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One who engages in rote learning or memorising in "parrot fashion".
In India,rote learning is frequently used to prepare quickly for exams
'Rattu tota' is widely used as a mild derogative for those who perform well in exams by cramming/mugging rather than logical undertstanding .


Student 1 : All the sums in the exams were from our text book.
Student 2: Ya all the Rattu tota will get flying colours.
Student 1: Tomorrow is English Language exam. I'm sure Prakash the rattu tota must have mugged all the essays and letters in Wren& Martin.
Student 2: I know.For the English literature exam,he had mugged up the entire Act 3 of The Merchant of Venice.
Student 1: No wonder he is the teacher's pet.
Added 2011-11-17 by Behenjigaga