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Savyasachi

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In the subcontinental English you ask this way to a brand new acquaintance to find out from which part of the country is she coming from.

The essential feature of this and such expressions is; the habit we have of dropping the key interrogative words usually altogether from interrogative sentences.

You achieve this (since you can not speak the 'question mark' in the phrase) by body language by forming a question mark on your face either by raising your eyebrows or rocking your head up-backwards questioningly or by suitable hand gestures.

Usage

Q:You are from?
A: I am from Tumkur, Karnataka.

Similar uses are:

Q:You are going?
A: Oh, not so easily.

Q: This is drinking water?
A: Yes for our buffalo and maybe for you too.


Added 2012-02-19 by Savyasachi

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English

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All of y'all
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A name reserved exclusively for lovelorn female ghosts of India.
Universally across the country such ghosts are given that name in almost all languages making this lovely sounding label nearly unavailable to beautiful and living ladies.

In addition to ghosts, the name is quite comfortably assigned to bars and restaurants, movies, item girls,fancy stores,and men like that name given to all excepting especially their spouses instead preferring to call them Kali.

The female ghost's extra-long canines, white attire and hairdo is archetypical and no description is necessary for another 100 years.

Usage

"A Mohini haunting a college-going boy can lead to his failing in his exams and in worst cases, to bed-wetting."
Added 2012-01-17 by Savyasachi

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Multiple

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MBM

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Chandramukhi
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Noun. June 16, 2013, Word of the Day
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Also called 'balarishta dosha' meaning harm occurring to a child and family, solely due to birth-time planetary positions.

This India-specific syndrome can cause a ceiling fan to fall on parents and grand parents, burn the halva in the kitchen, sabotage a marriage arrangement or a court case and make you incur loss in gambling.

If the jataka/kundali is determined to be such, the child will be blamed for most of the bad things going on, even if all these bad things were going on even before the baby was conceived.

Solutions are aplenty; as many as are the number of jothishs in the town.

Usage

If a boy is frequently piqued by telling how his 'balagraha dosha' harmed his family, he can't wait for the days as an adult to be haunted by multiple mohinis.
Added 2012-01-17 by Savyasachi

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Multiple

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MBM

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WALTO
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Tus Pus English speakers use the term 'sugar complaint' for 'diabetes', but its traditional Indian name is Madhumeha.
The Sanskrit term sounds real sweet too.

Usage

" You are looking one type uncl.... What happen?"

" What to do young man, I have got Madhumeha"

"What uncle, really!!? New affair aaa !!? What will aunty do now??"

Added 2012-01-17 by Savyasachi

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Sanskrit

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Food and Drink

PDS

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Public Distribution System.
The high watermark of a Welfare state achieved by modern India's netas.

Usually, in the depot, ration shop or society records say that you have already bought this month's quota of sugar, cooking oil, and kerosene even if you were all on a two-month pilgrimage.

The FPS (fair price shop) owner usually wears 10 gold rings and a gold chain that's as thick as a rock-climber's rope.

Big farmers, rice mills, transporters, ag. dept. officials, ministers, black marketers, adulteration professionals, and enforcement officials all have a slice of the pie. It's a lucrative business even for the kerosene vendor who goes door to door to deliver the welfare fruits to people. You can't argue with such great service or accuracy of mensuration employed.

Usage

PDS and the ration card has been critical and essential to every Indian.
Close to 5 decades the ration card had often been the only documentary evidence that you exist, you are a citizen, and you wouldn't even be able to get a gas connection, passport, driving license and many of the privileges without that little booklet.

So, whether or not you ate any food at all, you would acquire a ration card as soon as you set up a family, add every new member to it, forget to delete dead members from it, and keep it safely all the time in the almirah or behind a god's photo.

Added 2012-01-17 by Savyasachi

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English

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MBM

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The Indian way of saying 'you are welcome' when some one says 'tanks' or 'thank you'.
Idiomatic considerations aside, the expression has an air of practicality. See usage.

