“Ughich Kashala?” The Two Words That Kill All Maharashtrian Dreams

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“Ughich Kashala?” The Two Words That Kill All Maharashtrian Dreams

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s a seven-year-old on a family vacation in Rohtang, I proposed to build a small snowman. “Ughich kashala,” my mother asked me. I didn’t realise it then but it was a profound question that has stayed, not just with me, but with my entire Marathi community.

In the eternal Battle of My Community is Better than Yours, everyone has enough arsenal to use against the other. Punjabis grow up with weddings that don’t end. Marwaris grow up with families that don’t end. Maharashtrians grow up with a measured cynicism that doesn’t end. It’s expressed in two simple words: Ughich kashala?

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