In south india, there are suitable terms to call elder cousins/neighbours/school mates, a little elder to us. But what about Hindi language? 'Bhayya' is the common term to call all elders whom we regard as brothers, but not all. Then how are elder cousins called?
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Bhayya literally means brothers...
But all our cousins are not our brothers....As we have discussed earlier, mama's son (if he is elder to us), we call 'Muracherukkan' (Means marriage can happen, though such practices are very rare nowadays).
In malayalam the word 'Chettan' (also pronounced as Ettan) literally means both Bhayya and Sayya....haha...so we can call any elders as Chettan or ettan.
In Tamil 'Annan' is used, we also use the same word in trivandrum side. this word definitely means 'elder Brother' (not used for younger ones).
- Sandhya Rani - 6 years ago
|Well, that is how cousins may be address in the south, but in North it is generic Bhaiya for all brothers and cousins and Bhaisahab for those are older than us. - Kalyani Nandurkar - 6 years ago|