The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

A person IS, in large part, their place and this is strikingly true of us. So much so that in many communities the name of your family village, birth place, or place of origin is folded into your name and is carried through the generations, even though this makes less and less sense among a globalized, itinerant, and spreading South Asian diaspora today (New Jersey Rajagopalan? For that matter, Kal Penn?). However, with a collective global nation that numbers well over a fifth of the world’s 7 billion, every nook and cranny is a social space! So, more so than our places of origin, it’s our places of frequency, the hangouts, gulleys, hoods, and adda’s, that hold those special places in our hearts and those central places in our conversations.

Super Specialty Hospital

\Sooper Speshality Haaspital\
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A marketing gimmick for hospitals designed to fool sick people into believing they are getting super special care. No one is quite sure what this designation means. Is it for manisters and super special sick people who can pay a ton of money so they can recuperate in 5- star comfort. Maybe not as one often sees the ailing masses and their families milling about in every nook and cranny of the hospital. Is it supposed to one-up a specialty hospital? What is next in the hierarchy, Super duper specialty hospital, or ultra super specialty, sir-ji?

Usage

Ayyo that is not just a hospital, it is a super specialty hospital.
Added 2013-07-25 by Paanini

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English

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All India

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chath

\chuh-th\
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Noun. June 20, 2013, Word of the Day
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The chath is the roof of a house, which in apartment complexes is typically a large rectangular structure where you can run around or seek cool breezes to escape the stagnant heat of a summer night (especially during load shedding). It may even have a bathroom, featuring an Indian toilet, typically for the domestic help who come by to do jhaadu pocha in the flats of the apartment complex.

On the chath, children play many games, including Vish Amrit and Ice Pice. Clever and athletic denners can keep a large group of screaming children enthralled with the prospect of capture.

Then there's kite flying. This latter one can be of the harmless variety, where engsters gaze at the soaring kite on the end of a string, their uncles and fathers looking on with approval, or the less benign kind, involving a deel and manja and other chaths, engaged in chath-to-chath kite warfare across the neighborhood.

From your chath redoubt you can gaze safely out upon the busy urban landscape, contemplating electric wires (which may snag and dangerously end the aforementioned kite flying), the traffic, wildlife (including monkeys, crows, small worms in the tulsi plant, the occasional parrot, and sometimes a maimed mouse), and then the people themselves, who will appear multitudinous yet miniature, like toys.

Usage

Group of Indolent Cousins: "Ey, let's go on the chath and play Ice Pice!"
Added 2013-06-18 by mainmacha

Root

Hindi

Region

Delhi

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Places

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housie, House Husband

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Medical

\med-ee-cul\
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All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS for short form as you might know it. Try going to AIIMS in an auto and getting the autowallah to understand what you mean.
Soon even your town will have its own Medical, since the Honorable Government of India has decided to open over 9000 Medicals all over India and wants you to know that through its well advised and thoroughly researched and well timed Bharat Nirman media blitz.

Usage

Paneerselvam - Bhaiya, AIIMS chalo
Autowallah - Ain?
Paneerselvam - AIIMS bhaiya, near INA market, there is also a metro station there.
Autowallah - Pata nahi bhai
Paneerselvam - Bhaiya, the biggest hospital in Dilli!
Autowallah - Oh! Medical? Pehle bolna tha na.... bus 627 rupees.
Added 2013-05-31 by Mildly Racist

Root

English

Region

Delhi, NCR

Categories

Places

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autowallah, Dilli, short form
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Hey Mumbai trying to copy your cousin brother NYC is it? Should we sing Copy Cat Kill a Rat Sunday Monday Eat Your Rat?
Mumbai now has its own logo. Issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) the logo is supposed to represent Mumba Devi, the deity the city is named after. "Majhi Mumbai" or "my Mumbai" is the slogan on the logo.

Indian obsession with a woman's maternal role (see above mother there is no other) is clearly visible in the city's logo where a blue dot atop a black circular outline of arms denotes a mother embracing a white flower, symbolic of a child it simms.

If you ask us, it looks like a Fatty Bombalatty fellow rubbing his stomach after consuming jalebi mixed with a small ganja leaf or a post-prandial Mumbaikar ambling around Chaupati after eating Bhelpuri!

Samosapedia gives it a B-

Usage

"Isn’t it interesting that in an age where voting by sms, calls, contests on facebook/twitter are common, the BMC decides to take this regressive step and choose a logo for Mumbai without its citizen’s participation, input or involvement"
Added 2013-05-17 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Marathi

Region

Bombay

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rupee symbol, Mother India

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Noun. January 25, 2014, Word of the Day
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In an effort to highlight the enterprising Guju spirt and to showcase the power of female entrepreneurship, our favorite half-sleeve wearing Feku mentioned Jasuben pizza. Jasuben pizza is a successful pizza chain in Gujarat that infuses Italian pizza with Guju elements.

