Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Filed under Comic 38 Comments

We the biased

There! I’ve put it out in the open. I for one, am sick of Mumbai people continuously complaining about Delhi’s heat in the summers, Delhi’s cold in the winters and Delhi’s auto-wallahs all year round.

It’s OK… I don’t like Bombay local trains either.. they’re like the slave ships of old, except you’re standing and there’s no trail of feces and urine falling on you from the upper berth. Not everyday at least.

But since this is a thought provoking subject, and I like to pretend it’s a webcomic on society and stuff, I’ll link to a study that explains our biases and their cause. Also, my stats show a huge majority of my readers are in Mumbai and I’d like to keep them happy.

Brain Differences Reinforce Preferences For Those In Same Social Group

The study shows that perceiving others in pain activates a part of the brain associated with empathy and emotion more if the observer and the observed are the same race. The findings may show that unconscious prejudices against outside groups exist at a basic level

Link to article

Thanks for everyone who sent in their favorite Marathi gaalis on Twitter, SMS and Email. The Mumbai taxi photo is by Akshay Mahajan, who has allowed his great photos to be used by me previously too. The African Taxi Driver photo is by Gordy Munro, who said he usually doesn’t allow his photos to be used like this, but was interested in seeing what I came up with.
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    Perx // July 13th, 2009 at 2:37 am


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    Varun // July 13th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Bubu gets the same spam as we all do? What about winning the $750,000 British Lottery?

    Btw maybe you should have included the part where North-East Indians get harassed badly!

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    Mumbai person in Delhi (for real) // July 13th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Oye..Dilli is very hot dude. Also, I almost got hit by a Metro section.
    Well, I could have. If I wanted to. I mean, I was in Gurgaon at the time.. but still, you know.

    It’s hot in Dilli yaa.

    And the rickshaws are crap. And the rickshaw wallas were raping people. I saw it.. don’t tell me I didn’t.

    Also, in Mumbai.. we appreciate the generous act of people sharing their hard earned sweat by rubbing against us in a local train.

    Also, since our rickshaws run on meter, they don’t rape anyone.

    Thank you, I’m back to Mumbai today.


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    Shantanu // July 13th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Hmm.. thought provoking it is and I must say that preconceived notions do hurt a lot…
    Racial bias is noticeable all over india, be it a north indian in south, a non bong in kolkata.. very few cities are welcoming and would not mind picking up a racial quarrel at the first oppurtunity..

    I am a bong, born and brought up in North india, who did his studies in Maharashtra and will probably work in the South… I can’t label myself with a state… and am open to abuse everywhere..

    You can call this anything but you know.. its difficult to maintain a positive outlook 24x7x365.. sometimes you have to vent.. not all can form our thoughts into comics.. :)

    Nevertheless, you put a sensitive subject really beautifully and elegantly..

    @Varun: Yeah.. everyone calls them ‘chinki’ and then we call australians evil for calling us ‘smelly indians’…

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    Kanth // July 13th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    awessome comic !! beautifully executed !!!

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    Ava // July 13th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Yeh.. Its as if no original topics are left in the whole world.

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    Sharninder // July 13th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Spot on, as always.

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    Val // July 13th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I get your point but isn’t the whole Delhi vs Mumbai, extrapolating the race thing a bit too much. Racially, they are both the same, after all. This is more a case of Mumbaikers possessed by the slogged to death (Ill)Spirit-of-Mumbai.

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    sunnykris // July 13th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Russel Peters remarked in his outsourced stand-up gig “Indians don’t hate whites, Indians hate each other!”.

    Recently, i got to know that people from villages don’t like their “more” savvy cousins from the cities!! whoa!

    There’s no end to this. Very nice comic Saad. :)

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    Paavani // July 13th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    nicely differentiated

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    nomad // July 13th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    My favourite Delhi vs Mumbai battle always happens in the Rajdhani Exp. As the train enters Bombay in the morning and passes jampacked locals, the Delhi-wallahs inevitably start passing comments which no self respective Bombay-ite (oops Mumbaikar) can digest. And thus he vents is spleen, recounting his horror experiences over the last couple of days in Delhi. The whole exchange, witnessed by me on countless occasions is sure joy to watch ;-)

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    sonal jhuj // July 13th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    thank you for this comic!!

    I’m a fauji kid and I’ve lived in both cities. They’re both equally good and equally bad. And yes, I hate it when people who’re new to a city start trashing it. Enough with the stereotypes. People need to travel more around India to know that it’s all the bloody same :)

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    rahul // July 13th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    well, it’s high time ppl. understand it’s our country on the whole, and every part of it has it’s good and bad!!

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    Yossarian13 // July 13th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Nice work Saad. Like Shantanu, I am also a living symbol of national integration (or differentiation) and hence cant point my finger on which state or community I belong to. So i chose to despise everyone equally. Russell Peters is right. We hate ourselves more than we hate anyone else. We have to be tops there as well. F#@k you whoever you are, wherever you are and mostly importantly wherever you are from. Whats your last name? And mothers maiden name? oh, ok. F#$k you again.

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    Mugdha // July 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    phew…!! wat to say on dis subject! m sick & tired of this delhi-mumbai battle. wat do these city’s ppl want to show off to each other by d way?? r all other cities down market as per their standards?? i think these delhi-mumbai ppl have forgotten that they too live in India as all other humble people do. I myself studied in Kolkata having friends from Mumbai & me being from NCR , this silly debate of Delhi vs Mumbai just never did end. we are ouselves are the biggest racists!

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    Mumbai person in Delhi (for real) // July 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    My FAULT!
    No.. Really, It’s my fault. As I sit here, leeching the free Wi-Fi at Dilli airport, waiting for my last and final boarding call to my homestate, I can’t but wonder, about how much damage I’ve done.

