Bhaiya, ek cutting dena

by Vinaya HS on July 11, 2006

in The Mumbai Blog,The SP Jain Blog

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The ubiquitous “bhaiya” is back again.

In a saner world, “Bhaiya, ek cutting dena” would mean “Bother, give me a hair-cut.” But, we are talking about Mumbai. Sanity is what you won’t find here – no matter how hard you look. Therefore, the above statement actually means, “Brother, give me half a cup of tea.”

Even before I got to know the actual meaning, I heard, “Bhaiya, do cutting dena.” What was that again? Imagine my shock – who on Earth would want two hair-cuts at the same time?

I am now a wiser person.




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Littilgurl July 11, 2006 at 4:11 PM

Hmmmmm.. the joys of having a hot cutting on a wet cold rainy day.. :)

Don’t I know?? Me a Mumbaikar all my life.. I thrive on cutting chai at the roadside.. In fact Mumbai thrives on roadside food and tea and juice stalls.

I also think its great business.. they earn more in a day than most graduates and MBA’s earn in a month in this city..

Debates aside.. Chai rules!!

Smiling Girl July 11, 2006 at 5:00 PM

Hehe… Is it?? How the language changes, no?
Wonder how they say it in Hyderabadi Hindi.

anoop July 11, 2006 at 5:53 PM

Hmmm..Hair cut i pay $10 here, but we speak english here in singapore.

Littilgurl July 11, 2006 at 5:59 PM

I’m trying to ask a Hyderabadi friend of mine on chat.. but no response yet :(

Hey SG, loved your last of the “Ladka Dekhna” articles.. Arey, you’re on the other side of the fence now.. whose shoulders will we cry on ;)

Vinaya, sorry for the extra space used.. :D SG’s blog does not allow Anonymous comments.. Hey but this article: 10/10!! Come to Mumbai again, I’ll treat you to cutting and vada pav.. :)

Anonymous July 14, 2006 at 10:09 AM

yeh..let me share my language improvement exp (its my way of viewing slang development) ..a friend on mine, from delhi visiting blr..this dude wanted to buy a pair of jeans from blr..(crazy..jeans from blr)..neways took him to a fashion joint in bridgades..to the killer smile of the (she)cashier, he responds ” kya muski de rahi hai”..Me confused .. ” what did she give, muski..whats that??”.. later after scratching my head, got that muski means muskhan…

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