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Shayesta
03-11-2010, 07:12 PM
Any matal (saying) in Pukhto you know of? Please share!

samoon
03-15-2010, 05:10 AM
* Wherever he is "welcome", the beggar passes the night
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A man's home is where he finds his livelihood, or daily "morsel" as the natives say
* If the beggar would not wander in another's courtyard, the dog would not have designs against him
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That is, if a man minds his own business only, none will interfere with him. We have a saying, "Sit in your place, and none can make you rise." The Pashto couplet is, I am told, from Abdul Hamid.
* Though dogs fight amongst themselves, still they are at one against the beggar man.
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This is literally true; and if we may regard Bannuchis, forty years ago, as dogs, and Wazirs as beggars, though certainly rather aggressive ones, it would apply to them also, for Bannuchis were never at peace amongst themselves except when fighting their common enemy, the Wazirs
* Food obtained through begging is licking the blood of the nose
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Meaning that begging is a low business
* To the devil with a brother, who asks a loan from "dums"
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The dum is a minstrel and jack of all trades. In most villages one or more are to be found, maintained at the expense of the community, as village servants. Native gentlemen also generally have one or two in their service.
* One dog was licking a hand-mill, another was licking himself
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Said of a beggar who begs from a man as needy as himself
* If you have, eat; If you have not, die
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We have cold hard un-sympathizing philosophy here. Let a man enjoy what he has, while may; and when the day of adversity comes, let him bear it without murmuring, not stoop to cringe and beg. Who would help him if he did?
* A Pathan begs not; if he do, well, he'll beg from his sister.
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Means that if he beg at all he will have no shame
* A hardened beggar is worse than a creditor
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That is, he is more importunate than a creditor
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