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Re: English equivalent of Hindi/vernacular proverbs/idioms

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What is the English equivalent of "Ek to karela upar se neem chadha"?

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Add insult to injury?
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Add insult to injury?
No actually
See, the karela proverb would be apt for following:
  • a violent act which is done in full public glory. the act is horrendous in the 1st place. And to top it, it is done publicly.
  • an ugly woman bragging about her own beauty in presense of beautiful woman (like kareena in front of Aishwarya)
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No actually

See, the karela proverb would be apt for following:
  • a violent act which is done in full public glory. the act is horrendous in the 1st place. And to top it, it is done publicly.
  • an ugly woman bragging about her own beauty in presense of beautiful woman (like kareena in front of Aishwarya)
something like that.

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Nah - Insult to injury would be a close translation in most cases. Your first example for example

Horrendous act was committed. And to add insult to injury, it was done in full public view.
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Nah - Insult to injury would be a close translation in most cases. Your first example for example

Horrendous act was committed. And to add insult to injury, it was done in full public view.
the horrendous act (done publicly) is "neem chadha karela". it insulted the injured sentiments of the humans beings witness to it.
we are looking from opposite ends.
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Add insult to injury?
Neem is bitter. Karela is even bitterer. Bitter Karela producing vine having grown up in close proximity to bitter Neem tree, double whammy. Someone extremely bitter, extremely vengeful, extremely revengeful. Light example.. you ban a mentally disturbed id. Id returns sounding sane. You ban the sicko again. 3rd time, you're dealing with an id filled with personal hatred for your moderator's id. Something of sort.. ek toh Karela upar se neem chada
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Re: English equivalent of Hindi/vernacular proverbs/idioms

( Few are not very precise and exact,.. but still close-to the same sense )


Look before you leap and Think before you speak / Strike the Iron when it is hot.


Tel dekho,... Tel ki dhaar dekho !


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Three is a Crowd

Teen Teegaada,... Kaam Beegaada


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Rome was not built in a Day / Haste is Waste.


Utaavale aambaa naa paake !

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Straight trees are cut first / Ripen mangos always get the first stones


bahu daahya,.. bahu khardaay ! { More wise / smart-arse ppl,.. are moer tortured }

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An empty vessel makes the most sound !


adhoora ghada chhalkaay ghana

Khaali chano,.. vaage ghano

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Every cloud has a silver lining / There is a light at the end of the tunnel / Night remains at its darkest just before a dawn ! / Hope Floats


aasha amar hai

Laakh neeraasha mein,.. ek amar aasha chhupi huyi hai !

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A well-beginning is half done. / First impression is the last impression


Jis ki chaai bigadi uus ki subah bigadi,...Jis ki daal bigadi,... uus ka dahaada bigada,....athaana bigada, uus ka baras bigada !


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Fence eating the crop / Protector turns Predator.


Vaad chibhada gale.
Rakshak bane bhakshak

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Don't try herding the cats

Andhe ko aarasi,.. bahere ko shankh
Bheins ke aage bhagwat

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Don't spill the blood, if ya suspect shark in da water !

aa bala pakad gala


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In the community of Blinds, even a, one-eyed person could be da King !

uzzad gaanv mein eranda pradhaan.


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See no evil , hear no evil...

Boora maat dekho, Boora maat suno.

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Barking dogs seldom bite.

gaajyaa megh barse nahin.

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Garbage in,.. garbage out.

Jaise karni waise bharni.


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What goes around , comes around / Karma is a Biyaatch


Jaisa karoge,.. waisa paavoge, [ Jaise karni, waise bharni ]

vaavo tevu lano,... ane karo tevu paamo

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Like father ,. Like son

Baap jaise Bete, Vaad jaise Tete !

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Old habits, die hard

Chor chori se jaaye,.... toh hera-feri se naa jaaye !

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A king can do nothing wrong.

saara kaam saheb na !

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Good money after the bad money.

A bird in hand is better than two in the nest

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Slow and steady wins the race

Utaavala so baavara,.........Dheera so Ganbheer !


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Ashes to ashes and dust to dust !

aap moova,... peechhe doob gayi duniya ! ( Jab tak hai jaan )
Ek din padega jaana,.... kya waqt kya thikaana.




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"Chit bhi meri, pat bhi meri"?
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"Chit bhi meri, pat bhi meri"?
"Have the cake and eat it too" ?
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"Have the cake and eat it too"?
yes, right. thanks. kabhi kabhi dimag ki batti band ho jati hai
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Look before you leap and Think before you speak / Strike the Iron when it is hot.


Tel dekho,... Tel ki dhaar dekho !

" Loha Garam Hai" for the iron part.
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Please give English equivalent of प्रायश्चित and पश्चाताप.
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Penance and Regrets...
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Penance and Regrets...
Regret does not exactly match the weight of पश्चाताप. Repent may be. But may be that is प्रायश्चित
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