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Hey Mumbai trying to copy your cousin brother NYC is it? Should we sing Copy Cat Kill a Rat Sunday Monday Eat Your Rat?
Mumbai now has its own logo. Issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) the logo is supposed to represent Mumba Devi, the deity the city is named after. "Majhi Mumbai" or "my Mumbai" is the slogan on the logo.

Indian obsession with a woman's maternal role (see above mother there is no other) is clearly visible in the city's logo where a blue dot atop a black circular outline of arms denotes a mother embracing a white flower, symbolic of a child it simms.

If you ask us, it looks like a Fatty Bombalatty fellow rubbing his stomach after consuming jalebi mixed with a small ganja leaf or a post-prandial Mumbaikar ambling around Chaupati after eating Bhelpuri!

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"Isn’t it interesting that in an age where voting by sms, calls, contests on facebook/twitter are common, the BMC decides to take this regressive step and choose a logo for Mumbai without its citizen’s participation, input or involvement"
Added 2013-05-17 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Marathi

Region

Bombay

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Mother India, rupee symbol

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Bengalis have always taken great pride in their rich culture of ideas, poetry, language, lyricism and intellectual output. Hence it is not surprising that they have unique word for everything un-Bengali. The word apasanskriti is a Bengali word which means debased culture or low/crass/hedonistic/ mass culture.

Usage

Bengali Transport minister in response to IPL cheerleaders:

"This is nothing but apasanskriti. The whole thing has left me shocked.How can girls in such dresses be allowed to perform at cricket matches?”

Added 2013-05-11 by Dishoom Dishoom

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Bengali

Region

Calcutta

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Bhadralok, high brown
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From the greatbong:

Bokachoda: Moronic Fornicator.If there is one Bengali word a non-Bengali knows, it is this. The iconic swear-word is the Bong F-word. Depending on the context and the way in which you say it, it can convey anger, wonderment, sadness, disappointment, arousal, excitement or joy. As an added advantage, you can take out the “Boka” and attach different pre-fixes (“pagla” mad, “chagol” goat, “chomchom” a sweet) behind the “Choda” and each combination becomes a lethal swear-word, a perfect example of code reuse. So great has been the influence of this word that one of the first websites in India to be banned (the owner was also arrested) was bokachoda.com (around 1999) for its anti-CPM and sometimes anti-Bengali vitriol

Usage

Bloody Bokachoda!
Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Bengali

Region

Bengal

Categories

Very Bad Words

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chooth, Chooth Fatang, Monkey Cap

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Magi, Thanda lege jaabe
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In India, we take three things very seriously.

First, we love our mothers. We have all internalized the idea that above mother there is no other. Even our favorite Feku Mr. Namo in a recent speech appealed to the mother india argument.

Second, we love our sweets. Ordinary events lead to Muh meetha karo!

Third, we love Bollywood.

At the intersection of Bollywood, Mother and Sweets venn diagram is Gajar Ka Halwa! Made from carrots, it is typically served up by a long suffering grey haired mother, garbed in a crushed cotton sari, to her beloved prodigal son or beta who has returned from serving jail time or some arduous adventure!
Always bright orange in color and always served with love.

Usage

Mother: Beta, Maine tumhare liye gajar ka halwa banaya hai.”(Son, I have made gajar ka halwa for you.)

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Ganster 1: “Aaj mere paas gaadi hai, Bangla hai, Rupya hai. Tumhare paas kya hai?”
( Today, I have Cars and Bungalows and Money. What do you have?)

Ganster 2; “Mere paas Maa hain aur maa ke haath ka bana gajar ka halwa hai”.
( I have Mother on my side and the Carrot pudding she makes)

Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

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Jalebi

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Another 'gate' has emerged since Coalgate. Basically a rich Indian family (the Gupta brothers) in South Africa took Indian wedding extravagance to the next level and chartered a private jet for their guests. They had so much pull that they got special perm to land the jet on a military base near the capital, Pretoria.

We don't find this that surprising. Our regular aam aadmi types are known to have elephants, 500 person gueslists and five thousand plates of gajar ka halwa at their weddings; so a little extra dhinchak at a rich mans wedding with Bollywood stars, government officials and privileged access to air strips is de rigueur

Usage

"The South African Civil Aviation Authority has fined India’s Jet Airways R80,000 ($8,800) after a chartered Airbus A330 carrying wedding guests from India to Sun City landed at a nearby military airport without permission and proper paperwork.

The incident has locally become known as “Guptagate” as the charter was organized by the wealthy and politically connected Gupta family, owners of TNA Media in Midrand, South Africa."

Added 2013-05-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

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English

Region

South Africa

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Coalgate, Pull, Dhinchak, aam aadmi

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In an effort to highlight the enterprising Guju spirt and to showcase the power of female entrepreneurship, our favorite half-sleeve wearing Feku mentioned Jasuben pizza. Jasuben pizza is a successful pizza chain in Gujarat that infuses Italian pizza with Guju elements.

The standard pizzas, priced at 50 rupees ($1), are made on bhakri (Gujarati flat bread) and topped with spicy homemade gravy, chopped tomatoes, capsicum and onions. Customers can also ask for a Jain version, without onions.

It takes its name from Jasuben, a woman who moved from her native Pune to Ahmedabad after she got married. She opened her eponymous pizza take away in 1975.

