What makes us unique is our outlook to life and the never say die attitude. You can identify us very easily because of our language, taste in food and how zealously Nagpurians can prove to you that Nagpur is the best city in India.
Here is what makes us asli(true) Nagpurians
1) The language we speak is like you have never heard anywhere. It is a mixture of Hindi and Marathi, where you will find words such as:
Hou (a combination of ho- yes in Marathi and haan- yes in Hindi).
Sahi (which in Hindi means right) which we use as an exclamation of joy or to say fantastic.
Mahol (in Hindi means atmosphere) again means fantastic or out of this world.
Ek number in Nagpur means very good.
Abey Yaar means what man. Every sentence has to start with "abey".
Words like Kuthe Jaoon Rahaila? Kai karun Rahaila? (instead of Kuthe Jatois or Kai Kartois) can make a typical Puneri cringe, as we take immense liberties with the Marathi language and have created a dialect that is very typical of Nagpur.
For the women in Nagpur, any shopkeeper, Rickshawala, bhajiwala, postman, milkman, fellow on the road will always be "Bhaiyya" (brother).
What sounds to others as a gruff and rowdy language, to a Nagpurian, it is sweet nectar which makes his day. The distinct Nagpuri tongue can melt our heart in minutes and we can become friends with a complete stranger when we hear him speak out tongue.
2) The food we like is as hot as the weather. Our love for Saoji cuisine is well known. We can give people from Kolhapur a run for their money, when it comes to hot and spicy food.
Ask any Nagpurian and he will swear by Savji Mutton and Saoji Chicken after a round of drinks. Tarri Poha is another dish which is a hot favourite.
We feel that Dinshaws Icecream is the best in the world. Haagen Daz and Ben n Jerry's gaya tel lene. What to say about Haldiram's sweets and Namkeen. For us, making a stop at Haldiram's is as mandatory as going to the temple. The Samosa wala at Telangkhedi and Shanti Bhavan are out of this world. The Paani puri at Gujarat point is to die for and there is nothing like Idli sambar at South Indian Mess. Babbu ki Biryani at Mominpura is another hot favourite of Nagpurians. Bakery products from Ajit Bakery, Harry's Pastry and Cake and Cookies are an integral part of our lives.
3) The weather is another aspect that is discussed with a lot of passion. Come Summer or Winter, the meteorologist in each and every Nagpurian starts predicting the weather with fervour. Nagpurians don't believe in Air Conditioners. If you live in Nagpur, it is mandatory to have air coolers that use water and Khus ki tatti (curtains made from Vertvert).
The Summers are blazing hot, which naturally makes us hot tempered and we are itching for a fight every chance we get. You will never find a true Nagpurian bow down from a fight. We enjoy a good brawl and love to "Haat Saaf Karna" during a skirmish. We take it as matter of pride to rectify the wrong.
4) Shopping at Dharampeth, Sitabuldi, Mahal and Sadar is like shopping at 5th avenue and Rodeo drive for us. The favourite pastime of the youth of Nagpur is to sit on parked bikes on West High court Road and ogle at every passing girl. They call it "Ladki Taadna" and "Aankh Sekna". LAD college is another hotspot for these young men.
5) Nagpurians love to celebrate festivals. Be it Holi, Diwali or Ram Navmi, we know how to have a good time. People love gyrating to Sandal dance music. The beat of the dhols and the drums makes every nerve in our body quiver and we unknowingly start dancing.
To be a Nagpurian you have to be born as one. The water, the air and the culture all help to make you a true Nagpurian. Wherever we go and anywhere we might live, our love for Nagpur is as strong as ever.
Come to Nagpur as only a Nagpurian can show you how to have the time of your life.