I'll put kann, and not put kai. Then I'll laugh, and call you bhai.
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Ma: It's coming ulti-side, or backside?
Baba Macha: Ulti-side.... *hoooi-brrrreaaaackkkkk*
Ma: *sigh I'll mop it up. Brush your teeth and lie down. I'll bring some Gripe Water.
Dev Anand was iconic because his movies were unconventional for Indian mores, but still radiated a strong sense of optimism about love, humanity, and the unseen hand of the divine. He was handsome in that older guy kind of way, probably because his first breakout successes came slightly later on in his life. He tackled interesting subject matter, turning R.K. Narayan's book The Guide into both an English and a Hindi film. This was in 1965; the Hindi version featured music by the great S.D. Burman, and the English version, made for American audiences, featured additional direction by Tad Danielewski. It tackled a range of topics, from a dissolving marriage to a couple "living in sin" (taboo in India in those days). Waheeda Rahman who played his love interest in The Guide took on difficult subject matter, even putting her own career into jeopardy. It's a bit of a tear jerker in the end, with a deeply spiritual message.
Another movie with Dev Anand in it was Hare Ram Hare Krishna (1971), which featured the hit song "Dum Maro Dum" (translated loosely as "Take Another Toke" -- see maal). It featured the beauteous Zeenat Aman as an Indian girl lost in the world of hippies. Beatlemania brought a throng of Westerners to India in the late sixties and early 70's, much to the bemusement of locals. On the one hand, there was great appreciation of Eastern mysticism, a source of pride for Indians. And on the other, there was the sex and drugs. Hare Ram Hare Krishna was Dev Anand's directorial debut, featuring what many viewed as a distinctly Indian take on the influx of hippies to India, and a view of Western civilization and what it did to children.
Other movies of his that were mega-hits include The Jewel Thief and Manzil. He was a prolific actor and movie-maker. He launched the career of many actresses, and was even involved in politics, protesting Indira Gandhi's Emergency. On the day that he learned of his death, this now not so eng bai shed a tear or two watching clips from The Guide and from Manzil. They flowed down cheeks now not so full of baby fat.
Thank you, Dev Anand, for being with us, and for giving us beautiful cinema.
But herewith, Samosapedia translates for you one of his famous lines from the movie The Guide:
"Jo aadmii apne naseeb ko kostaa rahtaa hai,
uskaa naseeb bhii use koste rahte hai.”
"A man who constantly curses his fate, is also constantly cursed back by his fate."
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Oddly enough, the words chosen are somewhat bizarre. A few include "athlete's foot" (which is unappetizing, certainly, but obscene?), "monkey crotch", "man paste" (which gets dubious, undoubtedly) and "mastabate" (spelling mistake intentional). Some of the choices have mystified people. For instance, why is "head lights" banned?
The software to implement the ban would likely jam networks, so carrying out the ban is probably infeasible. But we at Samosapedia feel that the list in question gives us rich soil to till, since it is culled from Urdu and English. An unofficial list of words circulates here, and we encourage all cultural cartographers to give us entries.
We leave you with our favorite Tweet on the matter:
""The #PTABannedList is what Charles Dickens would have wrote if he lived in Federal-B-Area right now,"
PTA Official One: Arrey yaar, I am thinking of foul words to ban on SMS to keep the bosses happy.
PTA Official Two: Good idea! Think of the most foul things you can, and ban it off. By the way, what's that smell?
PTA Official One: It's my athlete's foot, alas. It won't heal.
PTA Official Two: Add it to the list! It's pretty foul.
Context will shed light on the particular nuance used.
Coming to my party? Funtoosh, yaar!
He trained for professional athletic competition as a sprinter in the Indian army, pushing himself for 5 hours a day, in addition to regular army training.
A movie in the works, called Bhaag, Milkha, Bhaag (run, Milka, run) is inspired by his unusual life. He won medals at the Commonwealth games and the Asian Games, but the Olympic gold (200 m and 400m), which he was a favorite for, eluded him. In the 400m event in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he placed fourth, despite having broken the Olympic record for that year.
Regarded a national hero for his contribution to Indian sports, Milkha Singh is an icon of the heady late 50s and early 60s, when Indian sports saw a promising world caliber sportsman take the stage. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959.
"Erm, excuse me sir, but... are you relaxing?"
"No, I'm Milkha Singh."
Also, from a recent conversation:
There hadn't been a famous South Asian sprinter of Milkha Singh's caliber for years till P.T. Usha came along.
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See also Dil Mangta Hai.
(Abey, what is he asking for?)
Coffee mangta hai? Let's go to CCD.
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Oftentime, this is used in a slightly sarcastic manner, when the "gyaan" in question isn't of a highly credible or useful nature.