Thursday, August 16, 2007

Titles, Nicknames and Suffixes

This post comes after a long hiatus and it has been triggered by the comments of appreciation i continue to receive from my Alig brothers. So, here goes the caravan of memories, alive, once again.

This post is dedicated to all those aligarians who took immense pleasure and interest in naming people. Not because the people given new names or titles has unusual names which were tough to spell or pronounce. It was merely for the love and fun of it.

The logic behind this 'Nomenclature Theory' was based on the following three parameters :)
  • The person's appearance
  • His/Her habits and mannerisms
  • His/her dislikes and objects of disgust

At times, these names were given to identify different people with a single name, for example, there were many people who had the name "Salman" and three differnet people with this name were named as Salman Topi, Salman Ghoda and Salman Maulana. Some people didn't mind these titles and took them in lighter vein while a few went berserk if anybody even used "that" word in their presence.

To name a few titles which are impossible to forget, I would like to mention the likes of Papa Miyan, Aalia Dada, Nafees Bakra, Kamaal Anda and Mulla churri. No one was spared from this activity. These names and titles were given to everyone including Vice-chancellors, Proctors, Provosts, Wardens, Professors, Readers and Lectureres. Friends, Seniors and classmates were the easiest targets.

Some other titles and suffixes which are on top of my list are: Katta, Mouzer, Comrade, Choori, Lamba, Naata, Ganja, Bura, Goraa, XYZ ka driver, Pilot, Bakra, Ghoda, Totaa, Chhila aalu, Qawwaal, Nautanki, Anaconda, Godzilla, Hitler... This list can be a long one if I press too hard on my memory.

I would also like to share an anecdote here which i heard from some of my seniors. Once a famous professor went to a grocery shop. While he was buying a few things, a girl stepped into the shop and asked, "Andey hain?" The shopkeeper replied, "Nahee!" To this, the girl responded, "Kamaal Hai, Andey nahee?" :) I am sure some of you could get the point she wanted to make.

Hope you can recall the Anda, Bakra or Aaloo of your time :)

~ Qais


Blogger Jawaid Badauni said...

It surprises me why you have not included the name of "Aligarhnetwork" which is being moderated by me now,in your list of related links.

Going down the memory lane, it reminds me they used to call me "PeRa" in AMU; not only because I belonged to Badaun which was well-known for this sweet but also because I was myself very sweetthose days(ha ha ha). As you Know Qais, I am an Urdu poet. I had composed a "Qita" for MuKhtar GhoRa Saaheb (the then my proctor) which was as follows:

DiloN pe unka kuchh is darja Khhauf taari tha

Ke unke nam se bigRhe hoe sudharte thE

Yeh aur baat ke nickname unka tha “goRha”

Samajh ke “ sher” magar log unse darte thE

Jawaid Badauni

Friday, August 17, 2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Qais said...

Jawaid sb, Salam alaikum

Shukria for leaving the comment and honoring my blog with your Qita on this subject.

i will surely add a link to Aligarh Network yahoogroup from my blog.

Thanks again!

Sunday, August 19, 2007 9:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asak Qais,

Nice to see u back alive...:)

I think u missed out the ones used in MM hall in the 90's. Some of the famous ones were: Lota, Tirri & Kaoowa

Continue blogging!

Javed F. Husain

Saturday, August 25, 2007 2:50:00 AM  
Blogger Faraz Izhar said...

Qais, ASAK.
hope all is good at ur end..
long time, no posts??
i keep checking the blog back every now and then.. i enjoy ur posts to the max and am really looking forward to the new ones.

Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Qais said...

Dear Faraz sb, walekum salam

Thanks so much for the kind words. MashaAllah, things are good.
For not writing anything fo so long, the excuse remains:

Fikr-e-duniya mein sar khapata hun
Maen kahan aur ye wabaal kahan

Your comment has definitely motivated me to post something new and interesting about our beloved Alma mater.

Would appreciate if you drop a line at so that I can inform you whenever I write something new :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2008 8:33:00 PM  
Blogger Zaeem said...

Dear Qais Sahab ASAK
Really you took us back to Aligarh.
I visit your blog on Aligarh Numaish as well and I must congratulate you to describe the numaish in such a way that you feel for a moment that you are in Numaish.
Keep up the good work.

Zaeem Anwar

Monday, February 18, 2008 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salam qais bhai kaise ho,
aligarh yaad aa gaya,
aur halwa partha bi yaad aa gaya,
wo numaish ka crowd wo halki halki sardi wah kya kahna.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger shariq said...

i may or may not write this but we are missing a very sweet comment"katto" in shamshaad markets and amirnishan .

Monday, March 10, 2008 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous syed fahar ali said...

Mujhe badhi khushi hui namon ke baare mein padh kar magar QAIS miyan university ki asli shuruat Minto Circle aur City School se hi hoti. School teachers ke naam toh aur bhi zabardast hote hain jaise Afzal 'Samosa', Akbar 'Donga', 'Kucchu', 'Polu', 'Sapodha', Rashid 'Padda', Naseer 'Tie' haan... ek aur shaks hua karte they jinke peeth tak lambe baal thhey magar log unhe Yameen 'Ganja' kaha karte thhey

Friday, August 22, 2008 3:02:00 AM  
Blogger sadaat said...

would like to throw some light on a very famous nickname in engg college upto the best of my knowledge!.. Apne pyare ustad Arif Siddiqui sb.. unka naam Maulana Tin Tin..Dastaan kuch youn ke, bolte hue jab apni dhun mein hote the to har alfaz ki shururaat alfaaz "T" se sunayi deti thi... Yeh assigment tin tin ne tiya aur tin tin ne nai tiya... Hence named as Maulana Tin Tin..Such a simple soul... shervani, cycle......,

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 3:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful memories, I would like to add bhokaal, conductor, helmet, frusto, terror and ganda. These were some of the names we also used to address our beloved. Rasiya was another one.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:52:00 AM  
Blogger khanazam said...

ha ha ha....... sir nowadays a new title is very famous nd it is JKKD (JINDAGI KALI KR DI) this is used for a person who keep on bullying others...

Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous asif said...

NAFEES BAKRA ..hahaha.he used to be so angry with students ,no wonder.
we were very cruel ..but...ha ha ha

Friday, November 04, 2011 10:36:00 PM  

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