August 29, 2006

Hing lage na phitkari, rang bhi chowka aeh

No need for asafoetida or potash alum to get color

Meaning: To have a gain without much effort

August 20, 2006

Lohe ke chane chabana

To chew iron pellets

Meaning: To be confronted by an incredibly difficult task

Sabr ka phal mitha hota hai

The fruit of patience is sweet

Meaning: Patience is virtue

Mouh me chandi ki chamch le kar paida hona

To be be born with a silver spoon in the mouth

Meaning: To be born rich

Beeta hua pal vapas nahi aata

Gone time does not come back

Meaning: Don't dwell in past. Time doesn't come back so no point wasting time.

Dushman ke dant khatte karna

To make the teeth of enemy sour

Meaning: To defeat the enemy

Dhobte ko tinke ka sahara

Those who are drowning get help of a twig

Meaning: Even the smallest of the thing can help those in dire need

Dhoop me bal safed karna

To whiten hair in the sun

Meaning: To get experience as age progresses

August 13, 2006

Ghar ki murgi dal brabar

Pet chicken is like lentil

Meaning: Not to realize the worth of loved ones

Hawa se batein karna

To talk to the wind

Meaning: As fast as the wind

Ghee ke diye jalana

To light oil lamp full of ghee (clarified butter)

Meaning: To rejoice

Chalti ka naam gadi

That which runs is called a car

Meaning: When the things are running smoothly, let it be

Dal me kuch kala hai

There is sometging black in the lentil

Meaning: Something is fishy

Jaisi karni, vasi bharni

To get results according to actions

Meaning: You reap as you sow

Apne mouh miya mithu

To have a mouth like a parrot

Meaning: To praise one ownself

Andha kya chahe, do aankh

What does the blind desires , but ofcourse eyesight

Meaning: To desire just the perfect thing

Chor chor mausare bhai

Thieves are cousins

Meaning: Evil attracts evil

Ulta chor kotwal ko datein

The thief scolds the police officer

Meaning: Offence is the best defence

Lakeer ka fakir

Master of a line

Meaning: To go about the same old beaten path

Aant bhala tho sab bhala

If the end is good then all is good

Meaning: All's well that ends well

Sau sunar ki, ek lohar ki

Hundred blows of goldsmith is comparable to one blow of iron-smith

Meaning: One powerful blow is comparable to a hundred smaller blows

Ooth ke mouh me jeera

Cumin in camel's mouth

Meaning: A very small gain as compared to the the larger gain expected

Bandar kya jane adrak ka swad

Monkey doesn't know the taste of ginger

Meaning: Those who don't know, can't appreciate

Pani pani hona

To become water water

Meaning: To be embarassed

Ab pachtay hot kya jab chidiya chug gayi khet

What is the use of repenting now when the bird has eaten the harvest

Meaning: No use repenting when it is too late to undo the damage

Aap bhale to jag bhala

Good person sees the whole world as good

Meaning: Good person sees the whole world as good

Ek teer do nishane

One arrow, two targets

Meaning: To achieve two things with one means

Kaan ka kaccha hona

To be weak of ears

Meaning: To believe everything one hears


Thota chana baje ghana

Hollow lentil makes more noise

Meaning: Those who are not capable of delivering talk more


Ek haath se taali nahi bajati

You can not clap with one hand

Meaning: It takes two to tango

Nau do gayara

Nine plus two makes eleven

Meaning: To run away or do a disappearing act.

Ek aur ek gayaraha

One plus one makes eleven

Meaning: Strength in unity

August 12, 2006

Bahti ganga me hath dona

To wash ones hand in the river

Meaning: To be an opportunist

Ulti ganga bahana

Meaning: To go against the law of nature

Nach na jane agan tedha

One doesn’t know how to dance and blames it on the stage being uneven

Meaning: To blame the means available rather than capability

900 chuhe khake billi haj ko chali

Cat went to pray after eating 900 rats

Meaning: Pretending to be innicent after many sins

Hathi ke dant dekhane ke aur khane ke aur

Elephant has two set of teeth-one to show off and the other to chew with

Meaning: What you see is not necessarily true

Jo garjte hai vo baraste nahi

Those who thunder don’t pour

Meaning: Those who talk don’t perform

Angoor khate hai

Grapes are sour

Meaning: Grapes are sour