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The latest addition to the 'B' lexicon list.
Abhishek Bachhan recently tweeted calling his newly born daughter 'Beti B'. The lexicon has been an instant hit, being used repeatedly in the print and online media.

Usage

A news item says: Abhishek Bachhan seeks suggestions for his new born Beti B.
Added 2012-01-01 by WonYendWonly

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

Beta, Big B

Definition

India is probably, the only country in world where you can sell such a product.
Since mid-nineties, hundreds of such products have hit the Indian retail market.
These products come in a cream form. They assure that if used 'regularly', they can turn the user from 'dark' to fair'.
Some even come with a 'scale' to verify that you have really turned 'fairer' than you were before.
There are even some creams, 'specialized for men'.
This accentuates the obsession of Indians with the 'fair' colour.

Usage

A typical ad would sound like:
Saat din mein Gora banaye - India's best selling fairness cream - XYZ
Added 2011-12-25 by WonYendWonly

ISI

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ISI, a recurrent word in Indian newspapers and lately also a recurrent word in newspapers worldover, is the abbreviation of Inter-Service-Intelligence, the intelligence agency of Pakistan.

Usage

"The recent blasts are a handiwork of ISI"
"2 ISI agents were arrested in Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh"
Added 2011-10-23 by WonYendWonly
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Used to mean "What's the big deal?".
It is difficult to say what this phrase translates into and which language.

Usage

Raju: "Today, there is a bandh, no buses. How will you go to office?"
Sanju: "I will take the local train, what is there?"
Added 2011-10-20 by WonYendWonly
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This phrase is used to insist the 'presence' of something.
No grammarian will be averse to using this phrase. However, the way it is deployed in India is interesting.

For example, the sentence "There's a lot of confusion" will become "Confusion is there."

In remote villages that see water supply only for a limited time in the day, you would hear the phrase: "Water has come" or "Water is there."

A newly wed couple, when asked, when they are giving the 'good news', might reply "Time is there", which translates in Hindi to "Abhi time hain."

Usage

"The movie was good but a lot of violence was there."

"I can get the award, but this time a lot of competition is there."

Added 2011-10-19 by WonYendWonly

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English

Region

All India

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What is there?, N
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Though the dictionary meaning of the word 'body' is the "complete physical structure of an animal" or a "corpse", in South Asian lingo, 'Body' is also used to describe the well toned muscles of a man.
A man having a 'good body' is an enthu cutlet who goes to a gym and works out for 'making a body.'

Usage

Aamir Khan's body in Ghajini is so good yaar!
Added 2011-10-18 by WonYendWonly

Root

English

Region

All India

Related Terms

figaar, figure, Figure

baai

\b-aa-ee\
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The inseparable member of every Indian household - the maid. She is generally seen arriving in the house in the morning, performs the routines of Bartan, Kapdaa, jhaadu pocha, etc and return back home in an hour or so, depending upon the bulk of the 'work'.
She is usually a middle-aged lady residing in some nearby slum area.
One single day of the Baai's absence holds the potential of causing the whole house going topsy turvy.

Usage

Shalini: The baai is not coming today.
Malini: Seriously? She has taken so many chhuttis this month naa...
Added 2011-10-17 by WonYendWonly

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

People

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jhaadu pocha
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Generally used to mean 'Exactly' or 'I agree with what you say' or 'That's exactly what I suspected'. Can be used to express your agreement in an excited fashion.

Usage

Rajiv: Are you sure you will be able to complete this task in 2 days, as you agreed?
Vivek: May be in not in 2 days, but in 3 days.
Rajiv: That's What! You are not good at estimation.
Added 2011-10-17 by WonYendWonly
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A 'video coach', usually mentioned in bold font right on the main screen in front of the driver, in old days (till a decade and half back) used to represent a bus with a 'video', meaning a small TV in the bus that would play a movie.
Over the years, the video coach has been replaced by 'DVD coach', because video casettes have been replaced by DVDs.

Usage

A: Did you see the Shah Rukh's movie 'Koylaa'?
B: Yes yaar, what a bakwaas, I saw it in the video coach when I was returning from my native.
Added 2011-10-16 by WonYendWonly

Root

English

Region

North India

Categories

Transportation

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Volvo
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