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Pronounced Keh-ra, in colloquial Kannada the word denotes sandals. The other alternate colloquialism is Mettu.

Normally the urban Kannadigas use the term Chappali and Chappal and slippers and sandals in normal speech.

But when tempers flare and verbal duels begin profanity doesn't love the company of urban language.
Our urban brothers love to use the colloquial equivalents of the footwear in speech.

Although, you might find people elsewhere in the world kicking you barefoot or with feet adorned in boots or shoes, the ones in Karnataka and in India always threaten to take the footwear in their hand and beat you with it.

I don't know if this cultural habit of picking up the sandals with their hands as weaponry is to show respect to the footwear or so as not to compromise the useful life expectancy of the hallowed weapon by inappropriate usage.

For all that it should make no difference, the footwear knows by experience.
Kannadigas and Indians only verbally threaten to perform the Kera seva but almost never ever carry out the threat.


Available footwear seva options in Karnataka:
1. Boods naag odi-thini.(Will kick you with boots.) (Yes, boods is boots in Karnataka) {Odi is pronounced as Oh-thee, meaning kick.}

2. Mett nnag hoDi-theeni.(Will hit you with chappal.)

3. Kera thagond hoDi-thini.( Will pick up the chappal and hit you.)
{hoDi is pronounced Hoh-dee, meaning hit.}

Added 2012-01-04 by I love Dtool





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