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Dhulandhar Batawatekar

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I learned Hindi by watching 3 Hindi films a day. You only imagine how badly I speak it...

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Goodman di laaltan

\Goodman dee laal-tan\
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Phrase used to show contentment and happiness. Derived from the popular Goodman's lanterns (laaltan is hindi for Lantern). A Goodman's Laaltan was generally excepted as a standard bearer for handheld lighting and hence the reference to something "good" and "content".

Usage

Santa: "Kya haal yaar? Are you feeling better?"
Banta: "Yeah better. Less headache today."
Santa: "Goodman di laaltan!"
Added 2011-08-13 by Dhulandhar Batawatekar

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Hindi

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All India

Definition

Phrase used by people up and down the country wanting to invade you personal space. Often used on trains and the user often hasn't got a ticket.

Usage

Space Crasher: mein yahaan beit sakta hoon?
Legitimate ticket holder: sorry there isn't much space (being unnecessarily polite)
Space Crasher: tut. Thoda adjust kar lo jee...
Added 2011-07-03 by Dhulandhar Batawatekar

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Hindi

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All India

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