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5 dialogues I have heard time and again #MondayMusings

Ja Simran ja, jee le apni zindagi.

Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin … namumkin hai.

Kitne aadmi the? Holi kab hai, kab hai re holi?

Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge.

All is well…All is well.

Do you see the common thread here? These are some of the famous Hindi movie dialogues and if you are or if you have been a movie buff just like me, you must also have mouthed them at some point or the other. Wasn’t it fun, tell me?

However, I am not talking about the iconic Hindi movie dialogues here but those which are from everyday life, which normal people like you and I come up with and speak to each other or those which become a part of our upbringing. Over a period of time, such dialogues either become fodder for laughter or get instated as a norm.

 

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Here is a list of dialogues which I have heard repeatedly in my life –

  1. Ae Bibi, badi kamzor ho gayi hai!

In Brijbhasa, you call a girl or a woman Bibi to show your affection and the first thing to tell that person upon meeting that wo kamzor ho gayi hai (she has become thinner, thus weaker) is the penultimate display of affection and concern, blended together.  This dialogue has stayed the default welcome gesture for ages.

So next time, if you want to feel good about your weight issues, you can come with me to meet my folks. When you will hear this same welcome dialogue from not one but several people at one place, you are likely to believe you have actually got thinner (or weaker).

2. Ab ki baar to rahoge na!

In my childhood, we used to land up in my father’s native village in holidays. Ladies from the neighbourhood would then drop in to meet us and after a few pleasantries, they would make an exclamation Ab ki baar to rahoge na! (You are going to stay this time!) This felt good initially but soon the Sherlock Holmes in me began wondering if this was a twisted way to find out how many days were we going to stay?

Later, I decided to use it one time when cousins, who were terrible mischief makers and abhorred for this reason, came to visit us and it worked.

3. Zyada khush mat ho nahin to phir rona padega!

The prevalent idea around my growing up years was not to get swayed by or get overexcited by something lest the next thing to hit would be sorrow. There was always this fear of impending doom which forced us to live under the cloud of negativity.

I wish gratitude was a part of the life of people influencing me.

4. Khana to ghar ki aurat ko hi banana chahiye!

A dialogue I got used to hearing after tying the nuptial knot. What if the ghar ki aurat (woman of the house) doesn’t know how to cook? What if she doesn’t like or want to cook? What if she has no time to cook after spending the whole day at work? There is no ‘Then…’ to this in the answer but a ‘Then also…’

Now after a ‘Then also..,’ what if she incidentally or accidentally or deliberately put more salt or garam masala in the food to be served to the family? Wicked. So much for a sanskaari ‘Ghar ki Aurat.’

5. Ye baal dhoop main safed nahin kiye hain!

This is a sarcastic statement to show somebody your level of experience and wisdom and quieten them. You, hence, know the colour of wisdom is white.

As I am inching closer to the number 40 in terms of age, I am eagerly waiting for the chameleon in me to take charge and change the colour of my wisdom from black to white. I am never going to colour or dye my hair thereafter because why wouldn’t I want to carry on the legacy of this dialogue.

Do you have any real-life dialogue flung into your face regularly? Would you like to share the fun side of it with me?


This post was written as a guest post for Balaka Basu’s blog Trina looks back.

Balaka Basu is a fine storyteller who writes short stories, her own travel stories, memoirs, emotions, and sentiments. She has a superb sense of humour which is evident in her take on Valentine’s Day in her latest post. I would recommend you to give it a read and get your head blown away, of course in a good way.

Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues

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12 thoughts on “5 dialogues I have heard time and again #MondayMusings

  1. Zainab on said:

    WhT a fun read! I can’t tell how many times I have used Simran, Karan Arjun wale dialogues!!
    I totally agree on ghar ki aurat and dhoop m baal safed! Really!
    Will we say these types of things to those around ? Good read:)

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  2. I was smiling all the way reading your post. Very well written dear🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for so much appreciation ..subah subah Dil garden garden ho Gaya😂😂😂😂

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  4. heeh I have heard a lot of these dialogues or a variation if these in Bengali. And the one about cooking food, I heard after marrying. Of course, the sanskari nari that I am I did ‘by mistake’ add too much garam masala and chilly powder because the dialogue was so ‘good’! 😀

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  5. hehe Yes, I have heard these dialogs all of them. They are quite fun if you don’t take them seriously. 🙂 Another dialog which I heard and now use on my kids is Ruko tumhe pata chalege jab tumhare bachche honge. 😛

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  6. Obsessivemom on said:

    Ha ha Anamika, what a fun post. Oh yes, how very many times have I heard those, except perhaps no 4, thank goodness. That droop mien baal used to drive us up the wall.

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  7. Obsessivemom on said:

    I meant ‘dhoop mien baal’

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  8. Hahaha, this was a fun read.

    Ghar ki aurat sounds weird and the line is so chauvinistic. I hope you give it back properly.

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  9. Oh this was a bigtime fun read for me Anamika; my fav is the hair colour change, thus wisdom one as its the one I get to hear most often!
    I am with you on waiting for my hair to turn white but I am going to colour it pink then 😉
    Not to burst your bubble or anything but I am not 40+ and no sign of this whiteness yet apart for one or two peeking out from here and there.
    Sigh!!!!! Waiting , wishing and wanting!!!!!

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  10. Oh god!!! this is hilarious. This “Khana to ghar ki aurat ko hi banana chahiye” … I hear this in different forms on such a regular basis. much to my irritation. Sigh!!! If only people could be put on some mute button.

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  11. Esha M Dutta on said:

    This was such a good one, Anamika. Loved it. I have heard these so many times over and yet, never tire of enjoying them. Have grown up hearing that as my dad used to say it all the time…”dhoop mein baal safed” one…my brother used to do the gabbar singh dialogue all the time. But seriously I enjoyed the #1 so much, as we have the same thing in Bengali as well. But #2 was a killer. Hilarious. Am tempted to try it on someone, at least once. 😀 😀

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  12. I haven’t heard all but a few and what a hilarious one.
    Aur sunao is one of my favorite. When there is nothing to talk, aur sunao is the way to say kuch baat nahi hai karne ko. 😛
    I am heading to Balaka’s blog. I need some giggles. 😛
    What a fun post, Anamika. I need more of these from you.

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