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Bhai-Ben?A Hindu word to explain.

 
 
Nancy88
 
Reply Sun 3 Apr, 2011 07:38 am
“Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember everyone’s names. That’s the beauty of the Indian clan. You can just call everyone Auntie-Uncle, Bhai-Ben.” Priya gives a hearty laugh.

I read across this sentence in a novel written by a Indian-Canadian. What does the word Bhai-Ben mena here?
 
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Reply Sun 3 Apr, 2011 07:43 am
people add suffixes to their names based on their gender. "Bhai/kumar/lal" (brother) for men and "Ben/Bahen" (sister) for woman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_name
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 03:55 am
@Nancy88,
Bhai = Brother
Ben/Behen = Sister

These are Hindi words, Nancy. It's common practice in India to call strangers by those common nouns.

For example: If a man visits a general store to buy a packet of cigarettes, he is quite likely to begin his conversation with the shopkeeper something like this:

"Bhai, got a cigarette pack?"
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