Sunday, December 11, 2011

tap tap tapori

Hello blogdosts! Yet another party weekend. Attended my friend's 40th B'day celebrations! The one word to describe this event is JHAKHAAS!!! Everything little thing from lights, to music,to drinks, to food, to dessert was so well planned by her dear husband. The cake was so delicious. Strawberry-Vanilla. It was so big, it could feed the entire city of Ashburn. Well we partied till the wee hours of the morning. Still recovering. It was   a nice Sunday, weather wise, here in VA. Did not do much. Lazed around the house.

For me, the word Jhakhass is synonymous with actor, Anil Kapoor. He made it famous during the 1980's with his distinct style of acting called the Tapoori style. Tapori is a language which is the unique slang of Hindi. Although, it is primarily spoken in Mumbai, thanks to many Bollywood movies like Josh, Munnabhai, etc. this Mumbaiyya language has become popular in other parts of India as well. The word Tapori means rowdy. The Tapori figure is a male persona part form the streets and part the social conscience of the neighborhood/community. He lacks a home but is looking for a family. He uses style and gestures to voice the problems of his community. Sometimes he gets involved in petty crimes to protect his fellow people. Taporis also have an unique style of dressing. This comprises of extremely casual clothes. Rolled up sleeves and pants. A bandana around the head, neck and wrist. Usually, the outfit is made of very loud colors like Red, Orange and Yellow. The idea is to mismatch to the maximum extent possible. I like listening to it as it is has a lot of humor. Only close friends can make this language believable. To me the language portrays the close bond among friends that grew up in similar circumstances. However, this language is looked down upon by educated people in India as it is made up of many indecent words. Some examples of this language are:

  • You'll be surprised - Ekdam "hill" jayega tu
  • I am leaving this place - Chal apun "kaltee" marta hai
  • Don't make a fool of others - Dekh, tu "shendi" mat laga sabko
  • Get the hell out, you oversmart fool! - Chal shaane, "hawa" aane de
  • Do you drink daily? - Tu kya roz "full to" hota hai?
  • What a babe! - Kya "jhakass item" hai yaar!
  • Don't bore me - Jyaada "pakaa" mat be tu

Ok, then friends, hope you have fun with this language. "tab tak main yahaan se kaltee marti hun".


  1. Wow !! Well, its nice to know that the party went on well...I cud jus visualise it..Tks Maya for this blog..:-))

  2. I am so glad that you liked the pics Shobana.