Three ways Pakistan resembles North India, and why South India is an entirely different world!

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132 India Pakistan Flag Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStockApart from religion, Pakistan and India have much in common than we have in differences.

Our cultures, languages, ethnic groups, and traditions often overlap across each other’s borders.

However, when we talk about similarities between Pakistan and India, we often equate North India with our beloved Pakistan and completely ignore South India — a totally different world!

Here are three ways Pakistan resembles North India and why South India is entirely different from its northern regions!


Most people in North India and Pakistan speak languages that stem from the Indo-Iranian language group.

More precisely, both countries speak the languages of the Indic branch of the Indo-Iranian language group, such as Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), Punjabi, Sindhi, Saraiki, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, and others.

A map of where the Indic or the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-Iranian language group is spoken.

It is pertinent to note that Pashto and Balochi are part of the Indo-Iranian language group, but they are part of the Iranic branch, not Indic.

On the other hand, people in South India speak languages that stem from the Dravidian language group.

Some of these languages include Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and others.

Interestingly, the Brahui language is an isolated Dravidian language spoken in the central part of Balochistan.

The Dravidian languages.


A South Indian thali.

The Pakistani and North Indian cuisine is somewhat similar, but it also has its differences.

For example, Pakistani food is meatier while North Indian food is spicier.

Nevertheless, the two neighboring northern regions have much in common compared to their fellow southern region of the subcontinent.

The grain of choice in Pakistan and North India is wheat. This is why roti is a food staple in these regions.

Chapati roti.

Likewise, naan and tandoor-style cooking are common in these regions.

On the other hand, the grain of choice in South India is rice, which is used as a staple food in these regions.


The cuisine of Pakistan and North India is heavily influenced by the Muslim invading forces throughout centuries.

The dishes, which Pakistan and North India jointly cherish, are Nihari, butter chicken, palak paneer, and others.

North Indian/Pakistani butter chicken.

The cuisine of Pakistan and North India consists of butter and ghee quite at times.

On the other hand, South Indians use coconut milk a lot in their cuisines.

The food in South India is tropical and spicier than that in the northern regions.

South Indian dosa.

Popular South Indian dishes include dosa, thali, upma, uttapam, idli, vada, appam, rasam, and others.

Perspective on how to live

Yes, compared to South India, Pakistan and North India have much in common on how to live.

Pakistani and North Indian cities are much more crowder and dirtier. The people here are usually concerned about themselves, and there is little sense of communal responsibility.

The city of Dehli looks similar to Lahore — its sister city from the Mughal times.

Due to the resistance and later assimilation into the invading forces, Pakistanis and North Indians are very passionate about sensitive things like ethnicity and religion.

On the other hand, people in South India are much calmer, and the overall vibe in the cities is relaxed and cleaner.

Somewhere in Alappuzha, Kerala, in South India.

People in South India lay great emphasis on education, and therefore, there is a less communal rift in the region than in the north.

No wonder South India is much more developed than Pakistan or North India.

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  • I have worked with people from India. The observation that southern Indians are calmer in demeanor And give high priority to education is generally true.

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