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“Hitting your foot with an axe”

Main piece: Apne aap pe kulhadi maarna “Hitting your foot with an axe”   Background information (Why does the informant know or like this piece? Where or who did they learn it from? What does it mean to them?): Informant is an international student from India. Her grandmother first taught her but everyone uses it […]

Chanda Mama

Original Text: “Chanda Mama Door Ke Puye Pakaye Bhur Ke Aap Kaye Taali Mein Mune Ko De Pyali Mein” (Hindi) Direct Translation:  Uncle moon from far away Is making Puye (dessert) with sugar You eat in a plate and give the little child a little plate Background: This is a lullaby that the informant remembers […]

Ungus, Bungus, Tipopi

Context: The informant is a grandmother of 8 whose parents were originally from Afghanistan but settled in Pakistan. She also lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and has a working knowledge of Farsi, Arabic, and Punjabi along with her native Urdu. This story is a popular one among her grandchildren; here it is transcribed in […]