by Padmini Jha
Among the various languages in Nepal, Maithili is one of the languages which is mostly spoken in the Terai Region of the country. Maithili language and Maithili culture are unique and carry with them their own explicit values and customs. Besides that Maithili language is rich in its proverbs which are nowadays less in use and are in the way of annihilation with the mounting urbanization and modernization of the Maithili community. Thus to reiterate the essence of those proverbs, I am going to present some of the legendary proverbs in Maithili through this piece of work.
1. Apan haath jagarnath – God helps those who help themselves.
2. Gharke bhedi Lanka daahey – A spy in a house can burn the house.
3. Khaaike sasri, Maarike pasri – Lie down after a good meal and run away after you thrash somebody.
4. Kachiya san sojh – Straight as Sickle.
5. Paisa Na kaudi, chitaang ho Ge Chaudi (girl) – Asking a girl to lie down without a penny in your pocket. It refers to a person who wishes to buy things without having money.
6. Dhaanak khet me kurthi aa kurthi khet me dhaan – Planting Kurthi in the rice field and vice versa. It refers to something done wrong.
7. Kehan kehan ghodi bhaashal jaye aa narghodi kahe kattey paain – Strong big horses are being flown with river, why to talk about small ones. It means that when smart ones could not do this so you should not even ask for it.
8. Kauwaa saraapne gaai marey – A cow doesn’t die because of crow’s wish. It means that a negative wish is contemptible and doesn’t come true.
9. Budh suga paush maaney – An old parrot can never get tamed. (Too old to learn new tricks)
10. Maradak baat haathike daant je niklal se niklal – The word of a man, like the tusk of an elephant, can never be withdrawn.
11. Murga nai bolihai ta bhor Na hoyihai – If the cock doesn’t crow, will there be no dawn? ( No one is indispensible)
12. Jennai chale musharni tannai chalai musahar – Wherever Musharni goes, musahar follows. It refers to a man who follows his wife. This character doesn’t suit to manliness and hence is subject of joke.
13. Ek baaput dal, sab baaput chal – One member of the family is invited and all other members of the family are going to the party.
14. Oochhe na puchhey mor naam suhaagin – To be happy without being greeted or asked. It is generally used for a person who without any notice or invitation is happy and willing to share his/her happiness.
15. Sikkey unaaitke aagaamey khasnai – To get more than expected by chance.