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18:02 Feb 22, 2008
Hindi to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - History / The History of the Maharajas
Hindi term or phrase:"khidki"
I'm translating a book about the Automobiles of the Marahaja from English into Italian (so I don't speak Hindi!). The phrase I have problem with is speaking of Rani Renuka Roy Chowdhury who spent her childhood years in the Andar Mahal (women’s quarters) of her grandfather’s palatial haveli (mansion) in Calcutta. She relates how the women travelled to bathe in the River Ganges. So she says that every house had two gate: a "sadar" gate for men and a "khidki" gate for women. The question is what is the exact meaning of the word KHIDKI?
Here in this particular context is an small, private (not general) gate. In muslim houses there used to be the Zanan khana, or ladies' quarter. They have access to a private gate. But in Urdu, nowhere Khidki has been used for gates.
Of course, in Bengali, Marathi and other languages we find this word. The famous Maratha fort in Pune, The Shaniwar wada has many gates. One of them is Khidki Darwaja (a gate with an armored window in it).