The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

We have the boon of a year-long festival season, allowing you numerous opportunities to visit your native: you may be a young boy, waiting to see if your first love condemns you to fraternal frustration during Rakhi; you may affectionately bid someone Ramadan Kareem! and feast after fasting; on Xmas you may eat too much dukra mass; or, you may stand with mouth agape during a Diwali mela, watching the tamasha on stage while your nemesis taunts you with pataka items. The point being, there's no paucity of divine reasons to take chutti, whether you're a God-fearing sort of person or not. So relax and pass around some laddus. If your emdee complains, point with reverence to the skies and remind him that God only knows.

Boom

\b.om\
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The activity of smoking a thick bark of malana cream, over an Indian cigar.

Usage

Sridhar: "b.om"
Padmini: "b.om!"
*Boom*
Added 2013-06-27 by planemad

Root

Multiple

Related Terms

Boom Shankar!

Sandhyavandanam

\Sun-dhyaa-vun-dhanam\
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Regular prayers that have to be done every sunrise and sunset by poonal-potta Brahmins (i.e. Brahmins with Sacred Thread). The threading ceremony is called Upanayanam. The most important part of Sandhyavandanam is the Gayatri Mantra, which is top secret.

Usage

Mother to relatives: We recently put poonal for him. (pointing at son)
Relatives: Sandhyavandanam Pannariya? (Are you doing Sandhyavandanam?)
Added 2013-06-08 by Cooldude

Root

Sanskrit

Region

Tamilnadu

Related Terms

Japam

Manglik

\Maang-lick\
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Noun. September 24, 2014, Word of the Day
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Sometimes, it's possible to simply be born at the wrong time. Here, one doesn't mean born during the wrong era, though one can wish fervently that Brian Lara could have played in the era of T20 games and minted a fortune, or have competed more with Sachin Tendulkar for cricket glory. No, one means, say, that you were born on July 20, 1982 (Prince William) or November 1, 1973 (Aishwarya Rai). Timings are everything, whether we're talking about gents timings or ladies timings. You see, both Aishwarya Rai and Prince William are mangliks, born in the condition of Mangal Dosha, which is an astrological combination that occurs if Mars is in the 1st,2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house of the Vedic astrology Ascendant chart. Then, gone case only. This has been proved by Vedic Science.

If you are a manglik, the angry astral effects of Mars will, according to Vedic astrology, make you a terrible spouse. You will sow disharmony in your wake. Your husband or wife might die. You yourself are virtually a walking soocide case. But wait! All is not lost. There is a cure.

If you marry a tree first, such as a Peepal tree, and then have it cut, OR marry a matka and then have it broken, the ill effects of your astrally doomed birthday are negated. Or, if you marry another manglik, the negative vibes you both exert on each other will cancel each other out. One doesn't know how this works egjactly, but one supposes that two fiery Martians experience what one can only read about in books (see kamasutra for a brief overview).

So, to summarize: two mangliks in love? Good. One manglik loving a non-manglik? Sadly, this is a formula for lau failure, unless you first find an aboreal roadside romeo, marry your dau off to it, then kill the tree. It's complicated, but what to say? WALTO.

Usage

Dishoom Dishoom: Would you marry Aishwarya Rai, even though she's manglik?
Mainmacha: Mad or what? Of course I would. All you have to do is find a tree...
Dishoom Dishoom: You do realize that she's already married, right? And that I was asking a hypothetical question? And that you continue to be a bachelor? And that your prospects lessen with every passing year?
Mainmacha: Fine, find me the tree.
Added 2013-06-07 by mainmacha

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India

Related Terms

brahmin, Vedic Science

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Another 'gate' has emerged since Coalgate. Basically a rich Indian family (the Gupta brothers) in South Africa took Indian wedding extravagance to the next level and chartered a private jet for their guests. They had so much pull that they got special perm to land the jet on a military base near the capital, Pretoria.

We don't find this that surprising. Our regular aam aadmi types are known to have elephants, 500 person gueslists and five thousand plates of gajar ka halwa at their weddings; so a little extra dhinchak at a rich mans wedding with Bollywood stars, government officials and privileged access to air strips is de rigueur

Usage

"The South African Civil Aviation Authority has fined India’s Jet Airways R80,000 ($8,800) after a chartered Airbus A330 carrying wedding guests from India to Sun City landed at a nearby military airport without permission and proper paperwork.

The incident has locally become known as “Guptagate” as the charter was organized by the wealthy and politically connected Gupta family, owners of TNA Media in Midrand, South Africa."

Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

South Africa

Related Terms

aam aadmi, Dhinchak, Pull, Coalgate

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Male circumcision.

Usage

Fakhru: Why ra Eddy, you were AWOL from school for past four days. Your Khatna aa?
Added 2013-05-01 by Khajoor

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Urdu

Region

South Asia
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Yugadi is the New Year's festival for people of the Deccan Region of India (Karnataka, Maharashtra, AP, Tamil Nadu & Kerala).

