The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Some of us still remember huddling around the family TV watching Doordarshan, and contrast it with full nostalg(ind)ia to nowadays, when we have hazaar channels to choose from. And whether we are talking about sitting enthralled in front of a Krishna Leela or dabbing at our teary eyes as we watch a Pakistani Mega Serial, or Bollywood and Tollywood filims, there's no denying that media and entertainment constitute an integral part of the Samosaverse. A vibrant press, news analysis by world-famous sofa sadhus and the occasional ungli-ready types give us much to talk about, laugh about, and make comedy pieces over. And let's not forget the heart throbs and matinee idol Super Stars, the thunder thighs, and the jin jak songs that make this the opium of the mango peoples. Press play and take it easy policy, yaaron!

DHIISHH

\dhiii-sssshhhhh\
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It's a sound on Indian TV.
So by mistake you switch to a "serial" on TV expect this sound to maaro goli your ears repeatedly. Apparently when something dramatic is happening there is a need to pan to every characters face in the story and play this sound while they "act".
Very much loved.
Can be used when you want to bring drama in to your mundane boring gay real life.

Usage

Anal Bondhopadyay - Sorry Sags, I don't think I can live with you anymore. You are just boring and sad. You bring no joy and just carry around a sense of misery and dullness about you.

Shagorika Kundoo - Hey, I'm cool man. I know you are bedding that 60 years old maid. I'm anyways in love with the newspaper-wallah and we are moving in together.

(In the background)
Paneerselvam - DHIISHH!!!

Added 2013-09-23 by Mildly Racist
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On Indian news television channels, the shows are rigidly structured for one hour or half an hour formats. So when the time is up it doesn't matter if you are in the middle of a sentence, they will cut you off, mute your mic or just outshout you with this phrase.
Sri Arnab Goswami on the other hand does not follow the hour or half an hour formats, but still uses this phrase along with no no no no no no no no no if he does not like what you are saying.

Usage

Panelist - Sir, but I would like to point out that former cabinet ministers of his government have been indicted by the courts for their roles in the Gujarat riots. Tehelka did an expose where the khaki half pant wearing people accepted how the state administration helped them in the riots. That is why Mr. Narendra.....

Repoter - I'm sorry, we are completely out of time.

Added 2013-07-24 by Mildly Racist

Tintumon

\tiN-du-mon(nearly to poke-mon)\
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Tintumon is the Little Johnny equivalent of Malayalees. This character was created and spread like a viral phenomenon through text messages in mobile phones. Later, the popularity increased to such an extend that leading book makers also published books on Tintumon jokes.

Usage

teacher: oru sthreevandi odikkunnu..ennu otta vakkil engane parayum?
Tintu mon: "PENDRIVE..."

Added 2013-07-22 by freak_machan
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We are all too familiar with "Western" efforts at exoticizing India. When Americans or Europeans do it, we shake our heads disparagingly. See Opariah Winfrey, Brownface and Karma Gora for entires that capture our displeasure at being portrayed as nothing more than a land of elephants, snake-charmers and oh-so-colorful weddings. However, when the Brazilians do it, it feels different.

Caminho das Índias or "India a Love Story" is a popular and award winning soap opera that ran in Brazil in 2009. We won't get into the plot but it has all the masala of a good Bollywood film including trite illicit affairs between characters from different castes. However, there are Brazilian women in saris (every mans fantasy?) and attractive Brazilian men. And so as Indians we might have to reserve our judgements lest we be guilty of double standards as.. doesn't every desi exoticize BrazilianS as well?

Usage

"The Caminho das Indias telenovela, with Hindi phrases thrown into the Portuguese dialogue, has piqued Brazilians' interest in the emerging economic powerhouse that was little-known here before.

Hindi phrases such as the exclamation Arre Baba (Oh my goodness!) have entered everyday speech; interest in yoga, meditation and Indian dance is on the rise and demand for Indian clothes and decorations has jumped. " - TVNZ
Added 2013-06-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

Bollywood, Oblibolly

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For Mumbaikars, taking the morning train into work can be one of the most maddening and BP inducing experiences known to man.
While the majority of the commuting population is trying to barely survive by asking for a sliver of bumspace ("thoda khisak na!") or trying to avoid the Mahim-Matunga fellow who has just put his feet in your face, there a few who take a different approach to their commute; One such group is the Bhajan Mandali crew.

The Bhajan Mandali are a group of people who basically break into devotional songs on their train ride to work. The stock of songs usually depends on the day. For instance, on a Monday they sing Shiva bhajans. On Tuesdays it is Ganpati. Wednesdays are for Panduranga Vitthala (a form of Krishna) and so on.

