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#1 Aug 25th, 2008, 18:51
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I would like to make a collection of Indian proverbs and idiomatic expressions, from around the country.

To start off with, this one is from Sanskrit:

"Of woman's character and man's fate even God is ignorant; what knowledge then can mortals have of these things?"

And now for a few from Bengali:

"gachey kathal gophey tel" which, literally translated (Lit.) means "The jackfruit is in the tree, but there's grease in the moustache" and perhaps an English equivalent (EE) would be "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched".

"ghorar dim"
Lit. = a horse's egg
EE = someone who is deceptive (?)

"macher tel e mach bhaja"
Lit. = frying the fish in its own oil
EE = doing 2 things at once (?)

"bhaja mach ti ultey khete jane na"
Lit. = can't even fry fish by flipping it over
EE = Butter wouldn't melt in her/his mouth
(i.e. someone who pretends to be innocent)
#2 Aug 25th, 2008, 19:44
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Of woman's character and man's fate even God is ignorant; what knowledge then can mortals have of these things?
Is that ancient sexist crap, or is it just how I'm reading it?
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#3 Aug 25th, 2008, 19:45
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Well, yes, it must be, that was just to get people's attention. But seriously, no proverbs to contribute?
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yyam: soon you'll be teaching me bengali

ghora'r deem:
EE: bullsh*t!

macher tel e mach bhaja:
EE: stew in your own soup.

and now will await for nayan + jyotida to correct me as always

cant think of any interesting ones to add right now... but hopefully soon...
wish everybody all over the country would contribute - or else it just may turn into another version of one man's ray is another man's ghatak thread

very colourful ones from up north i'm sure!


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OK, here's another one :

"Ku daak deko na"

Problem is I don't have the translation... but if I have understood correctly it is used to ward off the evil eye...
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Some people spend their lives warding off the evil eye.

It is the reason that a monster face is kept outside a house. It is the reason why a baby is given a black smudge on her face, lest anyone should think her perfect, thus casting the evil eye.

Sheesh, it's everywhere that evil eye!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post It is the reason why a baby is given a black smudge on her face, lest anyone should think her perfect, thus casting the evil eye.
Hey, that's really interesting!

I have a photo of a baby with that black smudge, I did briefly wonder about it at the time, but it was a day when there was so much to see and think about and I didn't get round to asking anyone about it.
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Some people "decorate" their babies in such a horrible way that I get afraid of getting an evil eye from them
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That's the smudge on the cheek. not the one on the forehead.
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I know. Some put a really huge one and paint the eyes so black that the kids look like little monsters.
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dal men kuchh kala hai(lit: There is something black in the lentil soup) ..... or I smell a rat.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~
T. S. Eliot

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My late Father in law told me that the best Hindi proverb was :

The scientist, the doctor, the teacher; none of them are as smart as the man who can get along with his Mother in law..
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Here's one...

"Id ka Chand" , literal translation is 'Moon of Id'

Used to refer to someone one has not seen in a while i.e :-

"Aap to Id ka chand ban gay ho" - You have become like the Moon on Id"
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post yyam: soon you'll be teaching me bengali

ghora'r deem:
EE: bullsh*t!

macher tel e mach bhaja:
EE: stew in your own soup.

and now will await for nayan + jyotida to correct me as always

cant think of any interesting ones to add right now... but hopefully soon...
wish everybody all over the country would contribute - or else it just may turn into another version of one man's ray is another man's ghatak thread

very colourful ones from up north i'm sure!


:brishti
not correcting.... but found a very apt idiom from post 96 in the pose as married thread
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ried-t49088/7/


Saat kando ramayan sune Sita kar pita

Literal - After listening to the entire ramayan someone asks so... whose father was sita (sita is a woman and the heroine of the epic)

actual - asking a basic question(which was answered right in the beginning)after going through a huge essay/lecture.
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These are great! Please keep the proverbs, sayings, slang, superstitions, folklore, coming.
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