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Bulle ke baal

\Bulley kaa baal\
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Adjective.
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Definition

A mans pubic hair

Usage

Ravikant ek bulle ka baal hai
Added 2012-08-16 by Rama_ossp

Root

Hyderabadi

Region

Hyderabad

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buddhi ke ball
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Definition

Blackpally is what the British used to call Shivajinagar in Bangalore. There are a couple of competing theories as to the etymology of this name.

Segregation/Racist Theory: According to this theory, the British segregated certain neighborhoods into British neighborhoods and "Indian neighborhoods" and Blackpally is the generic racist name given to Indian neighborhoods because of the dark skinned "natives."

Food/Crop Theory: According to this theory, scholars believed that a specific type of black rice was grown in Shivajinagar and hence the name Blackpally came about. There is an alternative food theory which says that Blackpally comes from "Bili Akki Pally." Bili Akki means white rice in Kannada and white rice was apparently in abundance in this region. There is a third food theory which states that Shivajinagar was in fact white rice central but that the name is derived from the Kannada word 'bellakki' which is commonly used to describe egrets that populated the rice fields.

Architecture Theory: According to this theory the name comes from John Blakiston (1785-1867), the architect of Cantonment who was also responsible for building parts of Shivajinagar.

Plague Theory: Old records of Bangalore speak of a "black plague" that struck the area in the nineteenth century.

Whatever you believe, many a sofa sadhu will always debate the origins of this term.

Usage

Sofasadshu1: Do you know that dollar, pistol and robot are the only English words that come from Czech?
Sofasadhu2: What you talking mane..i have a better one..did you know that Shivajinagar was called Blackpally?
Added 2012-07-16 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Categories

Places

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Russell Market
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Noun.
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Definition

A piece of cloth, usually in a single solid colour that ranges from the darkest of blacks to the pinkest of pinks, measuring approximately between 0.8 m x 1 m and 1 m x 1m, used to make blouses out of.

These are usually given along with two cashew-nut shaped turmeric sticks, some kumkumam, a shrivelled-up banana, and the smallest coconut available in the market. At weddings, these are given in a Tamboolam pye that are either plastic with a drawstring, or gunny with small handles. They usually have the name of the bride and groom written on them, with the appropriate "Chi"s and "Sow"s.

It also represents
(a) a secret culthood amongst mamis who scour matching centres for perfectly matching colours, and exchange tips on the range of colours and shades;
(b) an underground economy where these artifacts are gifted, exchanged, passed on, discarded, etc., at family functions, weddings, festivals;
(c) the coming of age for young women, when they are given blouse pieces instead of Rs. 101, indicating that it is time for their parents to start seeking alliances.

Usage

"Navaratri is coming. You must take me to Nalli's to buy some blouse pieces."
"Why go to Nalli-Gilli and all? There's no parking only there, and such crowds, and so costly. Lets just buy them at that little corner shop, no? It will be cheap and best. Anyway that Kamakshi Mami will only keep it in her cupboard and give it away to the next Mami who comes to her house."
Added 2011-10-07 by TNagarTornado

Root

English

Region

All India

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pant piece

Terms referencing this

Jacket, cut-piece store
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Noun.
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Definition

scapegoat.

Usage

Shyam: "Why the accountant sacked so suddenly?"

Ram: You remember that commission ghotala? Boss made him bali ka bakra."

Added 2011-09-13 by Bimawala

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

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Bakra