Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Wondrous Words Wednesday!

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. I'm excited because this is my first time participating!
I've only encountered one unfamiliar word in the book I'm currently reading; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach. I will say I'm enjoying it so far, so much better, for what I'm currently in the mood for anyway, than her Tulip Fever.  Or maybe it's just because I am so looking forward to the film even if it is about a bunch of old codgers like Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Billy Nighy and Tom Wilkinson! The story takes place primarily in India and the word is part of the Indian vocabulary dating back aways!
The Wondrous Word I encountered is 
Punkah Wallah ... this is actually two Hindi words.  According to Merriam-Webster a 'wallah' is the person who operates the 'punkah'. The punkah is: a fan used especially in India that consists of a canvas-covered frame suspended from the ceiling and that is operated by a cord.
I hope there is not much call for a punkah wallah in modern day India! 



12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing- that is really interesting! Living in Britain, I don't think I'd have any use at all for a fanner :-P x

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  2. I've seen those, but only in movies :) I am your newest follower :)

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    1. Thanks Libby, I'm following you too :)

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  3. I love hearing where people live! Where in Britain do you live? I was born in London (Richmond); my dad was from Preston, my mum was a Londoner but she was actually born in India.

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  4. I remember punkah wallah and char wallah from It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and old British comedy show about British forces in India. I would quite like someone to fan me in that heat I think.

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  5. Welcome to WWW! I've never heard of a punkah wallah and like the sound of it, even though I wouldn't want to be one. Thanks for playing along!

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  6. I remember those fans from old movies. But now I know what they're called. So glad you enjoyed WWW. I hope you'll be a regular.

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  7. I've seen punkah wallahs in the movies, but didn't know they had a name. I've been seeing previews for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel--it looks like a fun movie. Great first post for Wondrous Words Wednesday!

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  8. Oh, I've probably seen these fans in movies. Didn't know the correct name for the....

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  9. Thank you everyone! I really enjoyed checking out everyone's new words and meeting some new people.

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  10. What a great site! I absolutely *love* your background and this is such an interesting twist on a blog about books!

    -Erin
    erinsbibliomania@blogspot.com

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  11. WOW Erin, thanks so much! Of course I know you like the background because you have the exact same one, LOL! Great minds do think alike. :) Thanks for the follow.

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