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english phd student who routinely laughs herself stuppid at indian-isms.

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Exclamation.
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Definition

Loud attention-getting exclamation.

Usage

Oye!, bearer, bring three Old Monk Rum and Coke for the gents and three Fresh Lime Soda, sweet and salt, for the ladice.
Added 2011-09-30 by simbly

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Ayye!, Ayyo, hey bhagwan
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Phrase.
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A traitor, a Benedict Arnold, one with shifting loyalties.

Origin: "party" presumably means any affiliation, not necessarily political; "badalna" is "to change"; "badlu" therefore refers to one who changes.

Usage

"That bleddy Gupta, what a party badlu, he promised me over a Patiala peg that he would vote for me in the club elections for the Badminton Committee, but I found out from Harish he voted for Mrs. Deshpande instead! People just can't be trusted these days, I tell you!"
Added 2011-09-29 by simbly
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Now-standard phrase printed in very small font at the very bottom of even very lavish wedding/reception invitations. Intended primarily to dissuade people from bringing useless regifted boxed gifts or enormous bouquets that will wilt in 2-3 days; has varying degrees of success, from moderate to minimal, often with the result that everyone simply brings a cover instead. This is quite all right, for the aforementioned phrase may well have been printed on the cards for decorum's sake only ("How can we actually *ask* for gifts? Na baba na, no-one does that these days!") and against the wishes of at least one greedy immediate-family member who is hosting the reception and who will secretly count the takings the next morning.

Usage

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Mehta
solicit your presence
at a reception to celebrate the wedding of their son
Mrigen
to
Radhika (d/o Mrs. Beena and Mr. Sunil Sawhney)

Venue:
Time:
Date:

Blessings Only Please

Added 2011-09-29 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

Function, Marriage Season, Cover

COD

\see-oh-dee\
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Short for "Cash On Delivery". India is a land of utter convenience for the customer: you make a phone call to buy something (whether it is a single sutta or an Akai TV), and it is duly delivered to your doorstep on trust alone, with the expectation that you will give COD once the goods/services have been accepted into your home. In the age of e-commerce, COD has morphed into modern India's modern solution to the plague of credit card and identity theft so rampant in online transactions; instead of jeopardizing the safety of your plastic when you buy books from Flipkart or train tickets from Yatra, you can now go in for COD, thereby satisfying your material cravings, helping the Internet economy boom, and keeping hundreds of delivery boys employed, all from the comfort of your own home.

Usage

Payment options on a shoe-buying website:
- Mastercard credit card
- Visa credit card
- Diners Club credit card
- Bank of Baroda debit card
- COD
Added 2011-09-29 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Money & Business

Related Terms

Paisa vasool, Rupee, Pay packet

Terms referencing this

cover, forum wars
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Phrase.
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Definition

have, buy, choose

Usage

1. I would like to go in for the vanilla hot fudge nut sundae, please.

2. I will go in for the 12MP Canon camera rather than the 10MP Nikon camera, they are same price but Canon is better paisa vasool.

Added 2011-08-20 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Money & Business

Related Terms

we are like this only

healthy

\hel-theeee\
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Adjective.
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Definition

Euphemism for: fat, chubby, tubby, fleshy, overweight, just short of obese. Used, inter alia, in defense of lazy good for nothing boys whose waistlines slowly creep outwards, and in praise of marriageable ladice with child-bearing hips or newly-married ladice who have just come into post-marital chub. Can be inadvertently offensive (e.g., when the target has been dieting strenuously but without result, or when the implication is that in a past life you were practically a victim of famine).

Usage

1. Well-meaning aunty: Arre, Roohi, you are looking so healthy nowadays. First you used to look like a stick! But now in your sasuraal (in-laws' home) they must be feeding you so many asli-ghee mithais and all...
Roohi: (looks miffed)

2. Prospective mother-in-law: I simply cannot get my son married to that girl Samira -- he's so handsome, and look at her, she's like a baby elephant only!
Prospective m-i-l's nosy matchmaking friend: Come on, Preeti, she's just healthy; and she has such a nice personality also, very sweet girl, and makes excellent Marwari food!

