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Bros above all else for Mumbai’s men?

Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris’ character on the TV show How I Met Your Mother is, perhaps, the only television character to have a book published in his name. Here's The Bro Code...

entertainment Updated: Jun 26, 2010 17:08 IST
Shweta Mehta

Barney StinsonBarney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris’ character on the TV show How I Met Your Mother is, perhaps, the only television character to have a book published in his name. Penned by one of the show’s writers, Matt Kuhn, The Bro Code is a comprehensive and exhaustive set of rules for male friendships, as demonstrated on the show.

The character is arguably the biggest draw for the show. Barney’s serial womanising ways, combined with cocksure witticisms have accorded him a cult status among fans here.

Barney’s the Bro
Be it the ease with which he picks up girls or the sureness with which he establishes rules that he deems fit, Barney’s pearls of wisdom have become the principles that several young men in the city swear by. The creators promptly cashed in on the overwhelming response to The Bro Code by publishing a book on the subject.

But is it really taken that seriously by brethren in our city? For Mazahir Mandasaurwala, a marketing executive, says The Bro Code is a reaffirmation of existing norms of male bonhomie. “We guys have always looked out for each other, but the show has made me more conscious of how to sustain my bond with other guys,” he says.

Great Utility Value
But for Rohit Anandani, a management student, this is just another fad inspired by a popular show. “Most guys like to believe that they are followers when they don’t even know the code properly,” he claims. So it’s not always bros before h**s? “That depends on how you define h**s,” he says, tongue firmly in cheek. Either way, the fictional document has proved to be of great utility for several guys. “This way we know what the protocol is, and we’re less prone to destroying friendships by taking irrational decisions,” says media graduate Karan Sinroja.

The Bro Code’s Top Clauses
Article 1:
Bros before h**s

Article 7: A Bro never admits he can't drive stick. Even after an accident.

Article 49: When asked, "Do you need some help?" a Bro shall automatically respond, "I got it," whether or not he's actually got it.

Article 62: In the event that two Bros lock on to the same target, the Bro who calls dibs first has dibs. If both call dibs at the same time, the Bro who counts aloud to ten the fastest has dibs. If both arrive at the number ten at the same time, the Bro who bought the last round of drinks has dibs. If they haven't purchased drinks yet, the taller of the two Bros has dibs. If they're the same height, the Bro with the longer dry spell has dibs. Should the dry spells be of equal length, a game of discreet rock, paper, scissors shall determine dibs, provided the chick is still there.

Article 136: When interrogated by a girlfriend about a bachelor party, a Bro shall offer nothing more than an uninterested, “It was okay”.