achhoot jati
Outlaw community
alayti-palayti
Spiced chicken livers and gizzards, a Parsi delicay.
almsgiver
Person who gives money to the poor.
Amrutanjan Balm
A brand of balm that eases joint and muscle pain.
ayah
A maidservant who looks after children.
beedi
Thin Indian cigarette
bhel-puri
A puffed rice dish with potatoes and a tamarind sauce.
bhistee
A household water carrier.
bhunghi
An untouchable who cleans toilets
bilkool
Complete
bustee
A small collection of makeshift housing.
chaiwalla
Tea seller
chapati
Indian flat bread
chappals
light leather sandals.
chowki
Shed or storage hut.
chumpee
Head massage
chupraasi
Office worker who carries out menial tasks.
cudgel
A club used as a weapon.
Dadaji
Spiritual master
dal
Lentils
dipsomaniac
Alcoholic
Doordarshan
Clairvoyance
dramaturgy
The art of writing, acting or producing plays.
gaadi
Car
gabadine
A sturdy, tightly woven fabric, usually made from cotton, wool or rayon twill.
ghee
Clarified butter
goonda
Thug
Hai bhagwan
Yes God!
hanji
Yes
Haramzadi
A despicable, obnoxious male
kara
Bracelet worn by followers of the Sikh faith.
kholis
Rooms in an Indian apartment building
Khurda hafiz
May God be your Guardian (parting phrase)
kismat
Fate or destiny
kusti
Sacred girdle worn by Zooastrians.
loata
Spoil or make dirty
mathadi
Worker with no employment rights.
mettlesome
Brave
Mohalla
Muslim area, often used derogatively.
mumtaz
The best
Nussbandhi
Vasectomy
paanwalla
Man who sells paan
Pandit
A religious scholar
peon
Laborer with little control over their employment conditions.
poplin
A plain weaved fabric usually made from cotton or silk.
pukka
Genuine
Punchayet
A village council
saali
Weaver
sahib
Respectful form of address, from the Hindi word master.
Salaam alaikum
Peace be to you (greeting)
shak-bhaji
Dry vegetable curry
strop
Piece of leather used for sharpening knives.
sudra
Member of lowest Hindu caste
tamaater
Tomato
tamasha
Show or spectacle
Thakur
A non-ruling nobleman, normally with an estate.
tusser
Silk produced by the larvae of the tusser moth, valued for it's purity and texture.
Vanaspati
A brand of ghee (purified butter)
vermifuge
A medicine that kills or expels intestinal worms.
wada
Deep fried balls of dal (lentils)
Zamindars
Rich land owners who collect taxes from those living on their land