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Combo

\kombo\
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Adjective.
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two items of consumption e.g. food or certain other articles of household consumption offered at concessional rate by the vendor. For instance, say when a restaurent selling Pizza or burger offering coke or Pepsi alongwith main dish at a much reduced price, it's called "combo". Obviously the word combo seems to have originated from the word "combined". Combo offers are also quite common in consumer durables. For example, a company selling TV sets offfering combo of it's DVD or say home theatre system.

Usage

Customer (sitting in a restaurant) to the bearer :- "Please bring me combo burger-pepsi."

Advertisement: " Order our combo fridge plus washing machine and you get the washing machine at 50% of the MRP." So hurry up till the stocks last".

Added 2011-09-12 by pareekji

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink
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A Hindu ritual whereby the head is completely shaved with the help of a barber and the hairs are supposed to be offered to the deity.
On the death of father a Hindu 'gives' his hairs as a symbol of having lost the father, which is also a mundan.
The first mundan ceremony of a child is held before the family deity and a "Bhoj"(community lunch) is organized

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Usage

when are holding the MUNDAN ceremony of your child
Added 2011-09-06 by pareekji

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

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thread ceremony
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chavanni means four annas coin of the days when a rupee consisted of sixteen annas; hence chawanni is still used to represent one fourth value of a rupee.

Usage

chawanni added to a rupee makes it "savaa rapaiya" which considered auspicious by hindu religious lore. People offer "savaa rupaiya" boondi prasad to the deity like Hanumanji on tuesdays.
chawanni is also used for worthless or penniless being referred as chawanni chhaap"
chawanni is often used in the context of one who have no money e.g. "is kee jeb men to ek chawanni bhi nahin (He does'nt hav even a chawanni in his pocket.
In Rajasthaan they also call it "pavlee" and use the term in a more positive sense; e.g., arre bhai iski to yahan pawli chalti hai - means "
this man carries lot of weight (imfluence) here."
Thus chavanni is part of our folklore and in a way culture too. It is ridiculous that 25 paise coin or the chawanni of common man has been taken out of the coin currency portfolio of Indian coins by our Government. As currency, this has been removed from service. Sadly, one wonders how the aam admi (common man) is going to offer savaa rupaiya to Ganeshji or other deities in the absence of this darling of masses called a "chawanni" or a "pavlee".
Added 2011-08-11 by pareekji

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

Money & Business

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pachees paise, paavli
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a hopeless and irritating type of a person.

Usage

"Ek number khadoosh aadmi hai kuchh nahi samajhta aur kuchh nahin sunta" means " He is number one khadoosh fellow who doesn't understand or want to hear anything"
Added 2011-08-11 by pareekji

Root

Hindi

Categories

People

Related Terms

maha nalayak, khundaki, nikamma

tiffin

\teefin\
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a metal or plastic box containing south indian snack or food carried by office workers and executives to their workplace to be consumed in the company of co-workers during lunch hours.

Usage

Have you not brought your tiffin today ?
Added 2011-08-10 by pareekji

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

dabba, lunch box

Terms referencing this

tumbler, roti, eversilver, Uppit, continental, dabba, SKC
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phuchka

\fuchka\
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a hollow round and hard crust small puri made of atta or maida or suzi filled with tamarind and spice laced water as a delicacy sold in India as a street snack which is relished by young as well as old.

Usage

"chalo chaat wale ke pas phuchka khayen" or "Letus eat phuchkas sold by the chaat vendor."
Added 2011-08-10 by pareekji

Root

Hindi

Region

Bengal

Categories

Food and Drink

Terms referencing this

gol-gappa
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A fool who fails to understand.

Usage

you dont understand what I am saying. Are you a 'boka' manush (man) ?
Added 2011-08-09 by pareekji
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A Bengali (Bong!) who hails from East Bengal (now Bangladesh)

Usage

Used as an adjective of contempt
Added 2011-08-09 by pareekji

Root

Bengali

Region

West Bengal

Related Terms

Bong