Surrounded by the dark grey valleys

Vocabularies In ‘Surrounded By The Dark Grey Valleys’

The idea of using some typical words within a novel is not new.  In many bestsellers, like ‘A thousand splendid suns.’ or ‘The Kind Runner’. those cultural worlds are used to express the idea. If those words are used in English, that would not convey the same meaning. The same, in ‘surrounded by the dark grey valleys’, some cultural words are used which cannot be understood by every reader.

Following are those vocabularies that could be hard to understand:

  • Dupatta:  A long scarf that is usually taken with salwar kameez, mostly in South Asia.
  • Jalibee:  A kind of sweet, famous in South Asia.
  • Nan:   Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread.
  • Tasbih:  A set of beads, tied with a string, that is used for the purpose of counting.
  • Gulab Jamun:  Gulab jamun is a milk-solid-based sweet.
  • ‘The mayinay spai’:  A phrase for ‘the wife’s puppet.’ in the Pashto language.
  • Mel-Mastiya:  A certain number of days every year, when a married woman goes to her parents’ home. It is practiced in some cultures, including Pashto culture.
  • Tahajud:  Midnight prayer.
  • Attan:  Pashto cultural dance.
  • Angethi:  Traditional stove in which wood or coal is burned.
  • Taweez – A locket type piece of paper, covered in cloth that is worn to protect from evil.
  • Charsi:  Smoker.
  • Insaniyat:  Humanity.
  • Mezzin/Mozzin:  The one who calls for prayer in Masjid.
  • Pakora:  A type of fried snake.
  • Chotu:  A kid, or a child that works with his master.
  • Sehri:  Pre-dawn meal taken by Muslims in the month of Ramadhan.
  • Iftar:  Evening meal that Muslims take just after the sunset in the month of Ramadhan after fasting.
  • Luddo:  A board game.
  • Malang:  A homeless wanderer.
  • Tableeghhi:  Islamic missionary scholars that focus on urging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, and particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behavior.
  • Duniya:  This world.
  • Hoor:  An angel.
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