The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

The desi relationship with money and business is complex, to say the least. A kaaka shop of some kind (call it what you will) lurks somewhere on the street corner. Some members of the junta have black money; despite not paying taxes to the gorement, some might still act like a Kanjoos Makkhichoos, always looking for the cheap and best option in life.

When times are hard, we grow a money plant. When times our good, we give money garlands to show affection. And at all times, we are ready to give one tight slap and say "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees" to our children who will inevitably spend their pocket money on one extra pink tuck, only to then do namaskaram and get the money back from unsuspecting grandparents.

We give money to our policemen to grow mustaches (Stache for Cash). The same policemen protect us when we are duped and made to feel like Tirupathi Laddus! Sometimes, the state fails us, as she is too busy fighting or colluding with spectrum rajas.
There are lurid myths about those that sell their kidneys for money (Kidneyvakkam). Spend your single naya paisa with care.
Money, like power, always croreupts.

BSNL

\bee-yess-yenn-yell\
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Abbreviation.
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Definition

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the India's only gorment phone company.

Also, "Baahar se nahin lagta" - literal translation, "doesn't connect from outside."

In reality, BSNL's cellular footprint across the country is quite extensive and quite reliable (for variable values of 'quite.') However, once in a while things come apart, and we have so many the frusted peoples who can't give the misscall and they scream and scream why the phone is not working.

Usage

"Jab try karo tab ... uska number hi BSNL hai."
Added 2012-05-09 by

Root

Hindi

Related Terms

misscall, peoples, gorment

Terms referencing this

MTNL
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Noun.
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Definition

generally used by gangsters and business men instead of crore.

Usage

get atleast 4 khokha if u want the work done.
Added 2012-02-19 by shatto

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Categories

Money & Business,

Related Terms

Crorepathi
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Princely Sum

\Princely Sum, two English words\
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Definition

A large amount of money.

Usage

Ambi: My grandfather told me that he was paid 800 rupees per month when he started working
Thambi: Did he also tell you that in those days, 800 rupees was a princely sum?
Ambi: Yes, he did. How did you know?
Thambi: They all talk like that.
Added 2012-02-19 by IndianInCowboyCountry

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Money & Business

Rokda

\row-k-dda\
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Noun.
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Definition

Money, hard cash

Usage

"Show me the ROKDA!"
Added 2012-01-25 by Jaximus

Root

Gujarati

Related Terms

maal, Paisa

Terms referencing this

bugs

Definition

To spend an entire night at work. It could be study nights during college or job deadlines during work.
Entire phrase is an action. Sometimes people only use 'night' as noun, meaning the same.

Usage

Ram: Hey, you coming for a movie?
Lakshman: No, yaar you carry on. Mujhe aaj night maarni hai. (Verb)
Lakshman: No yaar you carry on. Meri to aaj night hai! (noun)
Added 2012-01-12 by Pandeji

Root

Hindi

Region

Mumbai

Categories

Money & Business
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Adjective.
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Definition

Greedy....

Usage

Matrimonial Ad:

Looking for well cultured, broad-minded boy, with clean habits, preferably Software engineer or IT professional, who will take good care of our daughter. He should not be money-minded..

BROKERS - PLEASE EXCUSE!!

Added 2012-01-10 by MeekZilla
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Noun.
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Definition

It's a shop where you get designer coffee powder. Unlike than in any other Indian city it is a hallmark of Bangalore culture.

I know coffee works well on cold mornings, or if I haven't had a good night of sleep, or have a hangover or headache.

But here Coffee Works is a noun forming part of the business names of coffee powder making shops, like the business names that contain an Auto-Works, a Lathe-Works, and a Perfumery-Works, Bangalore is sprinkled with several thousands of Coffee Works, to which generations upon generations of customers have remained loyal.

If you are hooked on to say Venkateshwara Coffee Works and his freshly roasted-ground p.b coffee with 5 to 10% chicory you would say 'till apocalypse do us part' to that coffee.

The Coffee Works' greatest advantage is you can get the designer coffee customized to your taste, and even a couple of different blends to suit a a few coffee addicts of your home. You can buy just 100gms every two days. Prices are generally reasonable, usually just 10-20% higher than branded coffees.

Usage

Once, you finish the initial experimental titration
with a new local Coffee Works, and you narrow down to the kind of coffee blend and darkness you like best, all you have to tell the store guy is how much of it you want. He remembers very well the different blends each of his hundreds of customers prefer to buy.
Added 2012-01-09 by I love Dtool

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Related Terms

filter coffee
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Noun.
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Definition

A Rs 500 note same as Benjamin for Dollar generally term is used for giving bribes.

Usage

Kyo kaam nahi hua Gandhi nahi diya hoga ?

(No work will get done if you don't slip a Gandhi...)

Added 2012-01-09 by mjains

Root

Hindi

Categories

Money & Business

Related Terms

gandhi account

Terms referencing this

Bapu, Gandhi seat, Gandhi Slap
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Noun.
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Definition

Clerk.
The visible of the babus at the govt office, a case-worker, generally despised by public because he demands bribe openly and in simple language.

That is unlike the opicers who just dodge you until you get enlightenment and realize the workings of the "cause and effect" relationship of everything in the cosmos and at govt. offices.

He loves pan chewing, King cigarettes, afternoon whiskey and chicken biryani, safari suits on those days his boss switches from safari suits to tuxedos or while on leave.
Know that all these are given him as gifts by his service seekers.

With his measly incomes, all going to buy lands and buildings he can't throw his own money on all the luxuries he needs.

He is the boss for the attender or peon or Javana or class IV employee who however doesn't generally give a damn to the notional boss.

Usage

Usage aa? of a Claarkaa? : Use him or her to move your case by giving something or warming his palms.
Begin with Nodi by sykil.
Added 2012-01-04 by I love Dtool

Root

English

Region

South India

Related Terms

Emdee

valet

\ve'-let\
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Noun.
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Definition

the male version of the purse, where the man keep his money in the back paget along with his lau's photo, months of useless bills and debit and credit cards to effect a pronounced bulge on the bum.

Usage

Radha(the gold digger) to Sita(the pious): Ey look kanne, his paget is bulging so much..!! he must be having full money in his valet, come let's say hi to him.
Added 2012-01-03 by sykil

Root

Kannada

Region

South India

Categories

Money & Business