"चाँद मेरा मामा है।"

Translation:The moon is my uncle.

August 8, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

Beg pardon?

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vinay92

In India, when talking to young children, the moon is usually personified as an uncle. (More accurately maternal uncle. Your मामा is your mother's brother.)

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

Oh, that's rather sweet. I think the moon's characterised as female in most western cultures.

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/emrys29

It's characterised as female in most Bollywood songs as well as Urdu/Hindi poetry.
That's why it's quite funny. On one side we have चंदा मामा and on another we have चाँद सी महबूबा.

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nina427848

चाँद is always masculine in Hindi/Urdu चाँद सी महबूबा = luminous/glowing like the moon. It is her quality that is compared; not her entire being.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

Similarly there's 'the man in the moon' alongside Diana the moon goddess.

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TuhinaRoy

There are even hindi rhymes and poems we Indians are taught as kids, referring to the moon as 'mama' (uncle).

November 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sninguistics

Omg this reminds me of two things from my childhood.

  1. Chandamama Magazine! I loved it so much, I used to get it whenever I could. But one day the shops just stopped stocking them and I have no clue what happened to it. =(

  2. Chandamama door ke, puye pakaen boor ke in my L2 Hindi textbook back in primary with the teacher bringing a cassette player and playing Asha Bhosle's rendition of it. I really didn't like that class but it was always a good time when the teachers brought out the electronics.

December 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lupinelydia

channa mereya starts playing in the background

January 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PranavTheOwl

A moment of silence for the non-Indians who don't get this reference.

October 20, 2018
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