Like all things in India, one mans Timepass is another mans poison. Recently, the police have cracked down on the signing on nuisance value grounds.

Usage

"The railway police have imposed a ban on the singing of hymns in Mumbai's local trains and notices were issued to bhajan mandalis asking them to discontinue their practice"

"After punishing commuters for spitting and playing cards on trains, the Central Railway (CR) on Thursday cracked down on those singing bhajans."

"'Some people play cards. Some sleep. Some play mischief standing at the exit. We do something better. We sing (devotional) songs,' Pujari said."

Added 2013-05-29 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Hindi

Region

Bombay

Related Terms

train surfing, sipsay, local

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Legendary weekly countdown program aired on Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Ceylon before the name change) on Wednesday nights from 8-9 pm between 1952-1988, then on AIR through 1994. The announcer always stated prior to the show, yeh sri lanka broadcasting coropration ka videsh vibhaag hai, unnees, pacchees, ekattees aur iktalees meter band par. Aur ab prastut hai, Binaca Geetmaala. It was possibly the longest running weekly show ever in India. It was sponsored by Ciba-Geigy, maker of Binaca toothpaste. Listened to by millions. Hosted by arguably the greatest RJ ever, the dulcet voiced Amin Sayani, it was keenly followed over the entire Indian subcontinent. The weekly show consisted of about 16 songs which made the list based on album sales, write-ins to the station by Shrota-sanghs and the number of farmaaishes on radio. The most popular song of the year acquired legendary status. A stroll in the streets on Wednesday nights would be filled with strains of the Geetmala songs playing on Paanshop transistor radios, in restaurants, at assorted stores and homes as people were glued to their sets. Popular songs would ascend the ladder called paidaan until they made the final list, at which point the song was heralded by bugles, called Bigul. Such a show is unlikely to ever be repeated on Indian radio.

Usage

Binaca Geetmala mein Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein yeah saal taap karega. Uss gane ka kal bigul baj gaya.
Added 2013-05-11 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

chance ey illa

\chance-ey-illa\
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chance ey illa : is a combination of two words from two separate languages combined together to form one single phrase to convey a message of Impossibility.

Used in its normal form it conveys a negative message about anything its being used with. It symbolizes a state of a very high impossibility of anything being good or happening.

Usage

Man1 : Dude, did you see how good that movie was ?
Man2 : Chance ey illa.

Added 2013-05-10 by H

Definition

In India, we take three things very seriously.

First, we love our mothers. We have all internalized the idea that above mother there is no other. Even our favorite Feku Mr. Namo in a recent speech appealed to the mother india argument.

Second, we love our sweets. Ordinary events lead to Muh meetha karo!

Third, we love Bollywood.

At the intersection of Bollywood, Mother and Sweets venn diagram is Gajar Ka Halwa! Made from carrots, it is typically served up by a long suffering grey haired mother, garbed in a crushed cotton sari, to her beloved prodigal son or beta who has returned from serving jail time or some arduous adventure!
Always bright orange in color and always served with love.

Usage

Mother: Beta, Maine tumhare liye gajar ka halwa banaya hai.”(Son, I have made gajar ka halwa for you.)

OR

Ganster 1: “Aaj mere paas gaadi hai, Bangla hai, Rupya hai. Tumhare paas kya hai?”
( Today, I have Cars and Bungalows and Money. What do you have?)

Ganster 2; “Mere paas Maa hain aur maa ke haath ka bana gajar ka halwa hai”.
( I have Mother on my side and the Carrot pudding she makes)

Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Jalebi

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The word "Gemini" in India can connote "Gemini studios" which was, the most influential south indian film studio in its heyday. Founded in 1940 by S.S Vasan and named after his favorite horse, it had a distinct emblem of two cherubic looking boys - perhaps a reference to the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology. The Gemini twins had bugles and an earnest slogan - "when the bugles blow, there is a great show!"

The studio is famous for producing "Chandralekha" the first South Indian made Hindi film. The movie, at the time, was the most expensive indian movie ever made.

Today Gemini studios has expired and remembered by the handful of people who might indulge in nostalgindia every now and then. The physical site of the studio is now the Park Hotel in Chennai where you can act like a Peter and order a frappuccino!

Usage

When you hear the phrase 'When the bugles blow, there's a good show!', you are reminded of late afternoon Sunday movies on Doordashan
Added 2013-05-04 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

Madras

Related Terms

gemini studios, chandralekha

Definition

First Indian female model to pose nude in Playboy.

Usage

"Sherlyn is all set to attend the 66th Cannes International Film Festival where second trailer of her film "Kamasutra 3D" will be unveiled."

Added 2013-05-01 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

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Priya Rai, Sunny Leone