The definitive guide to South Asian lingo

The region "North India" has 513 entries

Definition

Now I know there is already one side splitting-ly funny definition (Poori is vawesome!), but it is only making saanse for Mallu persons.

So I am here to describe and outline the other version of the great Indian headbath. The Northie variety. Specifically the Punju variety. Even more specifically the dry hair Punju variety.

You see, in Kerala the daily head bath and kawkanut oyll is very much a religion. But what about the North? There an individual's headbath frequency is determined by the hair type - oily hair means every two days headbath, normal hair means twice a week, and dry hair means only once a week headbath.

When I was a chunnumunnu, since I hail from a family of perrenially dry heads, the phamily kulchur meant Sunday ke Sunday was headbath day. After a lazy breakfast, the naariyal tel bottle ( translation : the ubiquitous Parachute coconut oil container) would see brisk action as copious amounts were applied on the scalp. (In the chilling winters you had to drop the bottle in some hot water to melt the opaque white mass that was the frozen version). Of course having dry hair and a dry scalp meant one's scalp soaked up all that oil like a desert cactus soaking up water in the monsoon.

If you were lucky enough and your mummy was in a nice mood, she'd give you a super champi head massage with the oil which left you feeling incredibly relaxed and at peace with all creation, even the sidey playground bully.

After an hour or so, you would lazily proceed to have your headbath and wash out almost all the oil from your scalp and hair with some nice smelling shampoo. Not all of it mind you, you had to leave a little bit while washing most of the oil out.

Then why did we put so much oil in the first place it if we washed it all out you ask? Conditioning beta, conditioning. There was no other way to condition dry hair in those days - conditioner was an unheard of product back then. If you didin't oil your hair before washing it, you would go to school the next day looking like a damn porcupine that got electrocuted. Seriously.

After exiting the bathroom, you would then proceed to thwack the dear life out of your hair with a towel to aid the drying process - if it was winter time you could pop out into the garden and enjoy the mild warmth of the hazy winter sun as your hair dried up. Hair dryers were a big no-no, air drying was all the vogue.

One major problem that my Southern pals rarely faced was the terrifying prospect of having headbath during the bone chilling North Indian winter. Bleddy the damn hot water bucket would somehow get over midbath, which left you the with the unappealing option of finishing the headbath with icy cold water or leaving the half rinsed out shampoo on your head. You cannot truly understand the Naarthie preference for hot water head bath till you have howled like a banshee with frigid Arctic water cascading mercilessly down your head and forming icicles on your bum, while the steam rose off your shivering limbs. Such teeth chattering horrors do not occur in sunny Kerala.


Usage

"Mummeeee it's too cold today I don't want to have headbath!"

"Nothing doing! You want to get lice? Chalo chalo get in the bathroom and wash your hair right now! Don't finish off all the hot water too quickly again"

Added 2014-07-01 by Surdie Birdie

Root

English

Region

North India

Related Terms

Headbath

Pan Swad

\paan sw-aad\
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Noun.
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Definition

A pink coloured candy which tastes like paan. It was really popular back in the 80's and was the main market competitor of Paan Pasand.

Usage

Ram: Hey, do you know how Pan Swad is made?
Vijay (with a Pan Swad in his mouth): No re, tell me na.
Ram: It's made with the spit of paan eaters.
Vijay: Chee!
Added 2014-05-07 by Baba-G

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Food and Drink
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Phrase.
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Definition

Literal meaning is : destroy my pubic hair. Denotes someone (or somtimes, something) is not powerful enough to affect you.

Usage

Champu : Arre bhai, cigarette chupa lo...College principal aa raha hai idhar..

(Arrey bhai, hide your cigarette... College Principal is coming this way).

Dude : Arre aane de, apna jhaant kabaad lega wo?

(Arrey, let him come, will he destroy my pubic hair?)

Added 2014-04-28 by K_TR

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Very Bad Words

Related Terms

jhaantey lal hona

Chouwwa Saala

\chow-wa saa-la\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

To express frustration/anguish. disappointment.
Also sometimes used to address some one.

Chouwwa: basically means dumb (could be used for a person or a situation)
eg: Kya chouwwa kar rahan hai (What the heck are you doing, dumbass)
Kya chouwwa ho rahan hai uss company, every1 is getting fired!!

Usage

Ruk ja chouwwa saala, aya thodi time mein!!
(Wait dude/succa, i will be there in some time)

Lance: I don't think Kejriwal has right intentions..
Klusner: Chouwwa saala.(Frustration) Look at his past ......

Added 2014-01-20 by sajetshah

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Related Terms

Ey Go Ya, Gadbad, Saala

Kameena

\Ke-mee-naa\
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Adjective.
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Definition

Cheap

Usage

Man that Raju is such a Kameena, he wouldn't let me borrow his Operations Research book.
Added 2014-01-20 by Kamina

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

People

Related Terms

cheapo, cheap and best

Ghanta

\ghe-an-ta\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

Nada, nothing!

Usage

Person A: Did she give you the book?

Person B: No guy, She gave me ghanta.

Added 2014-01-20 by Kamina

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Related Terms

nothing doing, vela
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Jhaat ka Jhingur

\jhaat kah jing-oor\
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Definition

literally it means a "Cricket (insect) in Pubes", however mainly used for a person who is silly or has committed something very silly.

Usage

Salley tu poora jhaat ka jhingur hai..
Added 2013-10-21 by Pavi

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Very Bad Words

Related Terms

chutiya, jhatu

Definition

The ultimate door to door recyclers. These enterprising souls push thelas or pedal in cities and neighborhoods, yelling Raddi, Paper, Botal in a pitch that would be the envy of Nusrat Fateh Ali. Middle-class families in India known for their careful ways hoard newspapers, bottles, and old clothes waiting for the occasion when the panhandler pays their street a visit. The visit occurs mid-day, when the mahila of the house will have finished her chores and be ready for the occasion, whence the months' supply of newspapers will be bundled, tied up in a sutli, and handed over for the ceremonial weighing. After a good bit of haggling over the price and the actual weight, a few rupees exchange hands and the money is usually tucked into the blouse, or kept in the almirah. With so much of loose paper and bottles strewn all over the streets, it is a wonder these panhandlers make the effort to go door to door buying Raddi, Paper, Botal. Nevertheless, they are an Indian institution, and keep tonnes of trash off the street and into recycling systems.

Usage

RADDII, PAYYPERR, BOTALLL.
Added 2013-05-11 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Gaamud

\ga-mud\
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Adjective.
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Definition

literally meaning villager, gaamud is used to refer to a foolish person.
can be used interchangeably with gadhedo, gando or dooba

Usage

Dolly bhabhi to Lovely aunty: This new bai, total gaamud che. Yesterday she was pointing to washing machine and asking generator che ke?
Added 2013-02-12 by filmy fellow

Root

Gujarati

Region

North India

Related Terms

dooba, gando, gadhedo

Terms referencing this

Gandyo

chudell

\choo-d-el\
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Noun.
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Definition

A female ghost.

Usage

To describe a female who is ugly and evil : Just ignore her, she is such a chudell, yaar!
Added 2013-02-07 by Chatpat

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Related Terms

booth