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8 Famous Indian Proverbs
“Whoever owns the lathi (a huge cane/stick) owns the buffalo”
Note : English equivalent: Might is right
“One’s mother and homeland are greater than even heaven.”
Note : Source: Ramayana (when Ravana’s brother Bibhisan asks Rama to take charge of Lanka after defeating Ravana, Rama says the above words, indicating his willingess to return to his own kingdom)
“Beware of the insider, for he can bring down the biggest setup”
Meaning – The insider who knows all the secrets can bring down Lanka (a very prosperous city in Hindu mythology)
Note : Source: Sanjay Chadha (2004). Mantras Of Success.
“What does a monkey know of the taste of ginger?”
Meaning – Someone who can’t understand can’t appreciate (or) Someone without refined tastes cannot appreciate a fine thing
Note : English equivalent: Laying pearls before swine.
“A single blow of a blacksmith is equal to a hundred blows of a goldsmith.”
Note : Source: John Christian (1891). Behar proverbs. K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & co., limited. p. 131.
“(If) there’s life, then there’s the world.”
Meaning – Only if you are alive, things matter.
Note : Source: Viharilala Mitra (1998). The Yoga-Vasitha of Valmiki. Parimal Publications. p. 294.
“Who saw a peacock dance in the woods?”
Meaning – Even a very good thing will have to be made public, to be acclaimed by people.
Note : Source: India Today Volume 25. Thomson Living Media India Ltd.. 2000. p. viii.
“What is the use of crying when the birds ate the whole farm? (or) There is no use crying over something that has already finished/happened.”
Note : Source: Shyam Bahadur Varma, ed (2006). Encyclopaedia of Quotations. Prabhat Prakashan
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