Glossary for 5 TO 1

The following terms are used in 5 TO 1:

Agnimar cliff: Highest point of Koyanagar

Amma: Mother (Kannada language)

Appa: Father (Kannada language)

Baaba: Father (Marathi language)

Banyan tree: A type of tree that usually has a twisted trunk and branches

Beti: daughter (Hindi language)

Bindi: A dot or forehead decoration that is placed between eyebrows

Chai: Tea

Chawl: a type of building found in India, often with 4 to 5 stories and about 10 to 20 tenements referred to as kholis.

Chhau: A tribal dance

Chikan: Embroidery, such as what may be seen around the collar of an expensive kurta

Choosing Ceremony: The ceremony at which a girl officially chooses her husband (the winner of her tests)

Didi: Elder sister (Hindi language)

Dupatta: Scarf

Ghar Jamai: Son-in-law (Hindi language)

Hun market: The market where all goods (bother legal and illegal) in Koyanagar are sold

Kantha quilt: A quilt made up of a variety of colored fabrics

Kholi: A room found in a chawl in India

Khichdi: An Indian dish made from rice and lentils

Koyanagar: Fictional country located on the West coast of India

Kurta: A tunic or long shirt

Ji: A term of respect added to a name, such as Mummy-ji or Nani-ji

Juti: Handmade shoes worn by either men or women. Women’s are often embroidered or covered in beads.

Lathi: A large stick used as a weapon

Lift: A British term for elevator

Maharaja: A great ruler or king

Mannipudi: Fictional village located north of city center (approximately 2.5 hours walk)

Marwari: Horse native to India with inward-turning ear tips

Mota Bhai: Big brother. May be used for someone who is not a biological brother. (Hindi language)

Mota Masi: Great Aunt on maternal side (Hindi language)

Paan: A combination of betel leaf, areca nut and tobacco. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects.

Pungi: A wind instrument played by snake charmers

Registry: The book used to manage all citizens of Koyanagar

Roti: A flat, unleavened bread

Ruby drops: A necklace with a number of rubies shaped like drops

Sari: Six yards of fabric wrapped into a dress by Indian women

Sass: Mother-in-law (Hindi language)

Shahi Korma: A mild, creamy curry made with mutton or lamb

Sherwani: A long, coat-like garment

Sitar: A plucked stringed instrument

State Council: The group of women who run Koyanagar

Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore was a famous Indian poet and musician

Water-wallah: A servant who carries fresh water

Uncle: A term used to show respect for a man older than yourself.

Vermillion: A brilliant red or scarlet pigment originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar. May be used for bindi (see above).

yira: The currency of Koyanagar