Added 2011-08-19 by simbly

Root

English

Region

North India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

moti, bonda

Terms referencing this

haalthy, Gol matol, Vaastu

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Elevator. (See also: "flat" for apartment, "plait" for braid...)

Usage

Mistress of the house, screaming from one corner of the flat to the other: Arre o Sukhiram, lift ko bulaao!
Added 2011-08-18 by simbly

Root

English

Region

All India

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Flat
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Adjective.
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Definition

Horny, coquettish, flirtatious.

Usage

That Sunil is such a tharki behen chod -- once I saw him hitting on a girl of his younger cousin sister's age!!! Chee!
Added 2011-08-18 by simbly

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Terms referencing this

ashleel harkat

ghar mein maa-behen nahin hai kya?

\guh-r may maa bay-hen naa-hee hay kyaa?\
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Phrase. February 15, 2013, Word of the Day
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Literally, "Don't you have a mother and a sister at home?" An angry exclamation of disgust and/or self-defense, used in response to lecherous looks or behaviour by Road Side Romeos or eve teasers. The implication, of course, is not that the young gent in question should focus his tharki attentions homeward, but that having a mother and sister(s) at home should have taught him some basic etiquette toward women in the first place.

(In hindsight, perhaps this question is not really that constructive; if mother-sister *had* taught him manners, he wouldn't be out lounging on the footpath whistling and hollering, or in public buses surreptitiously copping a feel at every bump in the road. Oh, well, no-one promised logic. And to tell the truth, the point of such a statement is really to retaliate, intimidate the bully, and signal to any older passersby or passengers that they should come to one's rescue asap.)

Usage

(Tashan Tushar tries to make a pass at a girl on a crowded Bombay double-decker bus. But she's having none of it.)
Anjali: Abbe, behen chod, haath lagaata hai (touching or what)? Saale, what do you think of yourself? Ghar mein maa-behen nahin hai kya?
(Immediately all heads turn, and two-three uncles and auties restrain the offender, one of them smacking him around the head with a newspaper.)
Added 2011-08-18 by simbly

yeh shaadi nahin ho sakti!

\yay shaa-dee naa-hee ho suck-tee!\
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Exclamation.
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Literally, "This wedding cannot take place!" A totally predictable plot twist in any number of Bollywood movies, but still causes nail-biting and constipation among fervent fans every damn time. The equivalent of the classic interruption to "Speak now or forever hold your peace" scenes in Hollywood films, these words are often spoken -- or sobbed -- for maximum effect by the hero's estranged brother, or his widowed mother, or the would-be bride's jilted ex from a lau failure that took place before the interval.

But don't take tension: things turn out for the best. Always. Every time. Them Yash Raj fellas don't mess around, mind it!

Usage

(The scene: It is basically Act V, Scene I of a B-grade Bollywood movie. The desolate, rejected hero, who has been basically bribed and beaten to get out of the picture by the heroine's rich, evil mustachioed father so that she can marry another rich, evil business contact's son, is just about to board a plane to Amreeka FOREVER when his portly best friend runs, panting, up to the gate. Thereupon follows a rousing best-friend heart-to-heart speech about lau; a quick interlude, with reprised title track whining in the background, in which the hero realizes he is wrong to let his dearly beloved get away; and a mad motorcycle ride to the nearby 5-star hotel where the waif in question is just about to be married off to Burinder Singh Raja. Seconds later, they burst through the doors of the hall, past the beefy but totally incompetent security guards and the bride's enraged father in a pink Pagg, and skid to a stop fixating on the stage where the couple is about to circle the holy fire, and the groom shouts...)

Ruk jao (stop!) Yeh shaadi nahin ho sakti!

(The audience bursts into spontaneous tears of joy, weeping into their popcorn as SRK or another of his ilk saves the day once again.)

Added 2011-08-18 by simbly

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

shadi