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Differences Between Punjabi and Gujarati

Punjabi vs Gujarati

When delineating the differences between Punjabi and Gujarati, the distinctions are great and easy to recognize. It is like comparing a French dude from an English guy. To begin with, they are separated geographically. The state of Punjab lies on the western part of India while Gujarat thrives in the northern part. People from Punjab are called Punjabi, and those who are residents of Gujarat are aptly called Gujarati. What is similar among them is that both states have been great contributors to the growth and development of the economy of India. Both have been great producers of varied and different agricultural products which has given India the strong economic presence it is enjoying today. The State of Punjab has been the key for the production of rice and wheat, a basic food group for a lot of Asian countries. Gujarat, on the other hand, has been on the front line in the production of textiles and milk. Both may have been agriculturally active in helping boost India’s economy; however, their products differ giving India a strategic place in agricultural prowess.

Today, Gujaratis are priding themselves as the pioneering state on the forefront of the industrial revolution. A large percentage of India’s GDP came from the state of Gujarat. This has been because one of the most vital energy sources in the world is being mined in the state of Gujarat. Refining plants for oil and petroleum and even facilities to maximize natural gas can be found in Gujarat. Gujaratis are also enjoying high employment rates as well. Today, 90 percent of their population is relying on electricity to run the homes, facilities, and jobs. Furthermore, when you enter every home in the state, you would find it to be connected to the Internet.

Distinctively, Punjab is a state of hardworking and diligent people. They have been blessed with an agriculturally rich vast track of land. A large percentage of the Indian population rely on Punjab for the rice and grains produced since 80 percent of these are farmed on their lands. Punjabis are also business-minded people taking the reins of leading in agricultural-based businesses and even in transport.

Today, both Gujarati and Punjabi are widespread globally. However, their preference in geography also varies. A lot of Punjabis reside in the United Kingdom and even in Canada. On the other hand, Gujaratis prefer living in the United States of America and the continent of Australia. Many Gujaratis are also excelling in the academic fields such as in engineering and medicine. However, both have been excelling in business globally.

Another distinct difference between the two can also be noted in the lifestyles they lead and adhere to. The Hindu religion guides a Gujarati’s lifestyle, beliefs, and customary traditions.  Hindus adhere to being vegetarian and look after the sacredness of living things. Punjabis are followers of the Sikh religion. Their people’s wardrobe includes wearing a turban constantly.  The languages spoken by Gujaratis and Punjabis have also different and dissimilar origins.

Distinctively, the Punjabi language is a bit thunderous and loud and, in some cases, rudimentary and basic. Comparably, the Gujarati language is temperate, restrained, and even somber. The staple foods between the two are also distinct. Because Punjabis are vegetarian, their most common dish is “sarson da sag” and “di roti” which are purely vegetarian without meat.
Punjabis are mostly vegetarian. Their most famous food, “sarson da sag,” a popular curry made from the leaves of the mustard plant and some spices and “makai di roti” a cornmeal-based food is a pure vegetarian’s delight.

A famous Punjabi personality in history is Manmohan Singh which served as the Prime Minister of India. For the Gujarati, their prestigious celebrity is none other than Mahatma Gandhi himself.


  1. Gujaratis and Punjabis reside in different parts of India: the Gujaratis in Gujarat and the Punjabis in Punjab.
  2. Gujaratis pride themselves as those at the forefront of the industrial revolution. Meanwhile, Punjabis are more agriculturally inclined.
  3. Gujaratis are followers of Hinduism while Punjabis are inclined to Sikhism.
  4. The Gujarati language is more somber than the Punjabi language.

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  1. What you have written in the first para, “The state of Punjab lies on the western part of India while Gujarat thrives in the northern part” is actually just the opposite – Actually Gujarat is in the west and Punjab is in the north of India.

  2. This article is spreading false information. It says ‘punjabis are followers of the sikh religion’. This is incorrect and promotes ignorance. Almost 40 percent of punjabis are hindu. There are also a number of muslims and a smaller amount of christians which live in punjab but the main religions in Indian Punjab are hinduism and sikhism.

