Even if many bollywood movies show it, it’s not true. All the people in Mumbai do not speak Bambaiya hindi. What’s Bambiya Hindi? Well!! That’s a genuine question. Its what we mumbaiytes call tod marod hindi. Seen Munnabhai M. B. B. S. Remember Sanjay Dutt. Thats Bambaiya hindi. Yes it’s a part of our life. But we do speak normal hindi.
Mumbai is the capital of Maharahstra. Marathi is the official state language of Maharahstra. But it’s also true that hindi is the language of communication in Mumbai. So from Taxiwalla to hotelwala everybody breaks, modifies or just speaks in hindi. And from all this modification, breaking has evolved the Bambaiya hindi. A classic dialect with no known dictionary.
“Kya karela hai?” does not have to mean anything about Karela, the vegetable. It means, “What are you doing?”
Well actually Bambaiya hindi can be again subdivided into different dialects of its own. There English-hindi called hinglish like “That bugger really pakoeed me man” Or the marathi Hindi where marathi is freely mixed with hindi. “Maine uska bahut samjut kada par who samajtach nahi” or the gujrathi hindi “arre dene ka bhav bole ne?” Every sentence ends with ne?
Whatever the dialect, mumbaities have a strange way of communicating with each other. Knowingly or unknowingly this hindi has creeped into the way we mumbaiwala talk. I once told my superior “Sir, Teen computer mein virus ka lafda hai” He looked at me in disbelief. I thought he got shocked because of the number of computers. He looked at me “What language are you using, lafda vagera?”
But still we Mumbayites like to use Hindi the way we want to. There are no rules, no grammer. Just words trying to form sentences.
Though a very extensive language Mumbaiya Hindi has some commonly used terms as
Shanpati mat dikha means don’t show off
Hawa aane de means just get lots.
Deemag ka dahi banana means don’t bug me.
Vaat lag gayi means there is a problem
Paaka mat means don’t bore me.
Locha, lafda means problem
And a lot more of such gems are freely used in Mumbai.
Before I end one more thing. “Bhai” does not have to do anything with Raksha Bandan.