Friday, February 27, 2009

Hain?

हैं?

This word is put to several uses by the people of Delhi.

“Hain?” - sharp, to the point, almost like a jab, with both eyes wide open, eyeballs about to pop out.

Hainnn?” - with eyebrows arched, maxillary central incisors all visible, representing their dislike for what they’ve just heard.

“Haaaiiinnn?” - Long-drawn out, representing their unwillingness to try and understand what you’re saying. Commonly used by babus with paunches at government offices, especially after lunch hour.

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