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brother

Usage

to a friend: arre beedu, what are you upto these days??
Added 2011-09-13 by Dino
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Phrase. September 16, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

Meaningless activities which are not providing any benefits. The Hindi expression translates as follows: "To let the donkey graze in the farm, you will reap neither fruit nor sin."

The word paap means sin; punya typically refers to the karmic benefits reaped by a lifetime of good deeds (and is worthy of its own entry, since it is a distinctly desi word).

Usage

Used generally when somebody trying to solve problem with no idea of how to approach it. Work carried out without any knowledge is like donkey work which will not reap any fruit. It will be a waster of energy.

"Arre, Arun yaar, want to be a writer? Then stop your timepass and honour your editor's deadlines. Ghada charya khet, na paap na punya."

*Arun sighs quietly and goes back to the drawing board, humbled but adamantly not a donkey.

Added 2011-09-13 by Dino

Root

Hindi

Related Terms

Time-waste, timepass

Definition

To gain something without much effort. Literally: No need for asafoetida or potash alum to get colour.

Usage

used when somebody put little effort and gain a lot.

"That fellow got a lovely wife through his Uncle the MP. Hing lage na phitkari, rang bhi chowkho aaye."

Added 2011-09-12 by Dino

Root

Hindi

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kaam chor, Kaam-ke-Waste
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Definition

an underwear

Usage

never forget to wear jangiya.. it will save you from embarrassment.
Added 2011-09-09 by Dino

Root

Multiple

Related Terms

chaddies, Chaddi Buddy
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Adjective.
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Definition

way of swearing, a sensible and compromised version of vulgar indian swearing.

Usage

used to swear at somebody. It's like a compromise to vulgar words. Does not mean anything, but reflects the anger.
example 1:
teri maa ki aankh, come here and I will show you what I am.
Added 2011-09-02 by Dino

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

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Ma bahen ek hona

meri janeman

\my darling\
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Definition

My darling; a person close to my heart. Jaan literally means "life" and so to call someone "janeman" (jaan-ay-man) is to refer to them with great affection and esteem.

Usage

Meri janeman, how's things with you?
Added 2011-08-26 by Dino

Garibi mein atta geela

\The dough is runny in poverty\
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Phrase. February 2, 2015, Word of the Day
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Definition

In adversity, everything takes a bad turn. Literally means, "the dough is runny in poverty." Atta is the word for dough, typically used to make rotis and chappatis.

Usage

Used during worse situation within life. Actually means that in bad phase, everything goes out of control. A small amount of additional water will spoil the meal of a poor person who has limited flour to make bread.

Example: Arrey, what to tell you, yaar? Lost my job. My car was in an accident. Son in US has been layed off. Then, lost my wife to a younger man. Garibi mein atta geela *sigh.

Added 2011-08-26 by Dino
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Definition

Feeling lazy, not inclined to the work at hand

Usage

wife to husband: go and get me some vegetables
husband: not right now, bohot kantala aa ra hain.....
Added 2011-08-26 by Dino

Root

Gujarati

Region

gujarat
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teri biwi meri biwi

\your wife is my wife\
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Definition

fun word suggesting that anything can be shared between the two.

Usage

person 1: yaar, why do you think so much in asking things from me.
person 2: I am always conscious to ask things from you.
person 1: from today onwards, consider meri biwi teri.....take whatever you want to take from me.
Added 2011-08-26 by Dino

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Chaddi Buddy, Bum chum