The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

Understanding our streets is a cultural necessity. Traffic in the South Asian metropolises and hinterlands alike, by and large, moves by mutual consent. The complex, seemingly lawless nature of all relationships is faithfully played out on the streets on a daily basis, where "might makes right" is alternately obeyed and turned on its head by a seething mix of lorrys, cycles, busses, tongas, rickshaws, cars, tempos, bullock carts, and the ubiquitous and diverse two-wheelers. Throw pedestrians into the mix… literally... and what you have is a furious, mechanized, joyous, organic, selfish, callous, and forgiving river that cannot be damned. Horn OK Please!

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Hanging for your dear life on the foot board of a city bus. usually a consequence of overcrowding during rush hour and/or voluntarily to show off. Typically you get off the bus by jumping out when the bus is travelling at low speed.

Usage

abbaa, today bus was so full i had to do footboarding to get here.
Added 2014-11-05 by rue

ambassador

\um-bass-a-ador\
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A glitzy car. Something expensive and/or old. In perspective of the speaker, this car is useless.

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Saaley, teri ambassador will ghanta reach there on time.
Added 2013-12-28 by Sheetansh

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India

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Transportation

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Amby
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In recent times, something known as the 'Kochi culture' has caught everybody's attention. Well, some might refer to it as cheap, or dirty but, Kochiites(As the like to call themselves), are extremely proud of it.
Well, back to the word, "Tripping". Among the likes of 'Scene Contra' and 'Jango', this is another new slang word which is commonly used by everybody on the streets of Kochi.
NO. This does not mean getting high and getting a 'Trip'. No.
This refers to scooting out of your house and going off to some distant district by Car or Bike(Usually at night). This, is apparently more fun when you do it with your 'buddies'. Kochi slang has now become so popular that Movies have started Adopting it. Typically 'Honey Bee' which is a mindless movie about some kochi lowlifes, having fun and tripping. Yes. I know. Society is messed up.

Usage

"Machaane, let us go tripping to Munnar"
"Goa Tripping, Broh!!"
Added 2013-07-09 by VadaPav67

Definition

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

local, sipsay, train surfing

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Benz Vandi

\Ben-z wan-dee\
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T'was in the 80's and 90's that the Tri-Star King rolled onto the streets of India and virtually melted the ever hungry hearts of the then modern Indian troglodytes. Its authentic , charming , aristocratic look made even the simplest of costamongers dream away . It was the simpletons of Kerala and Tamil Nadu who coined the term for every imported car then onwards , even if it was the Kings car. But hey , who cared then ? It was just the car that made you the Czar. As long at it had a shade of the Merc , you were the boss and as they said :"Dei, here comes the boss and he's got the new Benz Vandi !"

Usage

Anurag : " Boys and Girls, todays class is going to be on how to market yourself as the Best Enggs this college may ever produce ..."
Random Thug (interrupting) : "Sir will this give us the Money and right to buy our own Benz vandi?"
Anurag :" Shut up and first learn to buy yourself new underwear when you go to work, We'll think about the car later !"
Added 2012-07-26 by SharkaraPayasam

Root

Malayalam

Categories

Transportation

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Amby

Definition

A mumbai darshan bus (BEST) is any bus that travels from A to B taking the least efficient route. If you happen to have the good fortune of travelling in such a bus, you will be treated to the scenic parts of A to Z parts of mumbai in one trip gaaraanteed.

Other obvious advantage of such buses is that travellers per cubic inch in BEST buses is directly proportional to number of stops for the buses, so if you want to experiencing ultra human compression that leaves WinRar blushing and which is 2nd only to Mumbai trains, please don't hesitate.

Note that you're entitled to call any bus mumbai darshan if it takes more than 1 stop out of the usual route your regular bus would take.

Usage

Pakya: Yaar you're so late, movie already started.
Raju: Arre yaar, missed regular bus so had to take number 396. That bus is total mumbai darshan bus. Never again.
Added 2012-07-25 by Mumbhai

Root

Marathi

Region

Mumbai

Categories

Transportation

Related Terms

BEST

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When you want to go to Sabrimale, you go for toor. No no, that's going for pilgrimage. When newly marrieds want to consummate, they go to Ooty for toor. No no, that's not tooring, that's honeymoon.

But basically anytime you go to some place simbly for sightseeing, you go for toor. But going back to your village to meet relatives is not toor, it's bore.

Usage

Boss to team: Where the hell is Sharanappa?! He's supposed to report for duty today!

Basavanna: But sir, he's gone for Naaarth Indian toor with his friends. Yesterday he called from Agra, he said his uncle's marble kitchen countertop is whiter than Taj Mahal!

Added 2012-07-16 by Agni-V

AWAAZ DO

\AH-VAAZ-DO\
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It is a most common word painted on the rear parts of the trucks, which means to Horn the truck when we try to overtake a truck.

Usage

AWAAZ DO
Added 2012-07-11 by PeddAnna

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Transportation

Related Terms

Horn Ok Please

tation

\Tay-shun\
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how auto-rickshaw drivers and bus conductors from Maharashtra, Andhra and Karnataka pronounce 'Station'. Probably to compensate for the extra 'ee' sound that Northies add to make it "ishtation".

Usage

Me: Station ko kitna loge?
Autowallah: One-and-half. Tation ko gaya toh vaapis khaali aana paDega.
Me: ..!..
Added 2012-07-07 by Samosa Pudica
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Cab

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Refers to the ubiquitous Tata Indica brand of cars that ply the cities at all times. Used to ferry the vast majority of the salaried employees of the city who work for IT companies as IT professionals to and from their place of work which is approximately 30 Km away from their residences. These cab drivers have a reputation of driving as they please and breaking all traffic rules as they go about earning their bread. Any form of admonishing by a other commuters on their errant driving is not tolerated and a rude reply is reserved for such people.

Usage

I.M Naidu : Hey how do you comute to work ra? I go by cab to Setyam.

V.R Reddy : o cab aa?? You must work in night shift. I go by bus only ra. Be careful ra. Last week one cab driver slept off while driving and the cab almost hit a few pedestrians sleeping on the pavement. Luckily the cab came to a halt when it hit a pile of sand dumped on the road for a house construction.

Added 2012-06-12 by idiotix

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Transportation

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Amby