Usage

"Now the media will think Jasuben is like Kalawati, and search for her, so let me tell you she died in Pune five years ago." - Namo
Added 2013-05-09 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Gujarati

Region

Gujarat

Related Terms

Feku, Pappu, mouse charmer, NaMo

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Seez, Mother India

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As we lead up to the next elections, Feku Modi and Pappu Gandhi are aggressively promoting their platforms and approaches to leadership and their visions for country. Part of simplifying ones message to aam admi is to use catchy metaphors that stick. Modi is of the above mother there is no other school where abstract 'India' is Mother India. In a recent speech to to a group of women entrepreneurs, he dutifully mentioned all the markers in modern India that embody women empowerment – Amul, Lijjat papad, and Jasuben pizza

In contrast to Rahul Gandhi's vision of India as a "beehive," he made it clear that his India is mother India. To quote him:

"In our culture and heritage, mothers come above everyone else. 'Ma' evokes reverence - that is our tradition. We call 'Bharat'- our country - Ma... anything we hold in reverence we address as Ma,"

While this is all well and good, modern Indian women found it condescending and even backward. A reporter on the topic notes that:

"Modiji’s bharatiya naari is an entirely different breed, best epitomised in iconic ye olde Hindi film cliches: the gaon ki gori sweating over the hot chulha; demure housewife serving chai-paani to her hardworking patidev; long-suffering widow who looks for livelihood to feed her children; soft-hearted mother whose love extends to all of God’s creatures. Why talk to the real women in front of you, when you can wax eloquent about imaginary ones culled from fiction."

Usage

“It pained me when I heard one Congress leader’s speech calling India a beehive. For them, this nation could be a beehive but for us, this nation is our mother. This India is my mother" - Namo
Added 2013-05-09 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Terms referencing this

maiya, Mumbai Logo, Maa, Bharat Mata, mandi pennu

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Abbreviation. January 21, 2014, Word of the Day
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Namo is short for Narendra Modi. In India, politicians act like demi-gods and so its no surprise that Namo comes from the same Sanskrit root as “Namaste" and means “homage” or "bowing to."

Unclear how this moniker came about it. Was it his god-fearing acolytes who revere him so much that they gave him this name? Was it a brilliant marketing ploy on his part (see Modi Kurta) to seem godly? Was it his efforts to embrace the social web as an up and coming mouse charmer? (#namo way cooler than #narendramodi). We will never know...

Usage

"NaMo's rising international graph: Swiss, Canadian envoys meet Modi"

"Narendra Modi reveals NaMo mantras at India Today Conclave, says he has the ideas to bring about change"

"Unstoppable NaMo stops all detractors in their tracks"

"From Om NaMo Shivay to the Modi Mantra - Redefining India!"

Added 2013-05-08 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Neologism

Region

All India

Related Terms

Feku, Pappu

Terms referencing this

Jasuben Pizza, Mother India

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While typically used to refer to a beautiful and fair girl from a village, the expression itself reveals something interesting about us.

Hindi phrase which translates to "the white girl in the village." "Gaon" means "village" and "gori" means "fair."

Being an Indian girl who looks like a gori girl or a foreigner is always a compliment.Also the name of a popular Bollywood movie. Stems from our national obsession with being fair.

Usage

"Modiji’s bharatiya naari is an entirely different breed, best epitomised in iconic ye olde Hindi film cliches: the gaon ki gori sweating over the hot chulha; demure housewife serving chai-paani to her hardworking patidev; long-suffering widow who looks for livelihood to feed her children; soft-hearted mother whose love extends to all of God’s creatures. Why talk to the real women in front of you, when you can wax eloquent about imaginary ones culled from fiction."
Added 2013-05-08 by Dishoom Dishoom

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Most Indians never encounter Latin words or phrases as part of their formal education. But if you went to Bishop Cottons in Bangalore you will inevitably come to learn and hate the phrase "Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum." Latin for "neither to the left, nor to the right," it is the school's motto, recited by Draconian school administrators and unctuous school prefects.

For wayward monkeys like me with a preternatural anti-establisment streak and a history of insubordination issues, this phrase stood for everything oppressive, confining and soul-crushing about Indian education.

Nec Dextrorsum, Nec Sinistrorsum - the proverbial Procrustean bed. Too far to the left and you will be get one nice thappad on your head. Too far to the right, six lashes on your bum. On straight on like a bakra and everything will be just right.

Usage

Cottons Boy1: Hey man we need to all stand in height order and walk over to the multi-purpose hall for socials! Can't wait to see all those cute Cottonian chicks! I am going to try and kiss Apeksha today!
Cottons Boy2: What a great idea! And I have some khodays rum on me which I am going to smuggle in! Full party today!

PT Master (hitting two boys on the head with duster): Bleddy idiots! Stop talking all this nonsense. Remember our school motto: Nec Dextrorsum, Nec Sinistrorsum. You two are a disgrace!

Added 2013-05-06 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Multiple

Region

Bangalore

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

Bishop Cottons, cottonian

Terms referencing this

Bishop Cotton Boys School Song

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Whatte! Fellow Cottonian I say you are? So nice. My eyes only popped off when I saw the old school motto on Samosapedia - I think I still remember the whole thing. And you poor boys in the boys school had a rougher time than us gals it simms - our education was not so oppressive as y'all's.

Only one time I was fully envious of you lot - when I saw your canteen for the first time. Pah! Full love light only came off - you blighters got such fancy shmancy food like dosa and sandwich and whatnots one proper sagar type place man! Our little metal box called the tuck shop only had aloo rolls and mug'noodles and bar-one chocolate.

And hahahaaaa, don't even talk about those socials! I'll let you in on a secret, the girls would also be slyly checking out all the cute baiz as we walked in!

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