I belong to IIT Guwahati, normally referred to as IITG. In IITG, if you could ever find something in conspicuous abundance, it’d be the Telugu individuals. The proportion of the Telugu population is even greater than that of native Assamese, and for that matter, much greater than that of all other regions combined. It is often rumored that there runs a dedicated train between Hyderabad and IITG before the start and after the end of every semester, but I can confirm this to be a mere hoax. After all, appearance can be deceptive!
In IITG, you find Telugus anywhere, and everywhere – tall, short and average height Telugus; dark, fair and wheatish Telugus; Telugus clad in shirts (which are either tucked-in or left out; latter case is almost certain) and T-shirts (colors ranging from fluorescent yellow to fluorescent green to fluorescent red to even sober colors) – all kinds and every variety of them, walking/standing/eating, sometimes alone but mostly in a flock (the flock is sometimes doped with one or two or rarely, more number of unfortunate non-Telugu person(s)), conversing in Telugu (the language), oblivious of the fact that the non-Telugu person(s) can’t make any sense of a single sound uttered by them so hastily. Certainly, it’s not their fault that the non-Telugus are dumb enough to not able to even understand Telugu sounds, especially when most of Telugus can very well understand, and accordingly reply to, all commonly used Hindi invectives. And thus, Telugus smartly make their distinct presence felt, which otherwise might have gone unnoticed.
Telugus are distinct from non-Telugus in various other ways and if not all, almost all Telugus follow same behavioral patterns. For instance, they all have same nourishment and nutritional requirements. In fact, their eating habits are also similar to a remarkable degree. Most Telugu girls require same toiletries (including, but not essentially limited to, Mysore Sandal Soap) for their beautification and skin cleansing. All Telugus share a great fascination dedicated to Tollywood music, Tollywood movies (notably Nuvve Kavalli) and even Tollywood news.
They all can produce, and they do produce 90% of the time, similar loud sound patterns to communicate. These sound patterns require demanding skills like showing-teeth-to-the-gums, to be delivered in proper style and accent. Having these skills grants them the natural ability to create many effects, like making the conversation dramatic, animated and mechanical all at the same time, which otherwise are quite impossible to achieve. These skills and the additional abilities acquired because of these are so deeply instilled into the personality of Telugu people, that these are manifested even when Telugus try to converse in languages other than Telugu itself, enriching the delivering style of such languages. With the ability acquired to produce such complex and demanding sound patterns, Telugus have the knack of ushering out any of the lesser mortals lingering around.
Not only that, when it comes to dressing-sense, Telugus share such great an understanding, which can only be hoped by any other civilized society. And when it comes to colors, they discard all petty notions like “only suitable to a particular individual”, depicting their wide thinking and excellent sense of “equal opportunity for all” ideology. A male’s wardrobe is often judged with the number of fluorescent colored T-shirts – the higher the better; and a female’s dressing-sense is judged by the stiffness of clothes in her wardrobe of casuals, again, the more the stiffness of her casuals, the higher her dressing-sense is ranked. But you can’t fool Telugus by the mere presence of such clothes in your wardrobe; such clothes must be used regularly to prove their existence.
For all of these distinctions and thousands more, which I find myself unable to write for the sheer typing effort, a Telugu individual is often referred, at least in IITG, by an equally distinct and genuine name – “Gult”.
I am not aware of the origin and the first usage of this term or of the wise person who coined it, but am however, aware of the novel concepts behind it and therefore, its simple and elegant derivation. People with good analytical skills, reasoning power and imagination would find it but natural.
Okay then, we’ll start with “Telugu” itself. Let’s write down the sacred word and take all the consonants along with any following vowels. What we get is:
“telugu” = “te” + “lu” + “gu”
Let’s invert the order assuming that the ‘+’ operator is commutative (i.e., a + b = b + a):
“te” + “lu” + “gu” = “gu” + “lu” + “te”
Get rid of any redundant alphabets (redundancy elimination):
“gu” + “lu” + “te” ≈ “gu” + “l” + “te”
Now, we join the result of previous operations, in order (string concatenation):
“gu” + “l” + “te” = “gulte”
And here comes the trickiest part: try saying “GULTE” loud. Does it sound good? Nopes, it doesn’t. In fact, it wasn’t meant to. But we can make it sound a bit better. So, where’s the problem in it? If you try some variations of articulation possibilities, you’ll find that dropping the ‘E’ would be most rewarding. So we drop the ‘E’ and get the result:
“gulte” ≈ “gult”
Summing it all together:
= “te” + “lu” + “gu”
= “gu” + “lu” + “te”
≈ “gu” + “l” + “te”
DISCLAIMER: These words are relevant only to the gults of IITG. Any other Telugu person offended by my words should consider it only a poor joke.