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Social Media Is Abuzz With All These India-Centric Emojis, And Some Are Really Funny

Updated on 11 February, 2019 at 3:02 pm By

There’s good news for all those avid WhatsApp users as 59 new emoji — 230 if you count all of the gender and skin tone variations – will be coming to your smartphone this year. Unicode Consortium, the organisation that approves and standardises emojis, has approved them for platforms such as iOS and Android. There is no doubt that these emojis lean heavily towards inclusion and diversity.


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There are over 70 emojis in which two people holding hands are shown depicting people of all genders and skin tones. Some of these emojis are also for gender-neutral people. Moreover, the new lot also has emojis for differently-abled people depicting wheelchair-bound, blind, deaf or hearing impaired, and people with artificial limbs.

 

And there are also some that are India-centric. The new batch includes an autorickshaw emoji, an emoji for saris, a garlic, diyas (earthen lamps), among others. Clearly, Indians are pretty excited to use them.

And as expected social media in India is abuzz with all these new additions and there are already plenty of jokes of course. So take a look at some of them:

Garlic

 

This is one of the emoji dedicated to food. There was no surprise that there was a funny side of it.

 

 

Sari

 

There are also new clothing emojis, including a one-piece swimsuit, a sari, and a safety vest. However, as per the netizens, it was way beyond an actual sari looks like. Take a look at these reactions:



 

Auto-Rickshaw

 

There is no doubt that an auto-rickshaw is omnipresent all across India. However, given that most are irked by the behaviour of rickshaw drivers, many tweeted hilariously. See these:

 


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As part of Emoji 12.0 release, these emojis are likely roll out to users in September or October. Despite the fact that there has been a big push to add more inclusive emojis, many feel Unicode Consortium could do more.

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