Navsari lingo

Neighboring Surat was known for its colorful abuse. A noted Parsi solicitor, a Surat boy, in a fit of anger, often swore at his assistants in a highly original manner ["Tamari mai né kutraa lai jai (may your mother be carried off by dogs)” was his favorite; the rest of the sentence would get this publication and author scurrying for anticipatory bail under a rather draconian legislation]. Navsari, on the other hand, was a bit staid. Navsari Parsi Gujarati though had some memorable turns of phrase and several nearly untranslatable expressions. The ladies, in particular, excelled themselves. If someone spoke rubbish,......

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