The standard pizzas, priced at 50 rupees ($1), are made on bhakri (Gujarati flat bread) and topped with spicy homemade gravy, chopped tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Customers can also ask for a Jain version, without onions.

It takes its name from Jasuben, a woman who moved from her native Pune to Ahmedabad after she got married. She opened her eponymous pizza take away in 1975.

Usage

"Now the media will think Jasuben is like Kalawati, and search for her, so let me tell you she died in Pune five years ago." - Namo
Added 2013-05-09 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Gujarati

Region

Gujarat

Related Terms

NaMo, mouse charmer, Pappu, Feku

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Seez, Mother India

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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

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chandralekha, gemini studios

Military hotel

\Milltree otal\
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Euphemism for a restaurant in Tamil Nadu that serves mottai (eggs), mutton rice and chicken chettinad; basically a small town restaurant in Tamil Nadu that serves non-vegetarian food. Apparently being in the military and meat eating is highly correlated for Tamilians, how else do you explain the name. You will also find a slate board with the Words "Meals Ready" make its appearance twice a day "bang outside" the restaurant, at which time tens of folks in lungis and banians can be found making a beeline for hot military meals.

Usage

Meals Ready at Thambi's Military Restaurant. Everyone enjoy lipsmacking mutton rice.
Added 2013-04-27 by Paanini

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In Karnataka, specially south karnataka, Military hotel means, the one which serves Ragi balls (Ragi mudde) and Chicken Curry (Koli saru)

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Large room in Indian homes of which one part is used as family room (drawing room) and the other as the dining area. The drawing room contains a sofa cum bed (see separate definition)

Usage

Yaar you have a large drawing cum dining room. You can enjoy gup shup and khana all the time here, naa.
Added 2012-07-30 by Paanini
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New Delhi.
Old Delhi.
South Delhi (aicchhhhh)!!!!.
West Delhi (Bhest Delhi).
Dwarka.
East Delhi.
Rape Capital.
Delhi in English.
Deh-li in Urdu.
Dilli in Hindi and Punjabi.
National Capital Region according to the gorement.
National Capital Territory also by the gorement.
Some even consider Haryana to be delhi.
It is not a city nor a state. An in-between.
Some call it a collection of villages.
Has extreme weathers and a strong immigration culture making it a truly Indian city. So there are punjabi, sindhi, bengali, bihari, madrasi, chinki, african and tibetan ghettos among others.
It is also the city will most roundabouts, most things are gol gol in Delhi, from the Parliament to the India Gate circle and to the way the Government functions.

Other mammoth like ungli-ready cities of India have changed their name to their "original" names when they had perfectly normal names like Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Bangalore.
No, the ungli-readies had to go with ridiculous pronunciations of those names and rename them Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkotta and Bengarurururururuluru or something.

Delhi is confident enough to let people call it what they want and logical enough to know that people who speak different languages will pronounce words differently.

Usage

Prafool Ghaati - So cool na? I have so much more confidence after we changed that God aweful name Bombay to Moombai!!

South Indian Madrasi - Now that we have changed our name to Chennai they will stop calling us Madrasi! high five!!

Boshidapua Bondhopadya - Hain? Bomboiyas and Modorosis already changed their names? Amiiiii bhi change korbe!!!

Sassibarrapaa - Bengalarurururluruluru sounds so much more normal than Bangalore, right?

Dilli guy - Fucking idiots.

Added 2012-07-28 by Mildly Racist

Root

Hindi

Region

Worldwide

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Places

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ungli-ready, mumbai
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At some point being cool in the 90s in India meant listening to Goa trance and attending rave parties typically held outside the city. These raves were populated by a motley collection of Israeli soldiers, self-proclaimed Indian sadhus, angry white girls searching for meaning (see Karma Gora), rich Indians who thought it was cool to embrace psychedelia and recreational drug use as another avenue for Time Pass and a smattering of post-puberscent eng people who would be just as happy gyrating in a club to any fast music that allowed them to feel sexually and spiritually liberated.

However, now the term 'rave party' is used loosely by conservative gorement officials and brandished by morally righteous parents to refer to any gathering of young people engaging in fun and frolic considered threatening to traditional Hindu values.

Rave parties have been in the news lately as IPL players were tested positive for drug use at these parties and in a absurd lapse of judgment, the Karnataka Government threw its own rave party to boost international tourism, much to the chagrin of everyone else, as so called foreigners were found having sex and putting kai in public at the party: Check out this link..

Usage

Eng Boy 1: Hey man where should we go after Nasa closes?
Eng Boy 2: I heard there is a sakkath rave party at sambhram roost where DJ Ivan is going to play some great Goa trance
Added 2012-07-21 by Dishoom Dishoom

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English

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