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Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
- krait: a snake even deadlier than a cobra
- Eid: Muslim feast after Ramadan (ends any period of fasting)
- Paan: Fresh betel leaf, spread thick sugary water with rose petals in it over it, lay a thin sheet of silver on the rose water. Sprinkle white powder and crushed flower petals and some colored crystals and mysterious-looking withered seeds over the leaf. Wrap the whole thing into a neat triangle, tuck in the edges.
- Bhai brother
- "I want to tear out his one eye and spit in its bloody socket."
- Allah-o-Akhbar: God is Great!
- Asaalam-o-Aleikum: a traditional greeting
- betel: a nut with red juice and narcotic properties.
- chadr: a cloth worn by women as a head cover
- chapati: a flat, round bread made out of whole wheat and water and cooked in a flat pan over an open fire
- ghazal: a poem sung to flute and drum music
- hookah: a tall pipe with a small brass bowl in which tobacco and raw sugar are burned. The smoke is drawn through the pipe into a long, flexible mothpiece.
- Hunteray: Giddyap to a camel
- jelabi: a pretzel-shaped, deep-fried sweet
- jelabi-wallah: jelabi maker
- kharin: a green desert plant with edible sweet red flowers
- maulvi: an Islamic priest
- nawab: a Muslim king of one of nearly 700 princely states that once formed part of what is now India and Pakistan
- pashmina: a fine wool used to make soft shawls
- pagh: a thorny desert plant that camels like to eat
- rupee: India/Pakistan currency.
- sahib:respectful title
- shatoosh: a shawl made of wool so fine it can pass through a lady's ring
- shenai: an oboelike musical instrument
- sito: a desert plant with a sweet, succulent root used as a source of water in a drought
- syed: an Islamic religious leader who can trace his lineage back to the prophet Mohammed
- toba: a freshwater pond that serves as a water supply for desert nomads