Gu (n): Hindi. Excrement, but since gu is not used in polite Indian company, “shit”. In English, “goo”.
Yoga (n): Hindi. Interestingly, the English “yoke” is linked to the Sanskrit root word. Self discipline of the mind with the intention of uniting ones soul with the infinite, or the supreme soul. Hence “yoke”.
Pant (n): Hindu word for European type trousers
Verandah (n): Indian origins but no one quite knows from where.
Paisley Pattern (n): named after the Scottish town of Paisley that copied a stylised juniper design which had its origins in Kashmir (which the Scots had copied to cut into the Kashmir shawl trade)
Swastika(n) Hindi. A symbol of good omen and prosperity. And yes, adopted by Hitler’s Germany.
Widow (n) An Indo-European word linked to the Sanskrit widh/vidh, meaning lacking, bereft, alone. In today’s Hindi, a widow is widhwa.
Chit (n) anglicised version of chithi – letter.
You can easily lose yourself for a while in this book. I love it.
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