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Garibi mein atta geela

\The dough is runny in poverty\
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Phrase. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day


In adversity, everything takes a bad turn. Literally means, "the dough is runny in poverty." Atta is the word for dough, typically used to make rotis and chappatis.


Used during worse situation within life. Actually means that in bad phase, everything goes out of control. A small amount of additional water will spoil the meal of a poor person who has limited flour to make bread.

Example: Arrey, what to tell you, yaar? Lost my job. My car was in an accident. Son in US has been layed off. Then, lost my wife to a younger man. Garibi mein atta geela *sigh.

Added 2011-08-26 by Dino