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Everyday indian occurrences that would be special or uncommon in any other country. Neologism coined to describe the extraordinary ordinariness of daily life in India. See WALTO for reference.

Usage

Tony: Why is he feeding the statue milk?
Ganesh: Oh don't worry about it....its quoti(n)dian
Added 2013-07-12 by Dishoom Dishoom

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Neologism

Region

All India

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Junta, aam aadmi, mango people
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Noun. June 10, 2013, Word of the Day
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We are all too familiar with "Western" efforts at exoticizing India. When Americans or Europeans do it, we shake our heads disparagingly. See Opariah Winfrey, Brownface and Karma Gora for entires that capture our displeasure at being portrayed as nothing more than a land of elephants, snake-charmers and oh-so-colorful weddings. However, when the Brazilians do it, it feels different.

Caminho das Índias or "India a Love Story" is a popular and award winning soap opera that ran in Brazil in 2009. We won't get into the plot but it has all the masala of a good Bollywood film including trite illicit affairs between characters from different castes. However, there are Brazilian women in saris (every mans fantasy?) and attractive Brazilian men. And so as Indians we might have to reserve our judgements lest we be guilty of double standards as.. doesn't every desi exoticize BrazilianS as well?

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"The Caminho das Indias telenovela, with Hindi phrases thrown into the Portuguese dialogue, has piqued Brazilians' interest in the emerging economic powerhouse that was little-known here before.

Hindi phrases such as the exclamation Arre Baba (Oh my goodness!) have entered everyday speech; interest in yoga, meditation and Indian dance is on the rise and demand for Indian clothes and decorations has jumped. " - TVNZ
Added 2013-06-10 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

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Oblibolly, Bollywood

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In India, we don't need Zombie movies to fuel our inner - macabre selves. We have the living dead. Quite literally. These are people biologically alive but legally dead. The way it works is that people can pay off corrupt gorement officials to "declare" other people dead; at which point they execute some ghastly and mercenary plan such as seizing their land etc.

If this is not absurd enough, its very hard to prove that you are alive once dead! Showing up to court and acting alive won't help. For example, there was a guy called Lal Bihari who after being "dead," tried all methods of proving his "aliveness" such as running for parliament, getting arrested, threatening to murder people, doing sussu in public etc. and only after 18 years did "dead" status get revoked!

After winning his case, he decided to emancipate other alive dead people and went on to found the Association of Dead People ("Mritak Sangh" in Hindi). To be a "Mritak" therefore is to be one of these people.

Usage

Rohan: I see dead people
Lal Bihari: That is correct!
Added 2013-06-07 by Dishoom Dishoom

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Hindi

Region

All India

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On! Straight on!
On, Cottonians, On!
Muster on the side of right,
March like warriors to the fight,
Mark the foe, and strike with might,
Nec dextrosum Nec Sinistrorsum.
On! Straight on!
On, Cottonians, On!
Keen alike in work and play,
Keen right through the hottest day.
Keen until your hair turns grey.
Nec dextrosum Nec Sinistrorsum.

On! Straight on!
On, Cottonians, On!
Driving through the foaming main,
Buffetted by storm and rain,
Answering to the helm again,
Nec dextrosum Nec Sinistrorsum.

On! Straight on!
On, Cottonians, On!
When you leave the good old school
Be no coward, knave, nor fool;
Yours be still the grand olf rule,
Nec dextrosum Nec Sinistrorsum.

On! Straight on!
On, Cottonians, On!
See this motto on your scroll
Point you to a heavenly goal,
Seek it body, mind and soul,
Nec dextrosum Nec Sinistrorsum.

Words by : Rev. Herbert Pakenham-Walsh
Warden, 1907 - 1913
Music by : N. M. Saunders, ESQ

Usage

Stand in height order. Wear a green ill fitting blazer and sing this song loudly!
Added 2013-05-31 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

Bangalore

Categories

School and College

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For Mumbaikars, taking the morning train into work can be one of the most maddening and BP inducing experiences known to man.
While the majority of the commuting population is trying to barely survive by asking for a sliver of bumspace ("thoda khisak na!") or trying to avoid the Mahim-Matunga fellow who has just put his feet in your face, there a few who take a different approach to their commute; One such group is the Bhajan Mandali crew.