Usage

Stranger who was given a glass of water by you at your door tells you, " Thank you. Sir"
You would say " No mention please" .
You won't say "You are Welcome" fearing that the stranger may barge in.
The word Welcome(often misspelt Well-come on sign boards and in written documents) is understood as an invitation to come in physically, as in "Ohohoho, Welcome Ramu Welcome!"
Added 2012-01-12 by Savyasachi
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The first signs that every villager in South India is enamoured by the English language and indoctrinates his pet and child alike to pick up the language even if all he knows of the language is just this one word and nothing more.

In rural areas of South India, 'tanks' actually goes for a shake hand.

Dogs and 'childrens' are painstakingly trained like circus animals to give tanks to all people -known and unknown.

By shaking hands with the bemused visitor, the animal-child demonstrates to the world that the parent/master has trained the child/dog in proper civil manners.

The word 'tanks' sometimes also doubles as 'thanks' from which it anyway derives existence.

Usage

"Ai tommy, Pandu unkle gey tanks kodu. "
"Ai, tommy, Pandu unkle gey tanks kodu. "
"Ai, tommy, Pandu unkle gey tanks kodu.... "
( Hey tommy(dog) shake hand with Pandu....)
(Poor Pandu is made an uncle even to the dog)

The command is repeated until success/partial success is seen or attempt aborted saying "today he is not in a mood". Pandu walks away with a sigh of relief, anyway disinterested.

"Ai, Papu, Pandu unkle gey tanks kodu."
"Ai, Papu, Pandu unkle gey tanks kodu."

This time it is tried on a less-than-a-year-old toddler.
The repetition of attempts goes on in proportion to the cash-gift you gave the baby.

Added 2012-01-12 by Savyasachi

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English

Region

Southies

Categories

WALTO

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menimeni tanks
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Once an element of wise urban planning in Bangalore to foster orderly growth of the city, the Blocks are now just a harsh reminder of how many road blocks need overcoming on your everyday commute between city centre and its southern parts.

Blocks are especially inescapable of notice in Bangalore the most cosmopolitan of cities. Inescapable because, you wouldn't stay for more than a week in Bengaluru and still not pass through Jayanagar, once one of the most beautiful of its suburbs.

Jayanagar consists of 10 blocks( 1 through 9 + 4th T) and has had a composite of both a laid back old worldly charm and flashes of modernity what with the first ever mall of Bangalore (Shopping complex), the first ever drive-in-theater, 100% good roads, lesser crime rates, and a lot of park-spaces for old people and young love birds to spend time undisturbed in a bindas way.

Often looked upon as a model of urban planning by other city governments, the whole of Jayanagar was like one huge promenade till 1990 and now it is like a younger sister of Karol Bagh, Delhi.

In 2012 on a rare day, as you step out of your gate, if you are not hit and hurt by a passing automobile, it's your lucky day and you will win a jackpot if you are into lottery playing.

Usage

Old man to not so old: "Come on sir!, where are you now and where we were then? We could walk from 9th block to 1st block and then on to Lalbagh in 20 minutes flat. Now, it takes 45 minutes in my new Maruti."
Added 2012-01-12 by Savyasachi

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English

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Places

ree

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Addressing a person in plural, and most husbands are called out 'ree' in Kannada. Although ree (Jee of, Hin and Ennange, Tam) can be used for respectfully addressing any other person and gender, it is most common wife>husband.

It is helpful in addressing someone whose name you do not immediately recall, when it works like terms "sir" or "mister".

But funnily enough, when Kannadigas address a stranger in a confronting mode when the stranger has behaved in an uncouth fashion, the say "Ree Mister"

Usage

So, in Karnataka if some one calls your attention with "Ree Mister", you can be certain that he/she is going to take class!
Added 2012-01-10 by Savyasachi

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Kannada

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All India
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1. Style, vigor and rigor of copulation that street-lore says can break the bed meaning Cot on which the act is performed.
Palang(Cot, Hindi), tod/thod( break, Hindi).

2. The Palang thod feat is believed possible to be accomplished by chewing an expensive variety of pan also called Palang thod, which is believed to be a monster aphrodisiac.

Pan is the famously chewable leaf/nut/lime combo of South Asia that reddens your tongue makes you look like a real desi.

Usage

Agar woh mili, mulakat palang tod mulakat hokar hi rahega.
(If I get her, the encounter would be
Added 2012-01-09 by Savyasachi

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Hindi

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CAPSTAN