  3. punjabi is a language and a culture. it is not divided into another culture, it is connected to sikhism but is just a bit different to it. Punjabis ARE followers of the sikh religion and only the sikh religion. Thankyou:)

  4. The question was “Differences Between Punjabi and Gujarati”. It means the Punjabi language and the Gujarati language. It does not mean Punjab and Gujarat (the states). It also does not mean Punjabis or Gujaratis (the people). It also does not mean the foods, cultures, or religions. The Differences Between Punjabi and Gujarati means the two languages, and it has no other meaning. This article contains only this single small comment about the languages: “The languages spoken by Gujaratis and Punjabis have also different and dissimilar origins. Distinctively, the Punjabi language is a bit thunderous and loud and, in some cases, rudimentary and basic. Comparably, the Gujarati language is temperate, restrained, and even somber.”

  5. Gujrat where males behave like females. And females behave like men …. Ha ha it’s Ture .. one more thing .. gujrati people mostly trapped in Karam kaad type of things but Punjabi don’t give a shit to them … Getting all this by living in Gujarat for 2 years

    • Gujaratio ke bare me aapki research ekdum ghatiya he

    • Such ignorant comments. Nasty too. Shame on you. What’s your agenda with telling lies about Gujaratis? Surely Indians should stick together esp the ones living in U.K.? why do you think Punjabi Sikhs are better?

      The Sikhs I’ve met are polite and open to being friends with Gujarati people. Many even inter marry in the U.K. my sister is married to a sikh man by the way. It’s accepted in U.K. because we are both quite similar, yes there are differences but that’s good because we learn and share different things. At Diwali for example my sister cooks vegetarian food whereas her husband cooks his North Indian style kebabs . We welcome all this diverse and tasty food.. Their 3 children get the best of both cultures. I don’t see any losers here except the likes of you

      You don’t represent the views of most Sikhs.

    • Aa kabhi kathiyavad me bsdk

  6. Punjabis are tall, strong, progressive, open-minded and are powerful warriors with generous hearts.
    Gujus are short, dark, ugly, greedy and cowardly dishonest losers who only care about money and attacking minorities in gangs.
    Punjabis are loved by all globally, whereas the moment someone heres the name “Patel”, they run for the hills with a nosepeg.

    • You are ignorant and divisive. You’re also telling lies.

      you look at stats – it’s Gujarati people especially with surname Patel who are the most successful, rich and educated Indians. In U.K for instance, the Gujarati people live in the best neighbourhoods, are mostly professionals, the best educated Indians and the private schools are full of Gujarati children. The surname Patel Commands huge respect in the U.K. it’s only ignorant people who think otherwise. unless ofcourse they’re jealous.

      In Parliament, there are two Gujarati members in the cabinet. If you do further research you will see more successful and famous Gujaratis.

      Punjabis in UK are hard workers and home owners . But they tend to be builders, small business owners and live in poor areas.

      Punjabi Sims are less successful than Gujarati Hindus but more successful than any Indian Muslims. You can lie but statistics don’t!

      Not all Punjabis are tall and not all Gujaratis are dark and short. For the record I’ve seen plenty of dark and short Punjabis (does not mean they’re ugly) and plenty of tall and fair Gujaratis (doesn’t make them superior).

    • You’ve contradicted yourself so many times in your comments. That’s a big indication that you’re not very intelligent.
      You start by saying you guys are generous and open minded etc. Then you say the most hateful things about Gujaratis. That’s one example of you contradicting yourself.

      The fact you have told big lies is not good either. What’s with us beating people up? Last time I checked Gujaratis are busy getting on with their lives like getting good jobs and making sure their kids do well at school and abiding by U.K. laws. . We have no time or desire to beat others up. While I’m at it we don’t commit crimes or over focus on our religion. We are one of the best integrated Indians in Britain.

      Utter shame on you

  7. I have visited Punjab for a few days, a great experience of life. The Sikh religious people were caring and loving, it was a great time there. The land is fertile, people are healthy. The Sikh religious people are the most caring people for the hungry world, GOD has blessed them in a special way for their divine spirit of charity towards the hungry world. Visited the Golden Temple, the songs were deeply touching. I am a Christian by birth and faith, I felt greater spiritual enlightenment being with the Sikh religious people, also the visit at the Golden Temple. GOD BLESS THEM.

  8. I am learning about the culture and traditions of India and all the comments give me a clearer idea of what I am looking for. Thanks to everyone

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