Nothing defines a culture as distinctly as its language, and the element of language that best encapsulates a society’s values and beliefs is its proverbs and Idioms.
Proverbs are short and pithy sayings that express some traditionally held truth. They are usually metaphorical and often, for the sake of memorability, alliterative.
I love idioms whether in English, Hindi or Urdu.
My fascination for the Hindi and Urdu muhavrey and the comical character that our politicians portray ( in the subcontinent), pushed me from within to come up with some Idioms or proverbs which I feel best suit their personalities.(Pakistani politicians in this blog)
Some may appear to fit the best with the politician( like the choli-daman ka saath) while others may just be just barely applicable for the sake of it.
My apologies in advance if it hurts anyone’s sensitivities.
Sadar Zardari: Andha baante rewri, murr murr apnono ko dey
PM Gilani: Darya mein reh kar magar se bair ( theek nahin)
Shah Mahmood Qureshi: Ghar ka bhedi Lanka dhaaye
Naheed Khan: Pran jaaye per wachan na jaaye
Amin Fahim: Dil cheez kya hai aap meri jaan lijiye
Nawaz Sharif: Bander ke haath mein Naariyal
Shahbaz Sharif: Unchi dukaan pheeke pakwaan
Musharraf: Rassi jal gai per bal nahin gaya.
Altaf Bhai: Sau sunar ki, ek lohaar ki
Mustafa Kamal: Haath bhar ka chokra, gaz bhar ki jeebh
Peer Saheb Pagara: Apna haath Jagannath
Maulana Fazlur Rehman: Jahan dekhi tawa paraat, wahin guzari saari raat.
Imran Khan: Naach na jaane, aangan tedha
Asfandyar Wali: Dum daba kar bhaagna
Sheikh Rasheed: Dhobi ka kutta, na ghar ka na ghat ka.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed: Lakeer ka faqeer
Zulfiqar Mirza: Thotha chana, baaje ghana
Rehman Malik: Andhon mein kaana raja
Faizia Wahab– Phatta baans
Ejaz Butt: Khane ko Bismillah, kaam ko astaghfirullah
Qaim Ali Shah: Paanch poot, pandrah potey, ab bhi baba ghaas khoday.
Can’t think for:
Firdous Ashiq Awan
Any suggestions are most welcome.
While researching the muwrey came across some interesting and new ones. Thought I will share:
Zabardast ki joroo sab ki dadi, ghareeb ki joroo sab ki bhabhi–rich are powerful while poor are always oppressed.
Aag laga paani ko dauri–first create a problem, then look for its remedy.
Bibi nek bakht, chataank daal do waqt–a patient woman
Ek miyan mauj ka, ek saari fauj ka– might is right.
Jithon di khoti, uthay aan khaloti
O tou ki jaane polliyey majjay, anarkali diyan shanan.
Please notice that majority of the Muhawrahs target the women.