7 Hilarious Misconceptions About Odiyas

Being an Odiya, living in Gurgaon brings some very interesting perspectives to the table. To say the very least, I have actually been asked these questions and I’m constantly amused at what people think of us as a subculture. At the end of the day, it always makes for a good story.

Q1. But you’re so fair, how can you be from Odisha?

What exactly are we supposed to look like? Us Odiya folks are predominantly dusky, I know, but there’s variety everywhere people.

Q2. Do you speak Odissi at home?

Yes I speak in Odissi at home and Kathakali at work. Odissi is a dance form guys. The language is Odiya.

Q3. (When someone overhears you talking on the phone) Are you speaking in Assamese?

Just because it sounds like Assamese, doesn’t mean it is. As a language Odiya sounds similar to Bengali, Assamese, Nepali and Gujarati.

Q4. What sort of a surname is Pati?

“Hi Ria Pati, where’s you’re Patni hahahahah” Seriously? (no doubt its funny :P)

Q5. Check it out, I can speak some Oriya, “Khabo jabo peebo!”

Make it stop. Its Kaibaw, Peebaw, Jibaw. We’re quiet different from Bongs. We’re all Aw’s they’re all O’s.

Q6. Oh so you’re South Indian?

Yes and you need Geography 101.

Q7. Isn’t Odisha a backward state?

Its almost like meeting an Indian and saying “Oh so you’re from a third world country!”



  1. So you are an Odia, but you speak Hindi or English so fluently! Like, seriously! How come our geographic locations is supposed to determine our abilities? Don’t we have schools in here?!! Get a life people!

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  2. Hahaa! Awesome… Especially the “you are so fair…you cant be from odisha” n “khabo peebo” ROFL 😀 Literally happening my entire life. Thank u for making me laugh so much

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  3. Good observations!
    I would like to add a few. Don’t know how relevant it seems to you, but
    1. A lot of them still pronounce the name as ‘Udisa’. Even after you tell them “Odisha bolte hain”, they’ll continue with ‘Udisa’. Hardwired I guess!
    2. ‘Udisa’ wale to maach machli bahut jyada (or probably daily) khaate honge? Add to that tum log to har time rice hi khaate hoge? (BTW I’m a vegetarian and prefer roti to rice, therefore I’m more prone to such stereotypes) 😀


  4. Great list of observations! I have yet another weird one to add : “oh so you’re from Odisha! I’ve seen on TV that women wear sarees there without a blouse.” Like seriously, that’s all you got from the visuals of Mile Sur Mera Tumhara?!


  5. Another problem facing in surname BEHERA,
    Things like “what’s your surname BEHERA is that mean DEAF” . Guys 1 thing clear out that it’s BEHERA NOT BEHRA


  6. Cant agree more. Staying in Gurgaon I have been asked questions like, Tumhare yahan hindi gaane bajte hai?, U know how to read hindi?, wahan toh OLA uber kuch nahn hoga, tum log ghumte kaise ho?


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