct 11, 2013, 10:55 pm
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  • SaurabhMukhekar

    This is seriously crazy ! Ultimately he has everything which punker deserve.

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:55 am
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    • Vedvrat Shikarpur

      Very true!

      Oct 12, 2013, 10:51 am
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  • Vk

    Lame!

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:15 am
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