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Haveli (sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind)
by Suzanne Fisher Staples


Glossary
  • Allah-o-Akhbar: "God is great!"
  • Asalam-o-Aleikum: traditional Islamic greeting.
  • ayah: a maid who tends children
  • baithak: Gentlemen's sitting room
  • barsati: a room built over the roof of a house.
  • Basant: a festival of kites that celebrates spring.
  • begum (or begum-sahiba): respectful title for a woman, similar to "madam" in English.
  • beldar: public servant who tends a canal
  • bidi: cigarette made of tobacco and cloves
  • biryani: rice dish, either sweet or meat-flavored
  • bismillah: blessing that signifies a beginning
  • burka: sewn garment with a latticed opening for the eyes worn by Islamic women as a head and body cover
  • chadr: plain flat cloth worn by Islamic women as a head and body cover
  • chapati: flat, round bread made of whole wheat flour and water, cooked in a flat pan over an open fire.
  • charpoi: wooden cot with a platform of string
  • chowk: market street, one known for particular goods or services, such as jewelry, pharmaceuticals, cookware, etc.
  • churidar pajama: pants with a drawstring waist that hug the calves
  • crore: ten million
  • daachii: female camel
  • darzi: tailor
  • divali: Hindu festival of lights
  • dupatta: long scarf matching the shalwar kameez, worn over he head or around the neck
  • ghee: clarified butter
  • hakkim: herbal healer who uses mysticism in cures
  • haveli: three-story urban house owned by a noble family
  • hookah: a tall pipe with a brass bowl in which tobacco and raw sugar are burned.
  • hoopoe: brown, red, black and white crested birds common in India and Pakistan
  • imam: Islamic clergyman
  • insh'Allah: "God willing"
  • jelabee: pretzel-shaped, deep-fried sweet
  • ji: yes
  • kabob: cubes of meat roasted on a stick over a fire
  • kameez: fitted tunic worn over baggy trousers by both men and women
  • khar: desert shrub used as firewood; the ashes are used in soap
  • kharin: succulent desert plant with edible blooms that are sweet and peppery
  • kilim: woven, flat carpet
  • kinnu: native orange
  • kohl: eye makeup made of charcoal
  • Koran: the holy book of Islam
  • kulfi: sweet made of boiled milk
  • kumbi: mushroom
  • kurta: straight-cut, collarless shirt with long sleeves
  • lakh: one hundred thousand
  • lungi: cloth wrapped loosely around the body, usually worn by men
  • mahendi: part of the marriage ceremony in which the woman's hands are painted with henna
  • mali: gardener
  • masala: mixed curry spices
  • Mogul: Islamic invaders of the Indian subcontinent whose dynasty lasted from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries
  • muezzin: Islamic clerk who calls the faithful to prayer
  • nawab: former prince
  • nukkah: former wedding ceremony
  • pakora: fried meat or vegetable dumpling
  • Pathan: tribal family of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and Afghanistan
  • raga: instrumental song
  • roti: unleavened bread
  • rupee: Pakistani currency equal to roughly one-sixteenth of one U.S. dollar
  • saal: large tree of the Indian subcontinent
  • sahib: respectful title for a man, similar to "sir" in English
  • sahiba: respectful title for a woman, similar to "madam" in English
  • salaam: Greetings
  • sari: garment worn by women, consisting of a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body with one end wrapped over the shoulder or over the head.
  • shalwar kameez: fitted tunic and baggy drawstring trousers worn by both men and women
  • shamiyana: tent of primary-color fabrics pieced together in geometric designs, usually used for celebrations and political speeches
  • Shariat: body of Islamic law
  • shenai: oboe-like instrument
  • sherwani: men's knee-length dress coat, fitted at the waist and worn over baggy shalwar or tight fitting churidar pajama trousers.
  • shutr keena: "Camel vengeance" (death for dishonor)
  • sitar: stringed musical instrument
  • syed: religious figure, usually a community or tribal leader descended from the Holy Prophet Muhammad
  • tabla: small drum with an animal hide head
  • tikka: a patty or small roll of spiced meat
  • toba: water hole
  • tonga: horse-drawn wooden cart
  • wallah: owner, operator, or seller of goods or services
  • zamindar: landlord
  • zenanna: women's quarters