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munsif-mizaaj

temperament of justice, fair-minded, lover of justice, just-minded, just in temperament, (a person) of propriety or taste

poshiida

concealed, hidden, secret, covered, veiled

furqat

separation (of lovers), absence (of a beloved person or friend)

Gaazii

one who fights against infidels

fard-e-jurm

charge sheet, indictment, calendar of crime

hijrat

migration, leaving of country and friends

maarg

mirgii kaa daura

epileptic seizure/ fit

chaubaaraa

top room of a house with windows on all four sides, topmost storey of a house

saraab

a vapour resembling the sea at a distance (formed by the rays of the sun or moonlight on a sandy plain)

harfii

literal, relating to letters

maa'zarat

excuse, apology, plea

naa.ib-qaasid

muKHtasar

short, succinct, abbreviated, abridged, concise

bezaar

sick of, displeased, tired of, weary, vexed, disgusted, apathetic, out of humour

gardan par chhurii phernaa

sang-e-maahii

the genus of aquatic animal whose back is hard like stone

musalsal

'ahd-e-vafaa

fulfill the promise

tark-e-duniyaa

abandoning worldly pleasures, becoming hermit

saffaak

a great shedder of blood, a cruel man, a butcher, tyrant

subuk-KHiraam

fast walker, fast runner, fast speed

me'yaar

an assay-balance, a touchstone

khisyaanii billii khambaa noche

an embarrassed or ashamed person tends to vent his/her feeling by quarrelling

shariik-e-hayaat

life partner, wife or husband mostly used for wife

lams

sense of touch, tactile sense

iKHtiyaar

jurisdiction, management, rule, sway

chaukaa cha.Dhaanaa

fixing dentures, fixing artificial teeth

gardish

faash

apparent, revealed, divulged, known, manifest, obvious

du'aa mustajaab honaa

mustajaab

qurbat

tifl-e-maktab

a school boy, inexperienced

yaum-e-vilaadat

birthday

az-sar-e-nau

anew, afresh, over again

kam-zarf

poor-spirited, Shallow, of little capacity, stupid, silly, witless

ruu-posh

hiding the face

zuud-pashemaan

repenting too soon, one who repents soon

dastaras

range of authority or control, within (one's) reach or power; to be reached with the hand, come to hand, able, approach, access, command, control

polaj

land sown every year

shiddat

abundance (of thirst, tears or lamentation, etc.)

musht-e-KHaak

(Literary) handful of dust, human being, man

aziyyat

wanton injury, molestation, annoyance, oppression

sinf

genre, sex, gender, species

faasiq

sinner, transgressor, adulterer, fornicator, rake, impious, vicious, scoundrel

'ohde

commission, office, post

munaafiq

hypocritical, a hypocrite, dissembler

mutma.in

In a state of rest, or ease, or quiet, enjoying repose and ease, still, quiet, tranquil, content, safe, secure

Urdu

Rekhta, Hindawi

sinf-e-suKHan

genre of poetry, form of poetry

aahan

iron, steel

jaan-e-man

(Literary) my life, my dear, darling

matlab

mean, sense, meaning, motive, aim, object, concern, purpose, wish, desire, selfishness, question, petition

'ahd

time, season, epoch, age

Gizaa-e-saqiil

heavy or hard to digest food

Garq

drowning, sinking, immersion

ham-'ahd

contemporary, coeval

'ahd-e-hukuumat

period of reign, period of rule

'ahd-e-nau

modern or present age

tajdiid

renewal, revival, novelty, renovation

KHud-saaKHta

home-made, self-appointed, self-styled

qanaa'at

contentment, satisfaction, tranquility, abstinence, ability to do without

Gair-muhazzab

uncivilized, uncultured

raqs

dance, dancing

'umr-e-daraaz

long-life, may (your) life (be) long

tazliil

humiliation, abasement, indignity, disgrace, degradation

qaul-e-faisal

ultimate judgement, statement that settles an issue

zulf-e-daraaz

long tresses, long locks

sarzanish

reprimand, chiding, dressing down, reproof, rebuke, reprehension

saqaafat

customs and beliefs of a specific country or group, culture

'avaamunnaas

public, common people, populace at large

aa.iin

constitution, law, code, enactment, regulation, statute, set rules or laws

zinaa-bil-jabr

rape, ravishment

e'timaad

confidence, faith, trust, reliance, dependence

e'tibaar

confidence, trust, belief, faith, reliability, credibility

baad-e-sabaa

morning breeze, the zephyr, a refreshing wind

rashk

the process of copying something achieved by someone else and trying to do it as well as they have, effort to match or surpass a person or achievement, typically by imitation, emulation

