Bangalore is one of the hottest places to be if you’re an achievement-oriented person that likes to party. It’s got the perfect balance between industry, software and pub-life. That’s why hundreds of thousands of people move to Bangalore for their cool culture and off-beat party scenes.
But there’s one thing that everyone must know before coming to the city. That’s the slangs. While many of them are based in Kannada, one must learn them all in order to blend in better. Even if you’re travelling for work and you happen to wind up at a local party, you want to blend in better and show-off your slang knowledge. Here’s a few of them to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in the wonderful city of Bangalore.
1. Macha (Bro)
Macha literally translates to ‘brother-in-law’, but it’s a term used affectionately to call someone a bro. Just like you’d call a good friend brother/bro/brosef, you call someone Macha if you’re friends with them. You can enter any of the good restaurants in Bangalore, and you’ll find someone calling out ‘Macha’ to get someone’s attention. In fact, even at a luxury hotel like The LaLiT Ashok Bangalore, you’ll find cricket enthusiasts grabbing a cold one with their ‘Macha’. It’s at the top in the list of hotels in Bangalore, and the bar makes everyone sitting there a ‘Macha’ of each other.
2. Bombat (Awesome)
Bombat is another term of endearment, used when someone really likes something, and it blew their minds. It means that something is so uber-cool that it was Bombat. It’s often used to describe a movie or a song that someone heard. In fact, if you’re heading over to a Bombat bar with a bunch of office colleagues, you’re going a great job. Bombat is also spoken with an emphasis on ‘Bom’. The more the emphasis on the first half, the more Bombat the experience was.
3. “It Seems” (Colloquial)
Bangalorians love using the phrase “it seems” at the end of their sentences. They’re using it not out of suspicion or doubt, but as a phrase that’s casual. They add it to the end of everything they say, when they’re trying to make a point too. When they say, “Bangalore is the best city it seems”, they really mean it.
4. Topi (Con)
This one gets a bit complicated, but important to know nonetheless. Topi means conning someone or someone getting stuck in a scam. This is sometimes also affectionately used to describe a prank that a friend might play on someone or a gag they executed. When you hear the word “topi” if you’re hanging out with new friends and you’re going to an unknown location, you should have your guards up. Otherwise, you can laugh along when someone puts a ‘Topi’ on someone.