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Articles by Kalpana Mohan

Watching Jugaad at Work

jugaad, noun. < Jugaad (alternatively Juggaar) is a colloquial Hindi and Punjabi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around, used for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or a person who can solve a complicated issue

A Palanquin of Wedding Bills

palanquin, noun. 1580-90 < a boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men <  from Portuguese palanquim, from Prakrit pallanka, from Sanskrit paryanka

We'll Always Have Paris

A salute to Paris (and Art Buchwald)

The Sound of My Name

name, noun. before 900 < a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known. <  from Sanskrit nama ... I believe the choice of a name is every man’s birthright. Yet a label ...

Hey, I Need Cash!

cash, noun. 1590-1600; < Portuguese caixa < Tamil kaacu copper coin < Sanskrit karsa a weight (of precious metal) While he was being molded in the model of a valley success story, he began questioning whether he wanted to be another cog in the wheel of technology. A gargantuan brown garbage container greeted ...

Off With the Loot

loot, noun. goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc;goods, money, etc, obtained illegally; (informal) money or wealth. From Hindi lu:t 1788, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram.

The Churidar Gets a Nod

churidar, noun. long tight-fitting trousers, worn by Indian men and women. Also called churidar pyjamas. From Hindi.

The House Of Teak

teak, noun. A large East Indian tree, of the verbena family, yielding a hard, durable, resinous, yellowish-brown wood used for shipbuilding, making furniture, etc.

The Call Of The Koel

The call of the koel will always remind me of the collapse of a nest.

That Downward Dog at Yoga

yoga: a school of Hindu philosophy advocating a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
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