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Mushrooming Neighborhoods Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Hindi Language

I’m currently traveling in India and my work brings me to a relatively newer sprawl of the Bengaluru शहर city (shahar). This area यह जगह, (yeh jagah) which has mushroomed पनपा है (panapaa hai) as a response to the IT industry, is peppered with paying guest accommodations. Every morning हर सुबह (har subah) a veritable ocean of young professionals in the IT industry crowds buses and streets सड़क (sadak). In the evenings, this same crowd भीड़ (bheed) pours into restaurants and streetside eateries ठेला (thay-la) which visually outnumber any other kind of business व्यापार (vyaapaar) in the area.

Building under construction

Building under construction. (Image by: Nitya Ramanan)

A characteristic of any in-demand location is the feverish construction of more apartment buildings इमारतें (imaaratein) to meet the demand मांग (maang). As I weave my way through narrow neighborhood streets, I can hear the constant sound of hammer हथोड़ा (hathoda) on stones पत्थर (patthar) and feel the fine concrete dust in my hair बाल (baal) , face चेहरा (chehraa), and on my skin त्वचा (tvachaa).

Open sewer

Open sewer (Image by: Nitya Ramanan)

The buildings are being raised खड़े करना (khade karna) at a rapid pace तेज़ गति (tez gati). Infrastructure sadly remains at a standstill, with open sewers खुले नाले (khule naale) and overflowing garbage कचरा (kachra) barely able to keep pace with the growing population आबादी (aabadi).

VOCABULARY

शहर  shahar city
यह जगह  yeh jagah this area/place
पनपा है panapa hai has mushroomed
हर सुबह  har subah every morning
भीड़ bheed crowd
ठेला thayla streetside eatery/foodcart
इमारतें imaaratein buildings (pl.)
व्यापार  vyaapaar business
मांग  maang demand
हथोड़ा  hathoda hammer
पत्थर  patthar stone
बाल  baal hair
चेहरा  chehra face
त्वचा  tvachaa skin
खड़े करना  khade karna to construct/build
तेज़ गति  tez gati great speed
खुले नाले  khule naale open sewer/drain
कचरा  kachra garbage/trash
आबादी  aabaadi population
सड़क  sadak street/road

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About the Author:Nitya

Namaste, friends. My name is Nitya. I was born and raised in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). I'm a native Hindi speaker. However, as life took me through school, college, work, and waves of friends from different parts of India, my repertoire of Hindi flavors and dialects grew and added dimension to my native fluency. Casual, formal, colloquial, and regional ... Hindi is a language with incredible variety and localization. Through this blog, I will help you learn Hindi through conversations, vocabulary, colloquialisms, and glimpses of Indian culture. आओ, मिलकर हिंदी सीखते हैं। (Aao, milkar Hindi seekhte hain!) Come, let's learn Hindi together.


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