The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

The region "South Africa" has 3 entries

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Another 'gate' has emerged since Coalgate. Basically a rich Indian family (the Gupta brothers) in South Africa took Indian wedding extravagance to the next level and chartered a private jet for their guests. They had so much pull that they got special perm to land the jet on a military base near the capital, Pretoria.

We don't find this that surprising. Our regular aam aadmi types are known to have elephants, 500 person gueslists and five thousand plates of gajar ka halwa at their weddings; so a little extra dhinchak at a rich mans wedding with Bollywood stars, government officials and privileged access to air strips is de rigueur

Usage

"The South African Civil Aviation Authority has fined India’s Jet Airways R80,000 ($8,800) after a chartered Airbus A330 carrying wedding guests from India to Sun City landed at a nearby military airport without permission and proper paperwork.

The incident has locally become known as “Guptagate” as the charter was organized by the wealthy and politically connected Gupta family, owners of TNA Media in Midrand, South Africa."

Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

South Africa

Related Terms

Coalgate, Pull, Dhinchak, aam aadmi

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Money

Originates from Tamil word for money, panam. Used widely across South African Indian community.

Usage

A: Howzit? Got some spare change to pay the car watcher?
B: Sorry brother, I'm all out of pano.
Added 2011-07-20 by thewanderingv

Root

Tamil

Region

South Africa

Categories

Money & Business
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Bunny chow, often referred to as a Bunny is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry, that originated in the Durban Indian community.

One story has it that a restaurant run by people known as Banias first created the scooped-out bread and curry dish, in Grey Street, Durban. The food was a means to serve take-aways to excluded people. During the apartheid regime Indians were not allowed in certain shops and cafes and so the shop owners found a way of serving the people through back windows etc. This was an easy and effective way to serve the workers. They cut out the centre portion of the bread and filled it with curry and capped the filling with the portion that was cut out.

An alternative story of the bunny chow's origins (which similarly provides an etymology) is that, as in India, merchants who traditionally sold their wares under the 'bania' tree (also known as the banyan, or Ficus bengalensis) were called 'bania'. The use of this name is known in India going back to antiquity. It is more likely that the name 'bania chow' was adopted to describe the staple meal of Indian merchants than taken from a restaurant run by Banias, although the true origins remain somewhat disputed.

Usage

Captain Gopi is going around the world on an Indian culinary tour. He will be venturing into South Africa to eat bunny chow and then he heads to Trinidad to try some roti.
Added 2011-06-28 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

South Africa

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

roti, samosa