Hyderabad Blues


I had never dreamt about traveling in an auto,sitting with the driver even after paying the full fair,back in Delhi.
Things are different here in Hyderabad.But this way,you also get to read a lotta couplets in funny Hyderabadi Hindi scribbled here and there on vacant portions of the dashboard.This is from the morning ride:
“Kaas ki tum chand hota,
Aur hum sitaara hota,
Asmaan mein humaara apna ek aashiyana hota”

The “hota” reminded me of a conversation I had with an electrical appliances shop, last week.
Me:”Bhaiyya, power plug ka adapter hai apke paas?”
Him:”[Nods his head with a sage-like ‘no’]Nai hota, saab”
Me:”Yaar hota hai!! power plug mein chotta pin lagane ke liye hota hai!!”
Him:”[Very confidently ]Nai hota saab”
Me:[Exasperated,irritated,perspiring in the afternoon heat]
Another customer(a Punjabi),intervened “He means that he doesnt have it”,motioning towards the salesman.
Me:”Thank you very much!”

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4 responses

  1. Reminds me of the time when I was new to the Pune culture. I asked a shopkeeper if he has any bread left. He said, “Khallas ho gaya madam”. I thought he was half joking and had probably taken inspiration from that Isha Koppikar song. πŸ˜› Later realized that this is how people in Bombay/Pune talk.

    April 19, 2008 at 1:20 AM

  2. fibinse

    Hmm.Its just that the slang get better of you sometimes!
    On a different note mumbai folks are friendly arent they??

    April 19, 2008 at 7:03 AM

  3. Lolz! Having being born and brought up in hyderabad, I didn’t even realise ‘Hota’ could be misinterpreted that way. πŸ™‚ …rather how wrongly we were screwing the language..love the hyderabadi slang though!

    April 29, 2008 at 6:21 PM

  4. fibinse

    its called screwbad Hindi,not Hyderabadi Hindi anymore πŸ™‚

    April 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

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