suup to suup chhalnii bhii bolii jis me.n bahattar chhed
the kettle calling the pot black, the defective person should look at its own defects before opening the tongue, the one who have a clean image, then it is brag
an election that happens at a different time from a main election, to choose a Member of Parliament to replace one who has died or left his or her job, by-election
Rekhta Dictionary Blog
Read tailor-made fun-facts and analysis of selected Urdu Words and learn more about the journey of their meaning
5 other ways to say Mubarak-Bad in Urdu
Whether it’s Eid or Diwali; the daughter graduating or the son grabbing his first job; bringing home your first pet dog or that dog giving birth to a pup, however modest or momentous the occasion is, our expression is almost always the same, ‘Mubarak ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 30 November 2021
Stories behind Sayings: Camel (f)or Cat?
Sayings are where the constraints of grammar fall flat. Sayings are where the limits of our language are pushed. Sayings are where everyday speakers insert their ‘Private Meanings’, (hello, Wittgenstein lovers) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 27 November 2021
Banaaiye Bhi, Pakaaiye Bhi, magar, zaraa dekh kar!
‘To do, or to cook?’ shed some light on two of our most common verbs that we often use interchangeably. These are ‘Banaanaa’, to make, prepare; to contrive (slang), and ‘Pakaanaa’, to cook; to bore (slang) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 24 November 2021
Rihaaish: The Word we’ve All Got Completely Wrong!!
‘Rihaaish’, a word that’s nowhere to be found in our classical poetry, but features a lot after its wane, means a stay, dwelling, residence, and also a delay (spatial) ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 21 November 2021
All that you don’t know about the word Ustad, is keeping you from becoming one!
Ustad, originally came from the Zend language, even appearing in the Zoroastrian religious text ‘Avesta’, meaning a knower of Avesta ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 18 November 2021
KHulaasa-e-KHulaasa: Opening the word KHulaasa
KHulaasa actually means the purest part of something. A word that really can help us wrap our heads around it is the Hindi word NichoD, or the essence of a matter; ‘baat kaa nichoD yeh hai kih…’ ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 15 November 2021
The Strange Connection between Dastak and Baalak
Baalak (Baal + Ak), thus, means a little Boy or ChhoTa Bachha and Dastak (Dast + Ak), although it means a knock at the door ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 12 November 2021
Tarjama-e-Tarjama: Translating the word Tarjama
Essentially, Tarjama comes to mean ‘taking conjecture out of the equation (shakk duur karna)’. In Arabic, it originally means ‘a biography, an account of a person’s life and events.’ Tarjama Karna would therefore mean to write a biography, and not tr ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 November 2021
Sahi vs Sahih: Do You Know the Difference?
What you see above is actually the Arabic word ‘Sahiih’, that’s gradually metamorphosed into ‘Sahi’. Moreover, the two differ in script as well, the Arabic ‘Sahiih’ is written as ‘صحيح’ whereas its Hindustani twin ‘Sahi’ is scribed as ‘سہ' ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 06 November 2021
The Curious Case of the word Maah
The Persian word ‘Maah’ got its “form” from the Sanskrit ‘Maas’, and its “meaning” (following the logic) from the Arabic ‘Shahr’ ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 03 November 2021
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