The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

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Mistress. Rakheli (रखेली)(?)(Hin), the lady of ones second home, the Chinna veedu, a bigamous adventure not sanctioned by law.

The secret not known to everybody; olly 99.9% of the town knows the fact.

Mind you she is not a sex worker. She is romantically involved with and economically supported by her man and often they have and raise kids together.

It is a hangover of feudal privileges in India and enhances ones status. The Keeper of the Keep can be expected to be either a wealthy person or an extremely poor person. Yes! the fringe always has all the fun. We in the middle just watch.

Usage

Gossip Gomathi: " No no no no no, Sheela is this guy Guru's 'Keep' man! You are a stupid lady or what man? They even have a kid growing up at Sheela's mom's place man!"
(Do you ever understand why ladice call each other 'man' or 'pa' and gents: 'amma' or 'ma'?)
Added 2011-09-05 by I love Dtool

Root

English

Region

South India

Related Terms

stepney, Petromax

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"To keep" is to stay with someone, without dubious goals of jettisoning them for another lover. Note that this usage is closer to lau, and farther from dau. In other words, you can put and pass, or put and keep. Keeping is akin to commitment; passing is akin to, well, the opposite.

Usage

"Dai, that Rohini, put or pass?"
"Silly fellow! Don't you know Ram is keeping with that one? They may get married in December!"
Added 2012-06-15 by mainmacha

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Related Terms

put kai, Put