The Bhajan Mandali are a group of people who basically break into devotional songs on their train ride to work. The stock of songs usually depends on the day. For instance, on a Monday they sing Shiva bhajans. On Tuesdays it is Ganpati. Wednesdays are for Panduranga Vitthala (a form of Krishna) and so on.

Like all things in India, one mans Timepass is another mans poison. Recently, the police have cracked down on the signing on nuisance value grounds.

Usage

"The railway police have imposed a ban on the singing of hymns in Mumbai's local trains and notices were issued to bhajan mandalis asking them to discontinue their practice"

"After punishing commuters for spitting and playing cards on trains, the Central Railway (CR) on Thursday cracked down on those singing bhajans."

"'Some people play cards. Some sleep. Some play mischief standing at the exit. We do something better. We sing (devotional) songs,' Pujari said."

Added 2013-05-29 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Hindi

Region

Bombay

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local, sipsay, train surfing

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For many Indians, after spending several grueling years in Tuitions and IIT-JEE classes, success = getting on an Air India plane and going to Amreeka or the Gelf only to earn money and send it back to their loving ammas who will proudly say "from where to where" my little beta has gone. This proclamation of maternal pride is typically made over some hot celebratory gajar ka halwa!

Historically, usurious companies like Western Union, MoneyGram and/or banks would help with the movement of this money; oftentimes charging exorbitant prices. The money would also arrive on IST.

Xoom is a disruptive cross-border money transfer or remittances company that makes it fast and cheap for Indians abroad to send money to India. They are have gained so much traction that they now have Big B dressed up in a blue velvet jacket, supporting the brand.

Usage

"I recommend Xoom" - Amitabh Bachchan
Added 2013-05-26 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

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Big B, hawala, hundi, Black Money, gelf

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Noun. May 24, 2013, Word of the Day
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BrahMos (Hindi: ब्रह्मोस, Russian: Брамос) is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land it simms.

The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. Indian-Russian JV to show the Chinese that we got dum in the bum.

Usage

"India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the 290km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy's latest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa."
Added 2013-05-23 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Hindi

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Bangalore Torpedo

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Noun. May 29, 2013, Word of the Day
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Not the Marvel Comics superhero but the Indian superhero who stands on the roadside and painstakingly irons your clothes with a big fat charcoal iron for an absurdly low price. Another Indian institution that might eventually die with modernization.

Usage

Bob: Where can I get my clothes ironed for the wedding?
Raju: Don't worry, we will give it to the iron man
Bob: The iron man!
Added 2013-05-18 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO, People

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Bottle paper man, dhobi

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They are very useful in today's busy life n indeed an institution. But, sad that as u have said it might die with the modernization... :(

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Mysore Mallige literally means Jasmine of Mysore. Now used to refer to the Mysore Mallige Scandal in 2003 that involved the leaking of a home sex video made by a couple. The video was leaked on the internet and posted online with the screen name "Mysore Mallige." Calling someone 'Mallige' can now connote 'slut'


Usage

"Mangalore leads the pack in the sleaze game. It's believed that the clip that got the Karnataka ministers into trouble was called Fasila, and was a hit in Mangalore and neighbouring Kasargod two years ago. Six years ago, a seven-minute MMS sex clip was converted into a half-hour CD named Mangalooru Mungaru Male and sold widely. In 2000, before mobiles became the rage they are now, sex CDs flew off the shelves. The famous 40-minute clip, Mysore Mallige (known as MM CD) that featured a girl from Puttur, was sold for as much as Rs 1,000."
Added 2013-05-18 by Dishoom Dishoom

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English

Region

Mysore

Related Terms

mallipoo, Daal Ghosht, Bluefilm, MMS

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On the streets of Mumbai, there is a thriving mobile pornography industry. Everyone from naughty indian uncles to savita bhabhi types to students procure blue films and MMS videos on there phone through a network of phone repair shops, SIM card vendors and mobile top-up stores.

Of course, shy is coming for a lot of solicitors of porno and so there is an emerging street lingo of euphemisms for smut. "Daal Gosht" is one such euphemism.

Usage

Indian Aunty: Zara woh waale movies daal dena
Indian Uncle: Can I have some Dall Gosht please?
Mobile Porn Vendor: MMS?
Added 2013-05-18 by Dishoom Dishoom