The Curious Case of Bihari Language and People: Part 2

I left you last with that minatory exchange between two gentlemen who were chatting about a bawling kid.

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Ee chhokadawa kaanhe kaan raha hai jee?” (ई छोकरवा काहें कान रहा है जी?)

Kauno kapaar phaar dihis hai  iska.” (कोउनो कपार फार दिहिस है इसका )

Chichiyana bann karwaiye uska, nahi to ankhiye kaadh lengey ham.” (चिचियाना बन्न करवाइए इसका, नहीं तो अन्खिए काढ लेंगे इसका.  )

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Kaahe narbhasaye hain? Budbak kahin ke! Arey marde aisa kuchho nahin hai! (काहे नर्भासाए हुए हैं? बुड़बक कहीं के! अरे मरदे ऐसा कुछो नहीं है!)

Why are you so nervous? Are you an idiot? Hey, guy, nothing of the sort!

The exchange is just a representation of the colourful lingo that is Bihari. Here everything is larger than life. The kid tripped and scratched his forehead, this has been translated to a violent head injury. The other guy’s threat about blinding the kid should be read more as an expression of endearment. He does not really want to drive a stake into the kid’s eyes, it is just his way of expressing his irritation at the commotion. He does wish the kid well.

Ego ladkey key baat hai na? Oo butroo ka? Dhatt teri! Boka ho, bokkad ho. Ya bhakua ho? (एगो लड़के के बात है ना? ऊ बुतरू का? धत्त तेरी! बोका हो? बोक्कड़ हो? या भकुआ हो?)

It is just a matter of a kid. That brat. Come on!! Are you an idiot?”

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So now you know Bihari is a colourful language. Let me give you an example.

Ek tho baat bolein?” (एक ठो बात बोलें?)

“Shall I tell you something?”

“Jee!” (जी)

“Sure!”

“Ee jara batti buta dijiye na” (ई जरा बत्ती बुता दीजिये ना)

Please shut off this light

“Buta diya, aur kuchh?” (बुता दिए, अउर कुछ?)

Done, what else?

“Aur jara jangla bhidka dijiye.” (अउर जरा जंगला भिड़का दीजिये)

Close the window.

“Sataa dein palla?” (सटा दें पल्ला?)

Shall I close the windows?

“Haan.” (हाँ)

Yes

“Kaanhein?” (कांहें?)

Why?

“Na to machhar dhook  jayyega.” (ना तो मच्छर ढूक जायेगा)

Or else, mosquitoes will invade

“To kaa?” (तो का?)

So what?

“Kal raat ko bhabhor liya tha, machcharwa” (कल रात को भभोर लिया था मच्छरवा)

They bit me last night.

I bet there is no equivalent of bhabhorana (भभोरना ) is any other language in the world! It immediately generates the image of an army of mosquitoes buzzing in a cloud formation, landing indiscriminately on various exposed parts of the body and proceeding to pierce the skin and sucking off litres of blood and leaving behind a welter of bites in the wake. For those who have been assaulted thus and thought mosquito “bite” was too tame an expression for this outrage, you now have the perfect word: bhabhorana (भभोरना ). Go ahead and use it freely! This can be even used in a metaphorically similar assault by a fellow human being.

Sample this: “Aaj office tani der sey chahunpey aur bosswa hamko aisa bhabhor liye.” (आज office तनि देर से चहुँपे, अउर boss-वा हमको ऐसा भभोर लिए)

The boss bit into me just because I was a few minutes late to work.

A cousin of bhabhorana (भभोरना ) is khakhorana (खखोरना ). This refers to someone’s irritating and obnoxious behavior.

“Aaj oo sasura khakhor liye humko, enney-onney ka baat kartey rahey, befajul ka. Falanwa ka, chilwana ka. Beloora sala. Kam key baat ko mahatiya diye” (आज ऊ ससुरा खखोर लिए हमको, एन्ने-ओन्ने का बात करते रहे, बेफजूल का. फलनवा का, चिलनवा का. बेलूरा साला. काम के बात तो महटिया दिए.)

That stupid guy was so irritating. He kept chatting about this and the other. Nonsense chat. Idiot! He ignored the important stuff.

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Which brings us to one more important word in the Bihari lexicon: “mahatiyana” (महटियाना ). Comes in handy in various occasions:

Kaahen apni maugi ki baat pe etna ranj hain, mahatiya dijiye.”

(काहें अपनी मउगी के बात पे एतना रंज हैं. महटिया दीजिये.)

Please do not be so angry on your wife, forget it!

“Jab kam ka baat hua to hum to huan thebe kiye. Oo hamko gheenchana chahta tha lekin ham soche kahen dhukein isme, mahatiya diye ham.

(जब काम का बात हुआ तो हम उहाँ थेब्बे किये. ऊ हमको घींचना चाहता था, लेकिन हम सोचें कि काहें ढूकें उसमें. महटिया दिए हम.)

When it came to business, I was there. He tried to pull me into the stuff, but I wondered why should I get involved, I just ignored it.

“Hamaar mahtari aur mehraroo ke beech aaj dherey khat-pat ho gaya. Saara sham kichain ho gaya. Ham toh mahatiya diye, kaun dhukta dunno ke beech. Picha nahin jaate ham?

(हम्मर महतारी अउर मेहरारू के बीच में ढेरे खट-पट हो गया, सारा शाम किचाइन हो गया. हम तो महटिया दिए, कौन ढुकता दुन्नो के बीच. पिचा नहीं जाते हम?)

My mother and my wife had a major altercation, the whole evening was spoilt. I ignored it, or else I would have got crushed in between.

Mahatiyana (महटियाना) is the key behaviour to demonstrate when faced with the myriad problems of life.

As is true of the picturesque Bihari language.

Boojhey? (बूझे? )

Understood?

9 Responses to The Curious Case of Bihari Language and People: Part 2

  1. yayaver says:

    बोक्कड़ , ढूक , भभोरना and महटियाना … I am hearing this after long time. And it was entertaining to read this stuff about Bihari Language.

  2. Sandeep says:

    Good One Santosh Ji , Really enjoyed every bit of it.🙂

  3. squarecutatul says:

    Hahaha, great stuff. This writeup exemplifies Bihari lingo at its most colourful.😀

  4. bahutey badhiya laga, jarure padhenge ee series

  5. Ankit Ojha says:

    Allow me to share a few sentences that i can come up with impromptu

    khanwa ta kha liye…ab kharkattalo saaf kariyega ka…??

    chappalwa tani chhot liya gaya hai…pahan rahe hain kasahu adas ke…ka karenge…!!!🙂

  6. Annapoorna says:

    The curious case of those who lived in that belt allright . We had a lady who spoke Bhojpuri only and another neighbour who spoke Maithili . Both spoke to each other in their respective languages and understood each other completely . Listening to all this we ended up picking up both languages .

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