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Arrre waah! This samosapedia is a superhit muqabla! I love to time-pass by daaaily adding words. I may not be Main, nor am I a necessarily a Macha, but being the younger of the two loafer siblings, I am most definitely a Muffin. That's Rangamuffin to you, boss.

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Horata

\"horata" or "orata"\
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A horata literally means a "struggle" or a "protest" in Kannada. The term is often used to describe a variety of political protests against state policies and is often used in conjunction with "samithi" meaning "committee" in Kannada.

Usage

See, over this Cauvery water issue we did one big horata also. We blocked the traffic. We cut the pipes. We pressurized those officials and told they must provide us with water.

The Mangalore-Bangalore Railway Horata Samithi will block the Mangalore-Bangalore train for one hour tomorrow.

Added 2012-03-15 by Rangamuffin

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Not to be confused with fresh lime soda or fresh lime juice, sweet lime juice (known regionally as moosambi juice or mausambi juice) is a delightful drink squeezed from a citrus specie native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The citrus looks like grapefruit, but tastes sweeter.

Usage

Feeling Hot Hot: Waiter, you have sweet lime juice or fresh lime soda?
Waiter: Fresh sweet lime juice we have! One?
Feeling Hot Hot: Han, please bring two!
Added 2012-03-15 by Rangamuffin

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

Fresh Lime Soda

Definition

Although the two words are English, the term "unscrupulous elements" seems to be peculiarly Indian -- used widely by the local media, urban residents, or by government and police officials to refer to unsavory characters, rowdy-sheeters, goondas, or KDs.

Usage

The lack of streetlights in Hulimavu means that unscrupulous elements are found to be prowling the streets at night.

"Unscrupulous elements are involved in Bangalore's land markets" said Gopal Hosur, the city's joint police commissioner.

Added 2011-10-19 by Rangamuffin
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A "supari killer" is a hitman, an individual contracted to murder, i.e. "supari killer" is slang for the English term "contract killer". But why supari -- that habit-forming, rather benign, slightly bitter, beetle nut edible packaged and sold everywhere in India? a) Supari killers keep their cool while committing deadly deeds by chewing supari, b) Supari is hard and cold, just like a supari killer, c) Supari killing is habit-forming, just like supari.

Usage

Mumbai: Jobless man turns supari killer
(Source: http://criminalrecordsindia.com/2011/03/21/mumbai-jobless-man-turns-supari-killer/)

"On March 21, 2011 Mumbai Mirror reported that unemployed and desperate for money, Goregaon resident Dharmesh Sharma, 40, shot dead on Saturday afternoon 75-year-old Angare Pujari, who ran a gambling den in the area. Sharma carried out the hit allegedly on the instructions of underworld don Hemant Pujari. According to the police, around 1 pm, Sharma went to the cake shop owned by the victim on S V Road, Goregaon and asked for him. When Pujari identified himself, he shot at him, the bullet piercing Pujari’s neck, killing him on the spot".

Added 2011-10-17 by Rangamuffin

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

kabaadi

\Cub-aa-dee\
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Have you ever been woken from a deep slumber by a low, guttural, hair-raising, almost non-human voice crying "kabaaadeee" (sometimes sounding more like "kabaadoooooiiiiii")? The voice comes in steady intervals, emanating from one street and then moving systematically on to the next. Finally, it stops right outside your gate and you wonder "oh blimey, now what?". Not to be confused with the indigenous sport kabaddi, kabaadi refers to all manner of household waste or junk materials that can be recycled. The kabaadiwallah is the guy with the formidable voice projection who pays house to house visits to kindly rid you of your extra newspapers, old shoes, broken suitcases, broken pressure cooker lid, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, etc, etc. Instead of fearing him (as I always did as a kid), you should be damn grateful to the kabaadiwallah. An astounding proportion of all municipal solid waste in India's cities is processed through human rag pickers and kabaadiwallahs. Often from the very lowest rungs of India's deeply hierarchical society, these are the individuals who sort through your waste and pick out items with nominal re-sale value as a way of eking out their livelihoods.

Usage

The kabaadiwallah is coming today -- good! Finally we can get rid of our mountain of newspapers.
Added 2011-08-06 by Rangamuffin
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Can be added as a suffix to denote a trade; "from" or "belonging to" a particular profession or location; wallah is for man and wallih for woman -- e.g. shopwallah (guy who owns the shop), banglewallih (woman who sells you bangles), sabjiwallah (guy who sells you veggies), or Dhilliwallah (fellow from Delhi).

Usage

Please go and tell the shopwallah that his rice is full of keeda (insects)!

That meatwallah sells Halal, so I go there only.

Added 2011-08-06 by Rangamuffin

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Money & Business

Related Terms

crank calls

Terms referencing this

Peshal

superhit muqabla

\super-hit MOOK-abla\
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"Superhit Muqabla" was an extremely popular "Top 10" countdown show of Bollywood songs -- superhit songs -- on the Doordarshan TV network that ran in the 1990s. Initially hosted by the Indian rapper Baba Sehgal, it won instant widespread appeal and became the model for subsequent interactive pop music TV shows. It was the mother of all countdowns! Votes for the Top 10 were decided entirely by viewers, but compared to the rapidity with which SMS polls are conducted these days, Superhit Muquabla solicited votes through snail-mail post cards.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhit_Muqabla

Usage

Last night, no, that DDLJ song came on Superhit Muqabla! Shahrukh is toooo good, man, toooo good.
Added 2011-08-04 by Rangamuffin
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Now, what honestly can be better than a superhit -- a bloody hit above all hits?! Most commonly used in reference to a runaway hit filmi number, the term is also used to describe a first-class meal, a sizzling actress, a mindblowingly good movie, a spanking new shopping mall, a hotel with melt-in-your-mouth good dosas, etc, etc.

Usage

Go to Mysore. You'll get first-class masala dosas there! Suuuperhit aagide!
Added 2011-08-04 by Rangamuffin

mole

\"mollay" or just "mol"\
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Term of endearment used for a child.

Usage

Noooo crying mole; I'll get you another Nirula's cone.
Added 2011-08-04 by Rangamuffin

Root

Malayalam

Region

Kerala

Terms referencing this

khoka
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Sipsay

\Sip-say\
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Noun. August 5, 2011, Word of the Day
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Most people who've traveled on the Indian Railways would agree that the best part of the journey is the endless barrage of food that comes your way. Depending on what region of India you're in, your choices might range from hot hot idli-vadas wrapped in banana leaves and newspapers, to steaming peppered tomato soup served in styrofoam cups, to chai/coffee, to SIPSAAAAY. "What are sipsays?" you may ask. It took me a while to figure this one out. I would hear "Chaicoffeeidlivadatomatrsoupsipsaaay" bellowed as the vendors breezed pass our train cabin and always wonder what that last item was. Why, of course! Chips! An adaptation of the English word for "chips" -- or, as the Brits would say, "crisps" -- "sipsay" are those delightful deep fried, salted, spiced slices of potato/jackfruit/banana that we all love to munch on! Next time you're on a train and you hear "sipsay", stop the fella and grab a few. Then you'll really be able to sakkath majaa maadi on your journey!

Usage

Vendor: "Chaicoffeeidlivadatomatrsoupsipsaaay!!!!!!!!"
Child: Amma, I want banana chips!
Amma: OK mole.
Added 2011-08-04 by Rangamuffin