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Manusmriti (written also as Manusmriti or Manusmruti) is the most important and earliest metrical work of the Dharmaśāstra textual tradition of Hinduism. Generally known in English as the Laws of Manu, it was first translated into English in 1794 by Sir William Jones, an English Orientalist and judge of the British Supreme Court of Judicature in Calcutta.The text presents itself as a discourse given by Manu, the progenitor of mankind to a group of seers, or rishis, who beseech him to tell them the "law of all the social classes" Manu became the standard point of reference for all future Dharmaśāstras that followed it.

According to Hindu tradition, the Manusmriti records the words of Brahma. By attributing the words to supernatural forces, the text takes on an authoritative tone as a statement on Dharma, in opposition to previous texts in the field, which were more scholarly.

Manu Smriti is one of the most heavily criticized of the scriptures of Hinduism, having been attacked by colonial scholars, modern liberals, Hindu reformists, Dalit advocates, feminists, Marxists and certain groups of traditional Hindus, namely Smartas.

However, not all Hindus agree with the criticisms of the text, or the assertion that the Manu Smriti is not authoritative. Some prominent Hindu figures, such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati and A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, hold the text to be authentic and authoritative. Other admirers of the text have included Annie Besant, P.D. Ouspensky, Pandurang Shastri Athavale and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Friedrich Nietzsche is noted to have said "Close the Bible and open the Manu Smriti. “It has an affirmation of life, a triumphing agreeable sensation in life and that to draw up a lawbook such as Manu means to permit oneself to get the upper hand, to become perfection, to be ambitious of the highest art of living.

Some dalit leaders disagree vehemently.

Usage

Friedrich Nietzsche is noted to have said "Close the Bible and open the Manu Smriti. "
Added 2013-11-19 by porkipaya

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India
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October 30, 2013, Word of the Day
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Too hot? Too hep? But not sure?
A Pomo chick who indulges in self pity.
A tribute to the legendary Srimati Mahjabeen Bano (Stage name: Meera Kumari) who was a beautiful actress who across her career potrayed the tragic heroine, who longed and suffered in her appearances in various bollywood filums. Her characters were known to be self-suffering and unaware of her own powers.

Usage

Cheeronjeelal - Dude! I am in lau with Vijayalakshamivati!
Paneerselvam - Forget it dude, She has total Meera Kumari Complex, life chud jayegee.
Vijayalakshamivati - I heard that, (sulks) but it is true.
Added 2013-03-22 by Mildly Racist
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Slang term for a "men's hostel" used in Tamil Nadu.

Usage

Thambi: Where are you living in Chennai?
Krishnan: I am staying at mansion
Thambi: Oh ho
Added 2012-01-20 by porkipaya

Root

English

Region

Tamil Nadu

Categories

School and College

Definition

"OMG!You don't know Manish Malhotra" will be the stock response if you asked about the man to any fashion or Bollywood fan.

Manish Malhotra is the country's most successful designer.
He is usually the Finale Designer at most fashion weeks in India.
His muses include celebrities such as Kareena Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and the late Michael Jackson.
He is considered responsible of introducing a semblance of fashion to Bollywood.

Usage

Testimonal from Kareena Kapoor on why Manish is THE man
"I love Manish's designs; they are trendsetting and enhance my style It's very contemporary and something I could wear for a meeting, a party, a romantic date — its versatility increases its appeal"

Conversation between Delhi Fashionsta and JNU Types

Fashionsta : I'm not really into designer wear , you see. But I love Manish's clothes. I loved his collection at the Couture Week. All his designs have a royalish look to them

Bemused JNU type : As long as they are not imported, all cool with me.

Added 2011-09-10 by Behenjigaga
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Child of a monkey

Usage

Dai, mangamma, move over, I say!
Added 2011-08-26 by Logonathan

Root

Multiple

Region

South India

Categories

People

Related Terms

Monkey cap, Kothi, Mongoose
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1. A child born to a Monk and a Nun by their indiscretion.
2. An expression referring to a person of dim wit. munku=dim, nan magaa= my son.

Usage

I told him not to trust the baba. Monknun magaa! He did not listen to my advice
Added 2011-08-07 by I love Dtool

Root

Kannada

Region

Bangalore

Related Terms

GUBE, Buddhu

Monsoon

\Mun-Soon\
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Noun. June 23, 2013, Word of the Day
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The great big weather pattern - that brings the main rainy season of the year which ends the hot summer. Usually starts around early June in Southern India and gradually moves upwards to blanket all India is a few weeks. Breaks the hot summer weather. There are two monsoons every year in some coastal areas and Sri Lanka.

Word may have Persian/Arabic roots?

Usage

- By next month monsoons will arrive and everyone will be in a good mood.

- Every monsoon, people of Mumbai learn to swim

Added 2011-07-28 by Impolitika

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

monsoon wedding

Terms referencing this

winters, keechad

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