Sasoo Na Aansoo

20 Mar

Contrary to what you’ve heard, I haven’t run off to perform item numbers in Bollywood (although refusing stampeding hordes of directors is tiresome, ohhh my throbbing temples!)  My online silence stemmed from an inconvenient brat called Life who sometimes demands our exclusive attention.  Posts will be skimpy for a while, so bear up, will you? But now that I’m here, and with Naurooz/Jamshedi Navroze right around the corner, let’s revive our Parsipanu section!

Today’s phrase, uniquely my community’s and one that amuses me most is:

“Tohri sasoo kanda khai”

Pronounced: taw-ree saa-soo kaan-daa khaa-y

Direct translation: May your mother-in-law eat onions.

Mrs. Kandawalla

[Credits: Picture by Robert Recker/Corbis. Located on Google Images.]

Why onions? Who knows. Perhaps we secretly love to see our mothers-in-law weep. Maybe the speaker wants all the eeda to herself and so wishes the humble onion on the sasoo. Or it could be that feeding one’s mother-by-marriage stinky bulbs is a legit way to stay away. Whatever the motivation, this phrase is used as an exclamation when one has done something foolish, best said while slapping palm to forehead.

For example:

Oops, I added salt twice to the chicken gravy!

Tohri sasoo kanda khai! Now throw in a few potatoes to absorb the excess.


So this Navroze, wish someone’s mother-in-law a mouthful of onions—but be sure to keep yours happy with a box of mithai. 😉

Navroze Mubarak, people. This Spring, may we look at life anew, and kiss second chances full on the mouth.

11 Responses to “Sasoo Na Aansoo”

  1. Dipti March 20, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Priceless Parsipanoo ! Love it..

  2. Null Pointer March 20, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    What an immensely satisfying language! When life hands you onions, bust out some Parsipanu and whip up something truly worth crying for. Here’s a dunce cap for that impudent brat while you revel in french-kissed second chances, onion-breath and all.

    (you posted => yay!)

  3. alice March 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Navroze Mubarak darling.

  4. Scribbler March 21, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    Ah, I was missing OJ in my inbox!
    Navroz Mubarak!

  5. sukanyabora March 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Navroz Mubarak!

  6. Orange Jammies March 22, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Dipti: Thanks, Dipti. 🙂 You wouldn’t know anyone called Darpan with your last name, would you?

    Null Pointer: For your cracker of a comment, love, anything. ❤

    alice and sukanya: Thank you much, ladies. 🙂 Happy Spring to you too.

    Scribbler: I dragged her here, kicking and screaming, just for you guys. 😉

  7. Aunty G. March 22, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Welcome back, Beloved, first of all
    Secondly, thanks for the Vernal call
    Parsipanu’s lesson
    Is well-taken
    And for giving picture-credits, you’re a real doll!

  8. dipali March 22, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    So glads to see a post from you!
    Happy Navroze, dear OJ and family.

  9. Orange Jammies March 24, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Aunty G: To be of comfort to each other is a blessing we can’t ever be too grateful for. *Hug*

    dipali: Thank you, Dipali. 🙂 Hope the vernal equinox augurs joy for you.

  10. Reema June 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    lol..that is something I heard for first time 🙂 nice expression!

  11. Orange Jammies June 8, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Reema: Tohri sasoo kanda khai! You’ve never heard it before?!! 😯 😉

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