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    Question What is meaning of "kholi?

    Dear Teachers,
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    A mother is devastated, she is howling with pain, yelling all she can in that dark and dingy corner of her four by four kholi. There was nobody to hear her yell and not a soul to pacify her, because outside her shack is a long winding lonely road.
    I do not know meaning of 'kholi'. Help explain it, please. Thanks.

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    From the context, I assume it means the same as 'shack' in the next sentence, but it's not not a word I have seen and it's not in my dictionaries. Which country is this text set in?

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    Thank Administrator Tdol very much for your kind reply! I don't know which country it is. But you can see this link: Another man's folly

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Thank Administrator Tdol very much for your kind reply! I don't know which country it is. But you can see this link: Another man's folly
    The two names used in the short story (Radha and Aryan) are both Indian names of Hindu origin.

    I couldn't find the word listed online either, though there are plenty of listings for kohli instead!

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    Define: 'Kholi'
    Choli (Χόλη) is a village in the Paphos District of Cyprus, located 7 km south of Polis Chrysochous.

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grammar_Nazi View Post
    Define: 'Kholi'
    Choli (Χόλη) is a village in the Paphos District of Cyprus, located 7 km south of Polis Chrysochous.
    Is it four by four with dingy corners?

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    The closest I got searching for 'kholi' and 'India' was the Koli community:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolis

    There's also a 'koli dress' worn by women in the community, and I suppose if it's a big wrap-around dress, 4' by 4' and, er ... Nah, falls apart on that dark and dingy corner. Oh well, I tried!

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    खोली (kholi) means 'opened' in Hindi.
    Maybe it's a one of those three-walled shops.
    Anyhow, I'm sure one of our Indian friends could help.

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    Re: What is meaning of "kholi?

    Because Indian consonant systems are so rich in comparison with ours, H is often used in transliterations - often inconsistently. I recently came across a paragraph in which 'Ghandi', 'Gandhi', and 'Ghandhi' all appeared within a few lines - and this was in a coursebook for an Open University course about language (a pretty literate typo!)

    Someone'll know - we just have to wait...

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