'alaamat-e-buluuG

sign of puberty, signs of being young

qaumii-salaamatii

national security, the safety of a nation, or actions taken to protect it

ziist

life, existence

'azm-e-safar

determination to travel

raqiib

a watcher, guardian

alfaaz

words, articulate sounds, terms

qillat

littleness, smallness; fewness, paucity, deficiency, scarcity, insufficiency

amvaat

deaths

taGaaful

feigned negligence, intentional connivance

firaaq

separation, disunion, abandonment

bad-nasiib

unfortunate, unlucky

'aduu

enemy, foe, oppositionist , opponent,

anjum

stars

'adl

justice, fairness, equity, rectitude

chilman

a hanging screen made of reeds or spilt bamboo for obstructing view, curtain, a venetian blind

difaa'

defence, repulsion

ulfat

love, affection, friendship, intimacy, familiarity, attachment, kindness

ranjish

indignation, grief, unpleasantness (between persons)

samaa'at

hearing, listening, (of a lawsuit)

dil-aazaarii

heart afflicting, torment of the heart, vexation of spirit, anxiety, trouble

tauhiin-e-'adaalat

contempt of court

mansuuba

plan, design, scheme, project

'adaavat

hostility, malice, enmity, animosity, hate, hatred, resentment, vindictiveness, malice, feud

'azm

determination, resolution, intention, fixed purpose, bent, aim, undertaking

shab

night, night time

aaftaab

sun

Home / Blog / Stories behind Sayings: Brave Enough to Brag

Stories behind Sayings: Brave Enough to Brag

by Rajat Kumar 09 December 2021 3 min Read

Stories behind Sayings: Brave Enough to Brag

saare aalam par huuñ maiñ chhāyā huā 
mustanad hai merā farmāyā huā 

MEER TAQI MEER 

How funny it is that the moment we hear someone go on a rant about their guts and grits, we know it's an act of bravado and almost instantly blurt out, ‘BaDe Tees Maar Khan Ho!’. 

But do you know how this backhanded compliment-cum-saying came about?

Don’t worry if you don’t, because by the end of this blog you will.

So, the story goes that there was a soldier who had fought in a battle ages ago, and was now long leading a life of comfort and pleasure from what he had earned.

Still not too aged, he realized that his assets were fast skimming, as he had to trade most of his belongings to make his ends meet. 

ham nikamme hu.e zamaane ke
kaam aisaa sikhaa diyaa tuu ne
DAGH DEHLVI

Obviously with all the luxury living, he had now grown into a lazy, laid-back guy, who now had to get over his reluctance to work and step up to a job to earn a living.

One afternoon, he had some sort of a revelation and told his wife that the following day he’ll be heading out to try and find himself a job, and thus urged her to pack some road-snacks for him to nosh on.

She decided to pack 30 Laddus for him, but little did she know that when she was pounding the crumbles in the Okhli, a little snake too got battered and got mixed in the Laddu Chuura.

vahii shaadii kaa laDDuu khaa ke pachhtaanaa pa.Daa hum ko
takalluf vaaqa.ii us vaqt farmaate to achchhaa thaa
MASROOR SHAHJAHANPURI

Unawares, the soldier packed the Laddus in his Potli, fastened it to his girdle, and hit the road. As the sun hit midday, the exhausted job seeking soldier took respite under a tree and decided to get started with snacks.

No sooner had he fancied feasting upon the Laddus than a gang of thirty robbers made the scene.

aap mat puuchhiye kyaa ham pe safar me.n guzrii
thaa luTero.n kaa jahaa.n gaa.nv vahii.n raat hu.ii
GOPALDAS NEERAJ

Fearing for his life, he implored them with all his desperation, but the raiders stood set in stone, and admonished him to hand over to them whatever he possessed.

The poor soldier somehow managed to barter his life for the 30 Laddus he had packed. The callous robbers distributed the Laddus among themselves and gobbled on them as the piteous soldier watched on haplessly.

Just when he was kicking himself for his hard luck, he saw the robbers drop flat on their faces one after the other. The snake’s venom had kicked in!

ik saa.np mujh ko chuum ke tiryaaq de gayaa
lekin vo apne saath miraa zahr le gayaa
KAIF AHMED SIDDIQUI

Barely able to make sense of what was going on around him, his soldierly instincts kicked in. He at once cut off the ears and noses of the fallen bandits and tied them up in a clothpiece and left the spot like a breeze!

Soon, he reached a city, and as people took a whiff that a stranger had stepped in their town, they took him to the royal court - as was the norm of that state.

The king summoned him and asked who he was and how he got here. That alone was enough to send our chicken-turned-cocky soldier into an unending ego trip.

He started bragging about the heroics of his forefathers, this, that, and whatnot! And on top of that, he showed off the token of his heroism, the slit ears and noses, to validate his pompous claim.

Obviously everyone in the court was startled at this unexplainable feat of bravery, and while they were still trying to connect the dots, the King conferred on him the appellation:

Tees Maar Khan!

In no time, the whole of the town was chanting his name. Perhaps, they never got to know the truth about him, we certainly know better.

From now on, do watch out for the Mr. Bragsome in your life!

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