‘Khunnas’ ‘Paanchat’ and other wise words…

I am strolling towards the cafeteria, Adam Smith in mind and some ‘gham’ in my heart, when I bump into pretty Parashar. Bhatta accompanies her.
“Oye,” says Parashar.
“Hey” says me.
“Kya hua?”
“Kuch nahi…”
“Chal, Khunnas mat dikha!!” says Parashar.

I am jolted out of my ‘gham’ right there. ‘Khunnas?’ I look at Bhatta. She seems to have got it alright and is nodding her miniscule head vigorously. The closest I have ever come to this word was when I had some ‘Hummus’ some years ago at a Lebanese place.
“What?” I ask.
“Abey, Khunnus mat dikha…”
I am scanning my limited Hindi vocabulary in my South-Indian brain for anything close to this word. Maybe it is Iranian.
Bhatta, meanwhile is tired of us.
She jumps down the stairs, ponytail waving in the air and then turns back to me and says,
“Hat, Paanchat!!”

Paanchat? As in a chat made of Paan? Whatever….After endless googling and consulting the Baap of Mumbaiya slang, I’ve found out that ‘khunnas’ and ‘Paanchat’ are very much common words like ‘attitude’ and ‘Wierdo’. Meanwhile, Parashar, Bhatta, Kulkarni and Shirodkar are busy generating more words in their room. I sometimes hear cries of anguish from the third floor from fellow ignorant beings who are trying to decipher this hi-fi language. I sometimes feel like giving back in Tamil. But before I can transfer my thoughts to my tongue, this ‘bhai’ style gang has called me the choicest of slangs and dissapeared before I can say ‘Kill Bill’!

Then, if someone asks me why my mouth is open like a gaping fish. I only have to say,

“Hat, Paanchat!”


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5 responses to “‘Khunnas’ ‘Paanchat’ and other wise words…

  1. shatakshi

    hahahaha…. chal chal tu bhi bol tamil mein.. Lets see…I can give u run for ur tamil anyday 🙂

  2. Tejaswini

    Hehe… in Puneri slang, Paanchat, has a much different usage, but the thing is, each different slang makes it a distinct local dialect almost…

  3. bluethemis

    Yep Puneri slang it is…very nice sounding words though! 🙂

  4. Falak

    haha I found out this blog searching for “Khunnas” after an Indian friend told me “Khunnas mat dikha” and I couldn’t figure out what it was.
    The closest word to Khunnas in Urdu/Farsi is “Khanaas” which means something like “garbage” or “all that”…
    who knew he was asking me to not show attitude !

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