Three Quotes Challenge

So recently I was nominated for this challenge by two exceptionally good bloggers.

The first nomination came from Inky, who has a multitude of talents including writing in both English and Urdu, and photography.  Her observational skills always leave me in awe. Do check her blog.

The second nomination was from Beparvah, who has such variety in writing that he can write on social problems as effortlessly as he writes on emotional issues. Don’t forget to click on the link provided above.

As for the rules of the challenge, I am going to bend them quite a lot. For starters, I am not going to post consecutively for three days. This will be the single post with nine quotes. And no nominations from my end either. If you want, you may do it on your blog, or you can post your favourite quote(s) down at the comments section.

So without further ado, let’s crack on.

1.Aai aai Maharani Victoria! Eku Porha xuna nai. Khali lipstick, plastic, elastic!” — My high school mathematics teacher

This is one of the defining quotes of my life. It deals with the ills of vanity and materialistic lifestyles. To break it down for you, aai aai means aai aai, because those are just sounds you make when you are angry at someone. I suppose it’s not as cool as Oi or Oye or Hey or Youstupidmoron, but it does what it intends to do — which is to alert someone that a barrage of abuses are coming.

Maharani of course means Maharani (or Queen), and Victoria is that Queen Victoria of the Victorian Age who is so famous over here due to her historically significant actions.

Porha xuna nai is in Assamese which literally translates to “reading listening not” if we consider it word by word. I guess that doesn’t make sense. So a better translation is “no studying.”

Khali doesn’t allude to the wrestler Great Khali. Khali in Assamese means only. I suppose the other words are as clear as day. Although I don’t know why he used to add the words plastic and elastic.

All in all, the quote means: “Hey you, Queen Victoria! Will you stop with your vanity issues and at least focus on your studies for a while?”

Er…or something along those lines. Whatever.

To the boys he would say, “Aai aai Jambuvantha. Kya kar raha?” This also has a lot of depth, but I am too tired to delve into the Ramayana right now and explain the context behind its usage. And if you noticed the lack of hai after raha, it’s because it was intentional. His vocabulary lacked the Hindi word hai.

“Kya kar raha?”
“Kya khaata?”
“Class mein sota?”
I think you get the point.

2. You cannot always expect change. Sometimes you have to bring the change yourself.” — Local channawaala

Well you know, he does have a point. I have to accept his rationale, otherwise he will say, “Chhutten kya paed pe lagte hain?”

3. “Meowth, that’s right.” — Meowth (Team Rocket waala or if you still don’t get it, it’s a Pokemon reference. Go ahead, drown in chullu bhar paani)

He is right. I used to think he would say Meow, but it turned out he just repeated his name. I don’t know why I am explaining this quote.

4. “If you ssssmmeeelll what the Rock is cookin.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Well I never understood what the Rock meant with those words. I mean I used to smell whatever was around me at that time, ranging from food and books to my uncle’s smelly socks. But it represents childhood (and if I might admit, adulthood too).

Okay enough of silliness. Let’s check some proper quotes. I won’t attempt to explain them because I want you all to interpret them according to your thoughts and beliefs.

5.There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.” — Thomas Jefferson

6. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” — Plato

7. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognises genius.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

8. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” — Harper Lee

9. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” — Mahatma Gandhi

39 thoughts on “Three Quotes Challenge

  1. Haha your posts crack me up XD most of the times. (I haven’t forgotten JOKE post. :P)
    I’m glad you explained the first quote.The word xuna sounds so Japanese( though I do not know how to pronounce it.
    I get your point and I just noticed it sounds funny if you kick out the word ‘hai’.
    You shared a variety of quotes.Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Haha, thanks a lot. Yeah, the Joke post followed a different theme.

      Xuna is somewhere between huna and khuna. So it’s a unique sound. Even Assamese folks have difficulty pronouncing it properly.
      Yes, the lack of hai used to make us laugh so much back then haha.
      And you are welcome 🙂

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  2. I want more of those unconventional quotes!!
    And I’m going to doobofy in chullu bhar paani! I understand no Pokémon reference.
    And our local chaiwala, paanwala, cabbie, bus conductor everyone says bring the change! Arre kahaan se laaye? Mint hai kya ghar pe?!

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      1. Yep you got it right. Sulphurman is my name. Actually it came from the Assamese phrase suli poril maa which in Hindi means baal gir gaye maa. 😛
        Ignore my last statement. I’m being nonsensical as always. The name is Ershad but you can call me either.
        Thanks again.

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  3. Nice name “Ershad”. You can share shayari and don’t need to wait for audience to say “irshad”. Hehe. I’m also as nonsense as you. You might have noticed from my comments.I’m from Gujarat. The other end of India. Nice to meet you.

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  4. The second quote, I’ve heard, but from a bus conductor XD
    But you’re right. They’ve got a great point 🙂
    Then there’s number 5 which mostly points to everything that is already going on currently in our countries… Overall just made me sad..-.
    The sixth one went over my head, I’m not even gonna lie :/
    I like the seventh one and eighth one I love. I found myself smiling when I read it 🙂
    And the ninth one, I absolutely believe in. Great words… 🙂

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    1. Yes, the fifth quote touches on a number of issues plaguing the world right now.
      The sixth one deals with the attitude of people who say. “Oh I don’t like politics,” but then go on to say, “You know, this government sucks.” Basically, it says that inaction of people to raise voices against injustice is often the cause of injustice happening all around.
      Thanks for reading and offering your thoughts Hiba 🙂

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      1. Ah, okay. That’s actually a great quote then. A little hard to crack though, but I think that’s just me XD
        Actually now that you explained it, I quite love that one 🙂

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  5. I don’t know why I didn’t see this in my reader! Sulphur dude this was so interesting! Great job mate. Loved the quotes. The serious ones and the ones that took a while to get haha 😂
    And we have khali in Urdu too! I love relating languages hehe. And I’m glad of the pokemon reference * high five * loved pikachu!

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    1. Thanks a lot revels.
      Oh, that happens to me too. Sometimes I miss posts from people I follow. Some bug in WP I guess. Anyway, yeah khali is common in many languages. Bengali mein bhi hai.
      And haha *high five*. Pikachu is everyone’s favourite.

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