state of just living a life (esp. with mediocre means), whiling away one's time means of livelihood, passing (one's) time, occupation, employment, subsistence, livelihood, means of living
Rekhta Dictionary Blog
Read tailor-made fun-facts and analysis of selected Urdu Words and learn more about the journey of their meaning
Epizeuxis: Socho Socho Kya Hai Ye!
Last week I dropped in on an old friend for dinner. Since I had arrived early - around 5-ish - her mother offered tea, which I was only too kind not to refuse. Cutting to the chase, we had tea. It was around 6:15 and we started noshing in on some sna ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 13 June 2022
Alaava Az Alaava: What's More than Moreover
The interplay between a word’s literal and colloquial use often results in discoveries beyond interesting! In this blog, we’ve dug out a familiar - yet not-completely-known word - that might raise your eyebrow to the top ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 June 2022
Word Builders: The “Paa” you haven't Found Yet!
Last time around, we picked a tiny, tiny word ‘Jaa’ to lay bare how words actually build our everyday lexicon. Continuing the series, here I am bringing you another little word that has enabled several other words to come to their feet ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 April 2022
Word-Builders: The Other ‘Jaa’ in your Vocab
As odd as it may sound, the smallest piece in a puzzle is often the most central to its coming together. It’s also the one that takes the least space and eventually can’t find its place on the maze, at all! On the maze of words too, there are tin ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 28 February 2022
Birth of the Urdu language!!
Urdu was born in the 12th century from the regional Apabhramsha of northwestern India. This newly-born speech was a breed of amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim cultures (during the 12th to 16th centuries); a composite product of Ganga-Jamuna tehzee ...continue reading
by Sabah Kausar | 21 December 2021
Know to Say No in Urdu? Know You Don’t!
During the Victorian times, one unsaid phrase of caution was known by all women alike: ‘You must know how to say no. ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 18 December 2021
kaTh hujjati ho ya kaT hujjati, hain donon buri
’’ہم ’کٹ حجتی‘ لکھتے اور بولتے رہے ہیں۔ ریختہ میں بھی ہم نے دیکھا تو کٹ حجتی ہی ہے۔ ’’کٹ حجتی‘‘ کے معنی ہیں: ’’خواہ مخواہ کی بحث، بحث برائے بحث،اپنی بات پر اڑنا، ضد سے کام لینا، بے جا حجت‘‘۔ لیکن جناب ابونثر نے ’’کٹھ حجتی‘‘ لکھا ہے، آیا یہ زیادہ فصی ...continue reading
by احمد حاطب صدیقی (ابو نثر) | 15 December 2021
From Script Sounds to Sound Script: A Fresh Take on Learning Urdu
This verse above by Faiz Sahab is inarguably among the most adored couplets of Urdu language. But besides its evocative imagery and nostalgic vibe, do you know what’s the secret behind Ghazal-lovers reciting it over and over, like a cryptic Mantra ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 12 December 2021
Stories behind Sayings: Brave Enough to Brag
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 ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 09 December 2021
5 Contronyms of Urdu that you barely knew existed!
Just like humans, words, too, can sometimes behave contradictorily. Thankfully, we have a term for those words that have this strange linguistic condition – Contronyms, or Janus words. In Roman mythology, Janus is considered the God of duality, and ...continue reading
by Rajat Kumar | 06 December 2021
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