Friday, May 29, 2009

Learn Tapori Language....Bole To Bhai Logo Ki Bhasa.....Kya ?

Tapori or Bambaiyya Hindi, Mumbaiyya, or Bombay Hindi is a slang form of Hindi spoken primarily in Mumbai. Tapori literally translates into vagabond or rowdy in Hindi. Street thugs in Mumbai were perhaps the most notable taporis. Their unique style of speaking Hindi is called tapori language. They also had a unique style of dressing, which they called as tapori style. On the streets of Mumbai, people from every part of India co-exist. Their inter-mingling has created a language that has Hindi as a base, but includes words and pronunciations from other languages such as English, Marathi and Gujarati, as well as languages from South India. Tapori culture though resented by many is widely imitated by many as humorous or comical.

It has found acceptance in Bollywood films. As you might have heard many dialogues and songs in Bollywood includes tapori language.

Few examples of songs:
"apun bola tu meri laila....
...wo boli phenkta aay sala....."

"aye... kya bolti tu.. aye... kya main boloun
sun.. suna..aalti kya khandala"

Tapori language is basically a language for Don or Bhai log. The Mumbai underworld use slang Tapori with special coding for certain words.
Apun saale log to bas copy karta hai taaki kisi ko topi pehna sake.... sahi bola na biru....


Cut to cut baat karne ka- to speak concisely or briefly

Chava or Chavi - Boyfriend/girlfriend.

Double battery - A person wearing prescription glasses.

Haila or Aaila - “Oh God”.

Chappan tikkli - One with lots of pimples on his/her face.

Time khoti mat kar- Do not waste time

Kalti- Get lost or goes away.

Kaiko - Why?

Cutting - Half a glass of tea.

Boss - Form of address to a friend, unrelated person or stranger.

Kharcha-paani - to beating up somebody.

Fultoo - Too good or very cool,

Talli - Drunk.

Dedh-foot or Dedh-futya - Refer to a short person.

Mamu - Depending on context may mean a police constable or a eunuch.

Waat or Vaat - to be in trouble.

Paan-patti or Tapri - A small shop selling tobacco, cigarettes, toffees and optionally, tea.

Shendi- make a fool of others.

Galat Faimili- misunderstanding

Khopche- a secret place

Jhakaas Item-a beautiful lady

Jyaada RAAG mat de..- Don't just bluff..OK!

LOAD nahi leneka kya-Don't take much tension.

Hata Saawan Ki Ghata-I don't care about it much..

Raapchik Maal- a sensuous/unexplainably charming lady.

Chava / Chavi - Actual meaning of a chava is a lion's cub.However, in Bhindi it would mean a Boyfriend/GirlFriend (normally the one that's steady). Chava, is also used to describe to a good looking chap or the normal stud in the locality. No, Chavi would still mean the steady one.

Chikna - Stands for any good looking fellow. Chikna actually means smooth. Chikni is the female version of the same word.

Dhapnya / Battery / double battery - Refers to a person wearing prescription glasses. Dhapnya is a marathi word. The Ghati way of saying this would be "bya-tree".

Chaayla ! - The original meaning is quiet demeaning. The contemporary meaning is so flexible that "Chaayla" can be used anywhere in a casual conversation. Pragmatically speaking this word doesnt have any meaning.

Haila ! - This originated from "Hai Allah !" but I don't think 99% of the users know about this. Haila would translate to "Oh God!"

Keeda / SulemaniKeeda - An absolute pest.

Jhakaas - Superb. Excellent.

Mandvali / Mandavli - Compromise.

Gangaram - For a barber. Gangaram is a guy's name. I guess some Gangaram must have played an immortal role in some play or movie for his name to stick on.

Chagan / Dhating / Hajaam - Hajaam in its true sense would mean a barber. It refers to anyone with a moronic intellect. I think the meaning of the word "Chagan" better be left unsaid.

Atrangi - One meaning of this word is similar to Hajaam. Atrangi also mean something extraordinary.

ChappanTikkli / Punter / Tapori / Shana - Roadside loafer. Tapori is among the most commonly used words in Bhindi.

Charsi / Fookda / Soootya - A smoker. Charas is exactly marijuana. Charasi would mean any guy who smokes though.

Raanti / Saand - A boisterous or an exceeding brash guy.

Bevada / Gutter / Taankee / Batli / JohnnyWalker - A Drunk. JohnnyWalker comes from either the actor by the name or the whiskey brand.

Rappak ( stress on "pp" ) - means Slap. ( eg. Kaan kay neechay rappak lagaoonga. )

Tapri - A road side shop.

Chotay - For any kid working in a Tapri. If the shop has more than one kid ... all would have to be Chotays.

