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Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 6, 2019

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’ve found several new words in THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar:

1. kusti – “He untied the Kusti from around his waist.”

A kusti is a cord worn around the waist by Parsees, consisting of seventy-two threads to represent the chapters of one of the portions of the Zend-Avesta.


2. bhoot – “‘What bhoot has gotten into you this evening.'”

A bhoot is a ghost in India.


3. chawl – “‘This is a chawl.'”

A chawl is a housing for working poor families in India.  Here’s an article about what it’s like to live in a chawl.  


What words do you want to celebrate today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2019 3:41 am

    New to me. I like Bhoot

  2. February 6, 2019 6:30 am

    That’s a fascinating group of words from a culture that I know nothing about. Was it a good book generally? I’ve read some other popular novels from India but haven’t heard of that one.

    best… mae at

  3. February 6, 2019 8:03 am

    Interesting words and ones I know I have never used!

  4. February 6, 2019 9:49 am

    No fair! I have a hard enough time with English words!

  5. February 6, 2019 10:25 am

    Can’t remember ever seeing these words before.

  6. February 6, 2019 12:55 pm

    Very interesting set of words today. I read the chawl article also. So sad,

  7. February 7, 2019 12:19 am

    All new-to-me words! Thank you for sharing some words from THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar, and the article about chawls.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    February 11, 2019 5:02 pm

    All new words to me but these words remind me that I need to pick up this book. I love Ms. Umrigar!

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