In Pakistan “burger” is a catch all, slightly derogatory term used to describe oversensitive, overemotional and overprotected/ive families whose fear of the world infringes on their enjoyment of daily life. It presumably originated with the idea that “burger families” would always eat at hamburger restaurants and eat Western-style food at home, so their little darlings wouldn’t suffer the alarming effects of chilli or questionable hygiene standards.
I’ve held debates in classes before about whether children (“bacche”) nowadays are overprotected, and whether this “protection” from the dangers of the world is harming their experience of life’s highs and lows. Yes, protection of children is important, but do we really want to raise a generation of hapless robots who experience only a sanitised version of reality?
As someone who loves to live and experience, I refuse to allow fear or discomfort to dictate how I live, especially when “burger” complaints usually pertain to simple facts of life. I’m not one to say “be a man”… but sometimes we need to live a little! Here are my favourite burger complaints;
“It’s too hot to go out”
“This pool is too unhygienic”
“This food is too spicy”
“This road/city is too dangerous at night”
“Shaving with a blade is too dangerous”
“The city/bus/train is too crowded”
“This bus is too crowded”
“Fasting in Ramadan is too difficult”
“The people on this bus are too low class”
“Riding a bike/motorbike/scooter is too dangerous”