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Phrase. November 9, 2012, Word of the Day
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India has a long and storied history of misunderstandings as they relate to bananas. Rajiv Gandhi used to say "ye banana hai, woh banana hai." South Indians who did not speak Hindi were always mystified by the prime minister's vociferous speeches about bananas. Bananas have made a come back and entered the political lexicon again in new and strange ways. This time it is from Robert Vadra, the porki son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi (something about bananas and Gandhis). How he managed to pataofy a Nehru-Gandhi scion and marry into India’s most powerful political family, will be material for another entry.

Simultaneously displaying an alacrity with social media and a missing pre frontal cortex, his Facebook status recently read: Mango people in Banana Republic.This was his response to very real corruption charges ("defamatory" itsimms) against him. The mind boggles.

"Mango people" we all know is a literal translation of aam aadmi or the "common man." But why "banana republic?" Did he eat too many alphonso mangos that caused him loose motions? We think it is a not-so-abtruse reference to politically unstable countries. He has since taken down the FB status message. So when accused of corruption, alienate the common man and liken the whole system to plutocratic failed nations. That will work.

While this story unfolds, Samosapedia advises all to make mango-banana milkshake.

Usage

"Today Robert Vadra has written 'mango people in banana republic' on his Facebook page... it is ok to call us mango people or aam aadmi but referring to the country as a banana republic is shameful"
Added 2012-10-30 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

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Power pakora

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The yellow cloth bag that a mama in chennai will take with him to carry vegetables and flowers for his mami.

Usage

manjai paiye kondada! Bring the yellow bag!
Added 2012-01-19 by Latsfats

Root

Tamil

Region

Chennai

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WALTO
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Noun. December 15, 2011, Word of the Day
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"Monkey Pedaling" is how eng bais ride bicycles early on when learning how to ride. The process is as much science as art since the bike is far too tall and probably weighs more than the boy and it is a pretty tricky maneuver to jog alongside the moving bike, tilt the bike, step on one pedal and then very quickly slide your legs through the v-frame to the other pedal - all without over-balancing or crashing...

One variation is the "half monkey pedal" where said eng bai is too puski to complete a full revolution and simbly oscillates the pedal back and forth to get enough forward momentum

Why monkey pedal? probably because the entire operation looks like a circus act by a monkey..Anyways, we asked Jane Goodall and she said she had never seen any monkey ride a bicycle let alone do all these gymnastics...

Usage

Eng Revi: Appa, I also want a nice BSA SLR like Mogan
Dad: Why can't you use our Hercules bicycle? Why do you need a new one?
Eng Revi: Because I look stupid doing Monkey Pedal like one Circus Korangu
Dad: Go and drink Complan and grow tall. Then you don't need to do monkey pedal
Added 2011-12-07 by Side Character

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Transportation

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Peddle

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katri style cycling

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Heard Ramu Chacha addressing his master's wife by that word in Hindi movies?

Mem is "Mam" and "Sahib" is Master and when you shove that into the vernacular,voila! the result is Memsahib.Hindi movies have portrayed Memsahib as an open minded female married to a rich man or daughter to a rich father.
memsahibs do not forget to shave their underarms,wear sleeveless blouses,drive premiere padmini's,play cards and tennis,have extra-marital affairs and talk gibberish.They are obdurate,whimsical audacious and impulsive.

Usage

Ramu: good maaarning Memsahib

Memsahib(wearing a tight track suit,visible panty lines on a proud display):Good morning Ramu! make me a strong coffee!

*after five minutes

Ramu: Kaaafee,Memsahib

*memsahib slaps Ramu and the scene abruptly cuts and takes you the marine lines where Memsahib in her premiere Padmini hits a hawker and kills him on the spot

Added 2011-12-04 by Fraaandshipper
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An extremely small quantity of coffee, served as a portion. It is about one quarter of a normal glass of coffee. Preferred by many long-distance travellers over a normal glass or half a glass of coffee.

Available usually in small-town joints in Tamil Nadu.

Usage

"3 mini-coffee! 2 without only!"
Added 2011-09-14 by GoodCumbany

Root

English

Region

Tamil Nadu

Categories

Food and Drink

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filter coffee
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literal translation of the hindi phrase:"aam aadmi", meaning 'the common man'. But "aam" also means mango, and aadmi could be stretched to mean "people" and voila!! You have "mango people"!

Usage

What,man? Aal these politicians don't have best interests of the mango people, what you talking?
Added 2011-09-10 by RT

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

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junta, aam aadmi

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Mango Hope is the literal translation of the Bengali word 'amasha' which means dysentery. Aam and asha together make Mango Hope. It is often used as an euphemism for dysentery. :)

Usage

Teacher: Why did you absent yourself from school for three days? You even missed a couple of unit tests.
Student: Miss I got a very bad case of stomach pain and (looks down and mumbles) Mango Hope.
Teacher: What say it clearly.
Student: Mango Hope Miss (whole class snickers)
Teacher: Mango Hope? What is Mango Hope?
Student: Miss in English every one calls it Mango Hope only...I can tell you in Bengali.
Teacher: Who can tell me the proper English of Mango Hope? What not one raised hand? It is called dysentery in English...write down in your copies...I do not want to hear about Mango Hope again.
Added 2011-08-27 by Khiti-Mithi

Root

Bengali

Region

Calcutta

Categories

Food and Drink

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Mango Opus
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A fusion of the words Madam and Sahib, the word Memsahib was used in colonial India to refer respectfully to a married, European lady. Contemporarily, the word is used to refer to high maintenance, fussy women who have very expensive tastes.

Usage

Meera: Why is Gita not joining us for dinner at the dhaaba? the food is soo good, re!

Pavan: Memsahib will only eat at the Taj! Just ignore her for a while, she will come around

Added 2011-08-22 by Kochu kalli
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The term given to Drosophila Melanogaster or the common fruit fly.

Usage

"These mango flies are hovering over your bobo curry in bleddy droves, Dency."
Added 2011-08-12 by porkipaya

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

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Poochi

Mango Opus

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sweeping, colorful work of fiction about India, this variation on the magnum opus usually has a title that involves a fruit, an animal, a color, or some combination thereof.

It is often appreciated by foreigners as informative about the country, while being mocked by people who consider themselves truly Indian (a category we would not venture to define, but hope some intrepid Samosapedia contributor eventually will), who say they find it to be inauthentic and full of clichés.

It’s the fictional equivalent of a piña colada, if you will – exotic and tropical, and more frequently consumed by visitors than locals. It is usually followed by a more subdued second work whose title is not floral or fruity, as a U.S. or British literary agent is already in hand.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/08/11/six-contributions-to-samosapedia/

Usage

Sofa Sadhu:Could Karma Kola by Gita Mehta be a Mango Opus? Or maybe not because its making fun of people whose understanding of India is superficial? But in dong that it attracted the very audience it attempts to denounce?
Arvind: Bleddy Idiot stop being so highbrown and pass me the bonda
Added 2011-08-12 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

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sofa sadhu, vikram seth

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Used to be a term of respect for a European married woman in India but now refers to Indian women that maintain the trappings of neocolonial superiority.

Usage

Aunty Wima is a total Memsahib. She sips tea in the Bangalore club and engages in postprandial chatter about how the ballboys have gotten fat and lazy and need to be "pulled up."
Added 2011-06-20 by Dishoom Dishoom
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