It's name comes from the Sanskrit words yuga ("age") + adi ("new"') ie "the beginning of a new age". It's that day of the year when people take a break and say no to work. They get together in welcoming spring. The day begins with everyone wearing new clothes and offering prayers at temples. Bevu Bella (a mix of neem leaves and flowers and jaggery) is prepared and everyone partakes of it - driving home the message that both joy (jaggery) and sorrow (bitter neem) should be taken in the right spirit.

Its a day of institutionalized loafing and TP

Usage

Markiv: Why are you wearing new clothes?
Arjun: Yugadi bugger
Markiv: Ah! new pinch!
Added 2013-04-24 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Sanskrit

Region

South India

Related Terms

bevu bella, Diwali Mela

Definition

Like in most religions, fasting is an important duty of a practising Hindu. Hindu fasts are undertaken for various reasons, & some are performed on specific days of the week to honour certain gods; for example, Monday is the day of Lord Shiva, Tuesday - Goddess Kali & Hanuman, Wednesday - Lord Krishna , Thursday - Lord Vishnu, Friday - Santoshi Ma, Saturday - Lord Shani.

And Sunday?

I dont know pa. All i know is that its the first day of the week here in the Gelf where I live, & i need a pair of pliers to keep my eyes open.

Anyone can observe these fasts, obviously, but its often the lady of the house who undertakes to do it on behalf of her family members. So if you ask her to join you in a sea-food buffet at West End on a Monday afternoon, you might hear her exclaim: ''But today is my Monday!'' Its a quaint Indian usage which means s/he's fasting for _____ (refer list & affix appropriate god's name), & cannot partake of non-vegetarian food/ drinks/ whole grains/ root vegetables/ or whatever on that day.

Usage

Mrinal: I want to put drinks!
Nandini: So put no? Whats stopping you?
Mrinal: Will you Give company? I'm opening brand new bottle of Old Monk!
Nandini: Ayyo no ya! Today is my Monday.
Added 2012-05-31 by poori

Root

English

Region

South India

Related Terms

Shanthi-Vanthi

Terms referencing this

Tom's Fri
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The Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage of Hindus that takes place in the holy cities of Allahabad/ Ujjain/ Nasik or Haridwar. Rumoured to be the largest gathering of human-kind in the world. Involves a Godly tiff over a pot of nectar, dips in the sacred rivers of Hinduism, sadhus, stampedes & cholera epidemics. It happens once every 6 or 12 or 144 years, depending. Depending on what? minns, Thatandoldonask. I humbly ask sorry, but I don’t know.

Our national interest in the Kumbh Mela, however, lies not in its logic & reasoning. Our interest, my dear friends, lies in brothers separated at birth.

Instead of drumming their fingers bekaarly on a table, Bollywood pitchers decided to go all out & separate brothers at birth. I mean, whose father what goes. And the Kumbh Mela has provided the most seamless setting for this separation. The story kinda goes thus: an amazingly foresightful mother gives each of her sons one half of a locket that is split in two, & takes them on a pilgrimage. The brothers are separated in the teeming madness of the Kumbh Mela, & are raised in entirely different circumstances. One turns out good & the other bad. They finally face each other as adults, wanting to do nothing but kill each other. Which is when one spots the locket hanging from the other’s neck & understand yavrything. They tumble into each others’ arms in joy & go home dancingly.

The Kumbh Mela soon became an urban legend among engsters of our generation, providing way too many reasons to crack way too many pjs involving crowd-like situations and recognizing each other's jewellery.

But dheere-dheere, Bollywood moved on to bigger & badder things, & poor Kumbh Mela was all but forgotten..

Usage

Dont go strolling down emgees on New Years eve with your *kids* macha! Not unless they're wearing one shoe each that they can recognize after 20 years or something. Its like the Kumbh Mela out there & theyll dafffnitely get lost!
Added 2012-05-26 by poori

Root

Hindi

Region

India

Terms referencing this

aghori

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A mutt is a term used for a Hindu monastic and/or religious establishment with a lineage, which has rules and is hierarchical. It's the short form of the word Matha. This term has nothing to do with the English word mutt meaning dog.

Usage

Gunasheela spent 4 months at the Sringeri mutt to get in touch with her innermost meditative self.
Added 2012-04-28 by porkipaya

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Sadhu padipist

devuDa

\dhey-voo-daa\
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literally means, Oh God, oh my gawwd or causually used phrases for extreme tiredness or when you have given up all hope in life, and there's an incoming storm while you are living in a house built of packs of playing cards (peka mukkalu).

Usage

Prasad: Saritha, I invited 15 friends and their wives and kids for dinner tonight.
Saritha: DevuDa! All right you cook and call me when you are done.

Mom: Chinna did not pass 7th grade, but we have to pay the school fee anyways for him to continue in the 7th.
Dad: DevuDa!


Added 2012-03-15 by bod-bokkal