Ramu - see "chotay"

Mava / (120 - 300) EkSauBees-TeenSau - This is a type of paan that you get here. 120 and 300 are the flavors of tabacco. Mava is everything that paan has without the betel-leaf. Terms also refer to the person who consumes it.

Manikchand - Manikchand is a famous brand of chewing tabacco. This term also stands for a person who consumes it.

Dhoop Chaav - Means Sun and Shade. Refers to the shops owned by the road side barbers who just have a rag for the Chaav and is obviously hole-ridden to let the Dhoop come in.

Chinese Gaadi - No ! this is not a Chinese make of an automobile!! Its the "Tapri" selling chinese food on the side of the road. You find one after every 10 meters. The best part is that all these Chinese Gaadis are red in color, have names like "Red Sun", "Red Dragon", "Fong's", or anything that sounds vaguely Chinese. The cook is normally a Nepali gurkha working as a night watchman in some nearby apartment complex. The only criteria to get a chef's job at a Chinese Gaadi is to have slanted eyes.

Mahim - Matunga / Vasai - Virar - This is a term used for squints. M-M and V-V are neighbouring localities in Bombay. The origin of this term is unknown.

Ghungroo Salmaan - This term is very new but catching on fast. Ghungroo refers to a curly haired guy. Salmaan (Khan) comes in the picture since the "Ghunroo Salmaan" fellow is obviously mistaking himself to be a Hindi film hero. It's used as a put-down.

Cutting - A little_more_than_half cup of Tea is a cutting. The Cutting concept would have been started by people who used to split a cup of tea between 2 people... and finally the tea vendor started selling half cup of tea and called it "cutting". A little_more_than_half is given to increase the patrons.

AndhaDhuni / Aadva-Patta - These are a cricketing terms. AadvaPatta comes from Pune, means "Cross batted shot". AndhaDhuni means "Blind shot". But nowadays these refer to any guy who doesn't bat well.

Mama / Maushi - Mama and Maushi translate to the maternal uncle and aunt. These words are thoroughly misused to get some work done. Normally used while speaking Marathi. Every other Marathi speaking street vendor would be a Mama or a Maushi.

Dada / Tai - Translate to elder brother or sister. Usage - see Mama / Maushi.

Uncle / Aunty - Usage similar to Mama/Maushi... just that this is used for the more sophisticated public. Normally with the Marathi ignorant.

Ghaati - Ghaatis are the residents of the hilly/rural regions of Maharashtra. In Bhindi, a Ghati would mean any person whose mother tongue is Marathi. It's quiet demeaning..... and thus heard more frequently.

Gujju / Ganda-Gujratis. The money men of Mumbai. These guys are easily spotted on the road - either in colorful shirts, embroidered trousers, against the mirror of a parked vehicle combing their hair, or something equally funny. These guys are the second largest community in Bombay after the Marathi-speaking people. Ganda acutally means mad. No need to explain why.

Madrasi - Madras is a place in the southern part of India. Madrasi refers to any guy from a place to the south of Maharashtra. Doesn't matter where he is from. If he is from Bangalore he is a Madrasi. If he is from Goa he is still a Madrasi. Doesn't matter. And the best part of being a Madrasi is that you are supposed to eat idli sambar for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. And rasam-chaval is supposed to be the favourite dish.

Gulti - This is a fairly new term. Used for people from Andhra Pradesh. I don't have a clue about its origin or actual meaning.According to a site visitor "well ... it is telugu ... say it Ulta .. anagram ... and u get gulti"

Bhaiya / Pandit - Any guy from UP / Bihar / MP / Delhi / Northern states is called a Bhaiya. Pandit is also used interchangeably but is mostly used for the guys at the Lassi/Doodh shops or for Panwallas.

Paapay / Papajee - A Sikh. Dont know what a paapay means. I am sure its not insulting or anything.

Bawa / Pestonjee - The Parsees. The most harmless. Jovial and great company. Definitely the most teased people on the Hindi silver screen. Every movie has to have at least one funny character called "Rustom" or "Pestonjee" who has to have a fat and an overtly boisterious wife. Incidently Parsees also are the most affluent and among the richest in the Indian community. Bombay is also called "ParseeSthan" since this is the place where you find most of them.

Sai ( Saa-eeen - the second part is increasingly nasal ) - The Sindhis. The Partition-time migrants from Pakistan. If a Hindi movie doesn't have a Parsee... a Sindhi has to come at some point to lighten the spirits. These guys are known for all the Papads they consume.

Mia-bhai - The members of the Islamic faith.

Bong / Bonglababu / Babumoshai ( pronunciation should have maximum sounds of "O" as possible ) - for any Bangla.

Bambaiyya - Anything that relates to anything that even vaugely relates to Bombay. Bambaiyaa is something that every resident of Bombay would love to be called !

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