A biryani emoji might be coming to your phones
This is probably the first time you’re reading the words ‘biryani’ and ‘not happy’ together in a sentence. Do you feel the horror? Do you feel the pain? It’s like I have an elaichi in my mouth and I can’t throw it away. Wo wala dard.
There was a campaign to bring a biryani emoji that was started by students in India
This November, hundreds of students in New Delhi took to the streets to protest for the inclusion of a biryani emoji. According to reports, they dressed as chickens and lambs and they asked their food to be represented in the same way as cuisines of other cultures are (sushi, tacos). They are moving to push the Unicode Consortium (the organization responsible for making and issuing emojis) to make a new Biryani emoji.
After all that campaigning, this is what the proposed biryani emoji might look like
As a Karachiite, I have taken personal offense over this. Matlab wot iz?
I mean, I am happy at the fact that we are (finally) getting the representation globally that is our due, but yaar? A bit more effort would have been highly appreciated by all of us, no? This seems more like a halfhearted attempt to shut us up.
It seems like most people agree with me
☝🏽 Not biryani ☝🏽
👇🏽 Biryani 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/GHA0r3xwmO
— 🎄 (@UroojZia) December 9, 2019
The debate about which biryani is better, Sindhi or Memoni or Deghi or Dilliwalli or the many more we have aside, that emoji does not look like ANY biryani we’ve ever had.
Have you ever had biryani in a bowl? And a soup bowl at that?
Biryani isn’t served in a Ramen bowl. Where’s the platter and the meat?
— Khizra (@KhizM) December 9, 2019
It keeps getting weirder and weirder…
Someone even pointed out how it looks like a zarda more than it looks like a biryani
Zarday me Jo asharfian dalty hen. Ye Zarda he
— ShaGgy 💤 (@khankakarzai) December 9, 2019
And now we can’t unsee it
Honestly, we hadn’t even paid attention to that green dot before.
Others are proposing what this emoji looks like and it’s almost everything but an actual biryani
Fruit trifle in Desi Wedding NOT BIRYANI pic.twitter.com/nPJYQIsIaJ
— Zen (@CoffeeeLad) December 9, 2019
umm… yeah. It could just be that. Of all things, our infamous fruit trifle is getting emoji representation.
And for those who are Pulao army over Biryani
This doesn't even pass for a bad pulao. https://t.co/4u2dLbilOT
— 🧜🏽♂️ (@omgasad) December 10, 2019
We can safely say, NO-ONE IS HAPPY!
Imagine having biryani and sending this emoji to someone
Only for them to go “abey saalay”
Those are our thoughts (and they are not happy thoughts *cough*). Do you think that emoji looks like biryani? And more than that, would you eat Biryani like that?! Let us know in the comments below.
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