It’s unfair to say that Delhi guys are aggressive or Mumbai boys are cool,” says model Indrani Dasgupta. She, accompanied by actor Sugandha Garg, have travelled the length and breadth of the country, trying to figure out the evolution of the Indian man, and whether popular local stereotypes are true.
Ten Indian cities were chosen as cultural indicators for the differences in male attitude, including Amritsar, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahemdabad, Varanasi, Kochi and Goa. Sugandha and Indrani interacted with the local guys from each city and quizzed them on quirks unique to the place. Sugandha explains, “We asked Delhi guys why they were prone to road rage, and quizzed the guys from Kolkata on their love for literature. But the answers were very different from what we expected, and were eye-openers for both Indrani and I.”
‘Chandigarh boys are kings’
Myth: Tall, good-looking, but lecherous
Finding: “You walk into a city campus and you will get stared at to death. But this is what had us staring. Men like to make an entrance in Chandigarh, with their big cars and flashy designer wear. They are kings — tall and good-looking and very confident of themselves,” says Sugandha. Indrani adds, “They do stare, but they don’t approach you.”
‘Kolkata guys will open your mind’
Myth: Intellectual, yet boring
Finding: “If you ever need to up your IQ, sit down and talk to a guy from Kolkata. They’ll talk about everything under the sun and make it sound interesting. They will open your mind,” says Sugandha.
‘Mumbai boys are so polished’
Myth: Liberated and cosmopolitan
Finding: “Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city, so I love the city boys. They are fun, open-minded and ready to show you a good time,” says Indrani. “We went on a sailing trip and met some of the best guys in the city. They are polished and so entertaining,” says Sugandha.
‘Amritsar boys love their tash a little too much’
Myth: Religious, proud and love food
Finding: “Punjabi boys love their cars, their food and their moustache. After a point, everything else blurs except for their tash. They are constantly twirling or fussing over it,” says Sugandha. Indrani adds, “The food and colourful pagdis are to die for.”
‘Kochi men bustle with energy’
Myth: Lazy and witty
Finding: “We went to a toddy shop and met some really funny guys. They are bustling with energy, which is mostly used to eat and drink. I love that about them,” says Sugandha. Indrani doesn’t quite agree, “I just don’t like Kochi guys.
‘Delhi guys are funny’
Myth: Aggressive and possessive.
Finding: “Delhi guys are really funny. They have this really dumb sense of humour. We went to various nightclubs to see how the city boys party. They are chivalrous, proud, loud and know how to have a great time,” says Sugandha.
‘You’d wanna take Jaipur boys to your mama’
Myth: Every second person is a guide and will swindle you
Finding: “Every guy in Jaipur is an artiste. He makes jewellery or pottery or clothes and is good at styling. And they are royal blood or behave like that. Because they are great craftsmen, they are great sales people and are soft-spoken,” says Indrani. “You’d want to take them to your mama,” echoes Sugandha.
'Goan men are zen’
Myth: Live life king-size and are easygoing
Finding: “Goan guys are my favourite. They are super easygoing because they know they have arrived. The state has the highest per capita income and is also very tourist-friendly. Which is why, when we went partying there, we didn’t feel we were being watched. They are also very interesting to talk to and are truly zen,” says Sugandha.
‘Varansi guys love their paan more than women’
Myth: Religious and passionate
Finding: “The men in Varanasi are calm and collected. They don’t like to be disturbed. They love their worship and their paan. The are devout in their daily habits as well,” says Sugandha.
‘Guwahati boys are very hardworking’
Myth: Calm and peaceful
Finding: “We went and picked tea leaves in Guwahati and met ordinary folk, who work in the plantations by day and make music by night. They are very creative and each guy is a rockstar,” says Indrani.