The definitive guide to South Asian lingo
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Phrase. June 21, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

A greeting to all Muslims at the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan (for some reason we call it 'Ramzan' in India), is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

According to the Qur'an, fasting is obligatory for all Muslims. It is intended to teach Muslims patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims all around the world will abstain from food and drink & fast from dawn to sunset. At sunset, the family will gather for the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar. The meal starts with the eating of a date, & quickly proceeds to belting down all the most lazzatdaar delicacies known to mankind! Then it's time for the Maghrib prayer, which is the fourth of the five daily prayers, after which the main meal is served, & you? Belt again of course!

To a non-Muslim, Ramadan is when YOU also mustinshould fast most of the day, otherwise how you will accomodate all the Iftar invitations that come pouring in!

Ramadan Kareem, boys & girls! May it bring generosity in thought & deed.


*Most of the formal definition is courtesy Wikipedia.

Usage

Ramadan Kareem, Jami! I am invited for iftar at your house evvvveryday right? Phew, thangod! For 1 month my life is blisssss!
Added 2011-08-01 by poori

Root

Hindi

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Noun. June 14, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

A fairly elaborate paired-off hand-clapping game, played mostly by girls, ending in a challenge to stay as still as possible. Read below for "lyrics" (caveat: the version you remember may be different in minor points from the version I've reproduced below; kindly adjust.)

Usage

Uma Joshi, yay yay yay
My mother she told me a-sixty years ago
There came an old man knocking at the door
With an ooh aah
I want some pah (pie)
The pie is sweet
i want some meat
The meat is rough
I want to go by bus
The bus is full
I want to ride a bull
The bull is fat
I want my money back
The money is green
I want some cherry beans
The cherry beans are red
I want to go to bed
The bed is white
I want to say good night...

GOOD NIGHT STATUE!

Added 2011-08-11 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Sports & Games

Terms referencing this

Aao Melo Shelo Shaalo, Ip-Dip-Dip
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Adjective. June 12, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

Half-murder: An unsuccessful attempt at murder; largely used by the local rowdy elements to indicate a near-death encounter or a severe physical bashing.

Usage

Loose Mada: What happened to your hand, Macha? Why plaster?
Mental Manja: Macha, what to say! that Koli Fayaz spotted me in Kalasipalyam last week and he and his goonda boys thulped me.. almost like half-murder da, macha :(
Added 2011-07-08 by Dinchak Bulbul

Root

English

Region

India

Terms referencing this

Mulder

Bobbaal

\Bobba...aal\
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Adjective. May 7, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

A resounding, almost romanticizing way of saying "Wonderful", or "Great !" or "Awesome !"(closest literal match)... typically used in informal setting by guys mostly, to describe achievement, beauty, even taste of food...

Usage

Usage -
General: "Bobbaal (heichi) be" (That's (That thing is) awesome dude !)

Food: "Mutton ta bobbaal heithila" (The mutton was wonderful)

Descibe male/female beauty: "Toka/Toki ta bobaal heithila" (The guy/girl was fabulous) - a bit offensive, not spoken to the person directly.

Added 2015-05-07 by Panda Babu

Root

Oriya

Region

Orissa

Related Terms

badhiya hai!
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Noun. April 20, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

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

Videos and Images

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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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Definition

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

Terms referencing this

do you have boyfriends?
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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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Definition

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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