1. Inflation = Rise in Price of Vadapav
No wonder whether you are a rich or a pauper, a hardcore Mumbaikar can have Vadapav as a meal and so if anytime there is a rise in price of Vada pav, Mumbaikar is ought to feel the pinch of inflation. Not to forget vada pav, missal pav and bun maska is the staple diet of most of the collegians.
2. Most Important Task = To Catch the Mumbai Local, timing 9.07, 10.16 etc.
Round timings never work for a true Mumbaikar when it comes to catching a Mumbai Local. He/She will go through all odds to catch the 9.07 local. No, missing 9.07 train and catching 9.15 train can never be a solution here. In fact, chances are his whole day will mess up big time if he delays this precious 8 minutes of his morning.
3. Madrasi = People from South India including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, Bhaiyya = People from 3 Northern States Bihar, UP and MP
No matter how much you make the Mumbaikars understand that you are a Mallu, Telugu or a Kannada they will tag you as a Madrasi. For them all are same. In addition, they willcall you a Bhaiyya the moment they know you belong to any of the three states – Bihar, UP or MP.
4. Boss is the waiter and Manager is the actual boss at office
Mumbaikar will never address the waiter as “Ae” or words that are disrespectful. All the waiters, cobblers, tapri wallahs and sometimes even the rickshaw wallahs and cabbies are boss while the real boss sitting in the office are either a manager, GM or a VP.
5. Cutting = Cutting Chai not Chopping
While, rest of the India might take “cutting” as cutting of hair in the nearby salon or cutting of vegetables, for Mumbaikars, cutting solely means cutting chai. Being very peculiar of their cutting chai, you may find people strolling at the tea stall after coming out of restaurants.
6. Upvas ka Chawaal, Upvas Ki Kachori, Chinese Dosa and Jain Chicken is the common menu in Restaurants
What is a upvas when you indulge in food and that too sitting in a restaurant? However, enter any of the lunch homes or restaurant during the lunch hours of the Upvas days – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and you’ll see several Mumbaikars, both men and women ordering – “Ek Upwas ki kachhori..”
7. Town = South Mumbai/Old Bombay
A definition of town is a place which is smaller than a city but a larger than a village. However, when a Mumbaikar says Town, he doesn’t mean what is in between a Village or a city – He simply means South Mumbai/Old Bombay.
8. Dhating = Drama/Dramebaaz/Nautanki
Many of my friends across India while watching Gauhar Khan doing the dhanting rap in the Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 asked me what is dhating? Well, dhating means drama in a funny way, let’s say it is a synonym of “Nautanki”. That reminds me Dhanting Naach of the Shaheed Kapoor starrer Phata Poster Nikla Hero.
9. Chapri = Dirty/Unclean Person
Chapri is the name of a place both in India and Pakistan. In addition, it is a special type of pancake in Bangladesh but chapri in Mumbai means dirty/unclean person. You may commonly hear these sentences from a Mumbaikar with respect to Chapri – “Don’t come like a chapri with me in the party” or “Will you stop talking to those roadside chapris!”
10. TTMM = Tu Tujha Mee Majha/Tu Tera Mai Mera (You – Yours, Me – Mine)
Ask somebody in an college or a office – “Who is giving the treat?” and there comes the reply from the Mumbaikars, “TTMM hai” which means nobody is giving the treat – You shall pay yours and I shall pay mine!
11 Ghunghru Salman = A Wannabe Actor
“Oh Ghunghru Salman” is the term used for all those curly haired boys who try to act like Salman, the Dabbang Khan. Earlier it was Radhey Naam for all those Mawaalis maintaining hairstyle like that of Radhey urf Salman in his movie Tere Naam.
Moreover, for all Hardcore Mumbaikars, hill station is Lonavala and Matheran, dance is “Visarjan” dance and jackpot is getting off at Andheri from the fast Virar Local in the peak hours.
What other concepts/terminologies you can think of which belongs only to Mumbai – the mayanagri?
By: Deepti Verma
Image Source: Rediff.com, Hindu, Indian Express
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