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Noun. April 20, 2015, Word of the Day
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Petromax: Mistress, concubine, 'keep', 'the other woman'

Originates from a paraffin lamp brand 'Petromax' which was used widely in the sub-continent in case of power failure. Has now come to symbolise a man's extra-marital paramour after a much used line in a Kannada Film, courtesy Ananth Nag (who is incidentally late Shankar Nag's brother)

Usage

Sudha: I saw Anil with Preeti in Garuda Mall for the late night movie. Surprising that Anil's wife Sumati was not there!

Kamakshi: Arre, don't you know? Preeti is Anil's petromax. If Sumati knew, she'd make chutney of Preeti and Anil!

Added 2011-07-07 by Dinchak Bulbul

Root

English

Region

Karnataka

Related Terms

Chinna Veedu, Stepney

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March 26, 2015, Video of the Day
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Why Aadhaar Card ? Nagaraju in Interview Video by Danish Sait

Added 2015-03-26 by mainmacha

Related Terms

AADHAR, Kannadoggy

Barsati

\Bur-sah-tee\
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March 23, 2015, Word of the Day
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Barsati is derived from the hindi word "Barsat".
A Barsati is a small rooftop room or usually a one-room apartment on the terrace with a verandah outside.
It is a popular paying guest accomadation in South Delhi as owners usually give Barsatis out on rent on a standalone basis .Likely to be unfurnished.Toilet may not have a bum washer
Primary purposes of a Barsati :Love nest/bachelor(ette) pad /Rich brat's party plot.

Usage

NRI girl to friend: I've found myself a wonderful Barsati in Hauz Khaz for 8 grand.I can sit out and have chai during the rains.When my Romanian boyfriend visits India,we both will sit and sip coffee on the ledge.He'll surely love Delhi and India,if he stays in a Barsati!
Added 2011-10-11 by Behenjigaga

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Places

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Noun. March 6, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

Hemp or marijuana taken in liquid form, usually with milk. Bhang is usually drunk during the festival of holi.

Usage

Do not drink bhang and drive or you will crash up
Added 2011-07-26 by porkipaya

Root

Hindi

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

Mal, ganja, potlam

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Pan Swad

\paan sw-aad\
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Noun. February 28, 2015, Word of the Day
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A pink coloured candy which tastes like paan. It was really popular back in the 80's and was the main market competitor of Paan Pasand.

Usage

Ram: Hey, do you know how Pan Swad is made?
Vijay (with a Pan Swad in his mouth): No re, tell me na.
Ram: It's made with the spit of paan eaters.
Vijay: Chee!
Added 2014-05-07 by Baba-G

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Food and Drink

lau

Noun. February 13, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

Originally derived from the digga pronunciation of the English word "love", it has now wholly eclipsed the English word in usage and meaning.

Now it is a Kannada slang word meaning "romantic intent" but carrying more suggestive overtones. Road-side Romeos distinguish this word from a similar yet orthogonal word dau which means "lustful intent" and is more anatomical in execution.

The gap between lau and dau is the saga of frustruated youth in Bangalore.

Usage

He thinks it's dau; she thinks it's lau. How will this end.. Govinda, Govinda!

"What is lau? What is lau? Baby don't heart me... Baby don't heart me... No more" (Haddaway, in India)

"Lau me or hate me, kiss me or kill me... Oh doorling please do something to me" (Dr. Rajkumar, in Europe)
Lau me or Hate me YouTube Video

Added 2011-07-02 by Kannadoggy
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Garibi mein atta geela

\The dough is runny in poverty\
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Phrase. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day
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In adversity, everything takes a bad turn. Literally means, "the dough is runny in poverty." Atta is the word for dough, typically used to make rotis and chappatis.

Usage

Used during worse situation within life. Actually means that in bad phase, everything goes out of control. A small amount of additional water will spoil the meal of a poor person who has limited flour to make bread.

Example: Arrey, what to tell you, yaar? Lost my job. My car was in an accident. Son in US has been layed off. Then, lost my wife to a younger man. Garibi mein atta geela *sigh.

Added 2011-08-26 by Dino

Republic Day

\Republic Day\
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Noun. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

The 26th of January is "Republic Day" in India, and generally is a day to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the whole country on the same day in 1950. Much soul-searching still goes on about whether the ideals in the constitutional preamble are lived up to, 63 or so years later, but we leave that more complex discussion for other sofa sadhus. It's a public holiday, after all, so let's all chillax.

Republic Day is celebrated with great pomp in Dilli, where an impressive parade takes place around the India Gate area, featuring floats, military men and women, and impressive mustachioed baton-twirlers, some even wearing kilts. As an eng bai, it would thrill the heart of this definer to see elephants, camels, and horses pass by during the parade, along with tanks and jeeps and colourful representatives from all over the country.

Now of course, a not-so-very eng bai might decide that watching the parade on TV makes him feel morose and lonely and pensive, given all that the country has been through recently. So then he decides that watching it while sipping IMFL would really be living well, except he then realizes that Republic Day is a state-mandated Dry Day, so no such luck. So he watches the parade feeling morose and lonely and pensive, and tries hard to remember when the pageantry of it all would sweep him away.

Usage

Macha, let's go to Coorg to visit Thimmi, no? We'll get a long weekend because of Republic Day. And I'll buy thanni for our trip, don't worry about the dry day naansense.
Added 2013-01-24 by mainmacha

Root

English

Region

All India

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Noun. January 22, 2015, Word of the Day
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An important day on the Indian calendar, Makar Sankranti (also known as Makar Sankrant) signifies the start of the harvest season in India, though it is celebrated in many ways all over the country. This day marks the gradual increase of daytime after winter, and is therefore considered to be the start of a new auspicious period. In Punjab, the eve of Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri.

This harvest festival goes by many names in different parts of the subcontinent, and in each region it is celebrated with distinct rituals and traditions. (See Wikipedia for details of customs followed in various states on this day) The most famous image of Makar Sankranti has come to be the thousands of colourful kites that are flown by Gujaratis all over Gujarat to mark the occassion.

Etymology : 'Makar' refers to the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Thus, Makar Sankranti denotes the changing path of the sun into the house of Capricorn.

Usage

Unlike other Indian festivals, Makar Sankranti always falls on the 14th of January each year.
Added 2012-01-14 by Surdie Birdie

Root

Multiple

Region

India

Related Terms

Lohri
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Adjective. January 15, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

useless, incompetent, object of ridicule

Usage

What do you think of that Ashu chap, yaar?

Total cartoon, yaar. Also a dim bulb.

Added 2011-09-17 by whatthehell

Root

English

Region

All India

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@Ashes, you just click the inverted ThumsUp sign. Currently, we've got a bit of a bug counting clicks, but it works out in the end. Why yuvar giving thumsdown and all, btw?

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