    Ek Saalla Joke.

    3 Years Pehle, I met a chap from Dilli. We were just comparing, you know, for fun, Mumbai and Dilli.
    You see, then, I slept with his girlfriend. I think that made him mad. And from that day forth, Dilli people hate Mumbai people.

    Or I could be lying. Who knows. It’s scary. I scare myself.

    But, seriously, who really compares two cities, and the people from both the cities. And who the hell takes it seriously?

    Facts: Mumbai is noiser, crowdeder, smellier and crampeder than Delhi.
    Facts: Delhi is lecherous, less safe for women, doesn’t have 24 hr electricity, and has murderous buses (and no cheap way to travel from Amar Colony to Gurgaon without being hit by falling metro pillars)

    I may be biased, but like I said earlier.. I make shit up a lot.

    Thank you. flight now delayed.

    Btw, Love Haus Khaz..

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    Mugdha // July 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I think its time we stop scraping the wound now..d more we take upon d subject; the more its going to hit us back. and i dnt think so i d India is fool enough now a days to start fighting over a girl …as it had been like in Mahabharat & Ramayana..!! :)

    Btw. loved Yeoor Hills.

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    mar00ned // July 14th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Sweeet !!!

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    mugdha // July 14th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    @marooned : sweet??

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    The Comic Project // July 15th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hilarious..and true.

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    Leo // August 2nd, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hahahaha… Hilarious!!!

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    Mihir Modi // August 2nd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I’m not sure if the bias is universal. What I’m sure about, though, is that in Bombay, all taxis and riks charge based on the meter reading… you don’t have to fix a price :)

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    Kunal Kapoor // August 14th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    hi all

    i read many commnets about mumbai and delhi. i m basically from delhi but shifted to mumbai 6 yrs back. Mumbai is a great city. no other city compete with mumbai. people respect girls and women in mumbai. they r safe. only roads and infrastructure r good in delhi nothing else. mostly people r from UP in delhi. they have UP type mentallity. girls cant go out side alone after 9 pm in delhi. delhi is just a captial of crime.

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    Shantanu // August 14th, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Saad, I think Kunal deserves a reply from you. :P

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // August 14th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    @Kunal: You are right Kunal. I myself, am from UP but now living in Delhi. I also have a UP type mentality, therefore I do not allow the women of my household to step outside after 9PM (8:30PM on weekends). Anyway by 9PM dinner is cooked, they have no reason to go outside anymore.

    Post dinner I leave house along with my fellow UP bhaiyas to indulge in criminal activities and make Delhi unsafe for people who leave home after 9PM, and disrespect girls who in Mumbai would have been treated with honor.

    So yes, it’s all true. BTW, nice of them to allow internet access at your institution.

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    Amit Singh // August 27th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Oh if Mumbai is so safe for women how come a whole crowd sexually harassed those two women on new years a year or two back? That thing wont happen in Delhi… Rape maybe but a mob only kills in Delhi, doesnt harass rich hot women!!

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    Delhi-6 // August 27th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Please bear with the digression, but am I the only one here who feels it’s the Punjabis who’ve overrun Delhi more than the UP-Bihar tag team?
    Delhi nowadays seems like Raccoon City getting overrun by the zombies that spew Punjabi!
    (don’t flame me mundaas ‘n kudis!)

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    Kunal Kapoor // October 19th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    to amit singh

    are bhai woh 2-3 saal pehle ki baat kab tak bolte rahoge? have u ever heard that “vyapari ki goli markar hatya”, “xxx lakh loote”, “rapes with girls” in mumbai. it all happened in delhi. i m from delhi and living in mumbai from 6 years. thats y i m saying all this abt delhi and mumbai. i love delhi too but people of delhi has violent violent streak, not all but many of them have. dil se nahin dimag se socho jo maine likha hai, then u will feel i m right.

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    Abe tumhari to @#$@% // December 24th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Poverty bhagao, education lao and job dilao. Saale jab dekho ek hi bakwaas, get coonstructive and do somehting fruitful on your part. The system is already so fucked up and you guys “the cream of country” keep on going. Bloody hypocrites. Sala country bhara hai hypcrisy se. Mofos

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // December 24th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    @abe tumhari: I am doing my part of changing the country. One comment at a time.

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    @nb42 // December 24th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Slacktivism FTW!

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    Prabhkumar // December 24th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    God, people are taking it too much serious. Your replies were whipping. After all this comic is one of those with clear unbiased intentions… Cool it, dude. you are good. Have fun.

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    Mohini // December 26th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Im from Mumbai, but was born in Delhi, and feel disconnected from both places equally, and i think this is a pretty accurate presentation of the situation. Screw them both, go Pune!

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    Amit // January 1st, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Simply amazing ! You have an unmatched wit !

    +1 to Delhi…

    and awesome reply to Kumal !

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    aditi // January 9th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    goddamn..another delhi mumbai fight…marathi ppl r so sick of dr marathi manoos status….atleast c we dilliwallahs we welcome everybdy vd open hearts…
    and for all the ppl out their to increase level of your information…maximum autowallahs are from bihar, U.P, for dm delhi is nt dr home..n dy think its good to suck the neighbours guests dn to eye their own women…

    so temme..now wot vl u ppl say??


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    TD // August 11th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    umm, Girl from Mumbai, and this may be a repetition but… here Rickshaws run on Meter, no one ever asks how much to X place as there is just one rate. Maybe it’s a Delhi thing… Also, most auto drivers are from Bihar and UP here as well… More than Marathis anyways. So I don’t know about that debate. hmm..


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