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Chor! Thief! Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Hindi Language

I was the victim (shikaar) of a robbery (chori) today, and to say the least, it was a stressful experience (anubhav). Theft (chori) does not always mean loss of valuables (keemati cheezayn). Quite often it involves loss of objects dear (pyaaray) to us for the memories (yaadein) they hold. In my case it was things given to me by my parents (maata-pita) over the years as well as mementos of special occasions and trips.

As I went through the mess left behind by the thieves (chor) to assess my losses (nuksaan), I realized that no amount of caution (saav-dhaa-nee) and technology can protect us from material losses. In the end, we have to be thankful for the safety (suraksha) of those dear to us.


Let us listen to this conversation between two neighbors discussing a robbery in the neighborhood.

Meena: अरे समीर, क्या बात है? परेशान लग रहे हो।
(Arre Sameer, kya baat hai? Pareshaan lag rahe ho.)
Hey, Sameer, what’s the matter? You look worried.
Sameer: क्या बताऊँ. हमारे पड़ोसी के घर चोरी हो गया।
(Kya bataaoon. Humaaray padosi ke ghar chori ho gaya.)
What can I say? Our neighbor’s house got robbed.
Meena: अरे बापरे! यह तो बुरा हुआ। क्या बहुत कुछ ले गये चोर?
(Arre baapre! Yeh to bura hua. Kya bahut kuch le gaye chor?)
Oh no! That’s terrible. Did the thieves take a lot of things?
Sameer: सिर्फ़ एक लैपटॉप। उनकी बाकी सारी कीमती चीज़ें बैंक लॉकर में थीं।
(Sirf ek laptop chori hua. Unki baaki saaree keemati cheezayn bank locker mein thi.)
Only a laptop got stolen. All their other valuables were in the bank locker.
Meena: घर के अंदर तोड़फोड़ और नुक्सान?
(Ghar ke andar toad-foad aur nuksaan?)
Anything broken and damaged inside the house?
Sameer: ज़्यादा नहीं।  उनका कुत्ता बेचारा बहुत घबराया हुआ था।
(Zyaada nahin. Unka kutta bechara bahut ghubraaya hua tha.)
Not much. Their poor dog was very scared.

Conversation Vocabulary
शिकार shikaar victim/prey
चोरी chori robbery
अनुभव a-nu-bhuv experience
कीमती kee-ma-tee expensive/valuable
चीज़ें chee-zayn things/objects
यादें yaadein memories
प्यारे pyaar-ay dear/beloved
माता -पिता maata-pita mother-father/parents
नुक्सान nook-saan loss/destruction
सावधान saav-dhaan caution
सुरक्षा su-ruk-shaa safety
क्या बात है kya baat hai What is the matter? (kya = what; baat = matter)
क्या बताऊँ kya bataaoon What can I say? (kya = what; bataaoon = should I say; infinitive: bataana = to say)
हमारे humaaray our
पडोसी padosi neighbor
घर ghar house
अरे बापरे arrey baapre oh no!
बुरा buraa bad
बहुत कुछ bahut kooch a lot/many
सिर्फ़ sirf only
बाकी baakee other/remaining
सारी saaree all
अंदर un-dar inside
तोड़ -फोड़ toad-foad breakage/damage
ज़्यादा नहीं zyadaa nahin not much
उनका unka their
कुत्ता kutta dog
बेचारा bechara poor thing
घबराया हुआ था ghubraaya hua tha was scared; ghabraana = to be scared
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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.