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He was talking a mile a minute
‚¢’¹x¢©ð ‡¯îo «uÂÌh-¹-ª½º©Õ „Ãœ¿-¹¢-©ðÂË «®¾Õh¢-šÇªá. „ÚËE Åç©Õ-®¾Õ-¹ע{Ö, „ÃšË “X¾§çÖ-’ÃEo ’¹«ÕE®¾Õh¢˜ä NŸÄu-ª½Õn© ¦µÇ³Ä-èÇcÊ¢ «%Cl´ Í碟¿Õ-ŌբC. ¨ „ê½¢ Æ©Ç¢šË ÂíEo expressionsÊÕ …ŸÄ-£¾Ç-ª½-º© ²Ä§ŒÕ¢Åî ¯äª½Õa-¹עŸÄ¢!


Krishnarao: Hi Madhavarao, you look very tired, why?(«ÖŸµ¿-«-ªÃ„þ.. ÍÃ©Ç Æ©-®Ï-¤ò-ªá-Ê{Õd ¹E-XÏ-®¾Õh-¯Ão«Û, ‡¢Ÿ¿Õ-¹E?)

Madhavarao: You can say that. The whole of last night I was awake. Hari was talking a mile a minute almost the whole of last night. He wouldn't let me sleep(ÊÕ«y-ÊoC E•„äÕ. ªÃ“ÅŒ¢Åà „äÕ©ïˆ¯ä …¯ÃoÊÕ. ŸÄŸÄX¾Û ªÃ“ÅŒ¢Åà £¾ÇJ ¯ÃÅî NÊ-œÄ-EÂË N®¾Õ’Ã_ …¢œä N†¾-§ŒÖ© ’¹ÕJ¢Íä «ÖšÇx-œ¿Õ-ÅŒÕ-¯Ãoœ¿Õ. ÊÊÕo E“Ÿ¿-¤ò-E-«y-©äŸ¿Õ).

Krishnarao: What was he talking about? (ŸäEo ’¹ÕJ¢* «ÖšÇx-œ¿Õ-ÅŒÕ-¯Ãoœ¿Õ?)

Madhavarao: He was spinning a yarn about his achievement in Dubai. You know, he had been in Dubai for about two years(Ÿ¿Õ¦Ç-ªá©ð ÅŒÊÕ ²ÄCµ¢-*Ê N•-§ŒÖ-©ÊÕ ’¹ÕJ¢* …ÊoO ©äEO *©-«©Õ X¾©-«-©Õ’à Íç¦Õ-ÅŒÖ¯ä …¯Ãoœ¿Õ ªÃ“ÅŒ¢ÅÃ. FÂ¹× Åç©Õ-®¾Õ’Ã, „Ãœ¿Õ Ÿ¿Õ¦Ç-ªá©ð ŸÄŸÄX¾Û 骢œä-@ÁÙx-¯Ãoœ¿Õ).

Krishnarao: Didn't he tell you how he held the fort as a very young man of just twenty two when his father was away in the states for a short visit? („Ã@Áx ¯ÃÊo Æ„çÕ-J-ÂÃÂ¹× ÂíCl-ªî-V-©-¤Ä{Õ „çRx-Ê-X¾Ûœ¿Õ ÅŒÊÕ ƒª½„çj 骢œä@Áx «§ŒÕ-®¾Õ-©ð¯ä, ƒ¢šË N†¾-§ŒÖ-©Fo ֮͌¾Õ-¹×Êo N†¾-§ŒÖ-©ÊÕ ’¹ÕJ¢* ÍçX¾p-©äŸÄ?)

Madhavarao: He did, but how do you know it? (Íç¤Äpœ¿Õ. ÂÃF Fé婂 Åç©Õ-®¾C?)

Krishnarao: That's his pet topic. He never lets go of a chance whenever he talks to some body(ÆC „ÃœËÂË ƒ†¾d-„çÕiÊ N†¾§ŒÕ¢. ƒÅŒ-ª½Õ-©Åî ‡X¾Ûp-œçj¯Ã «ÖšÇx-œä-{-X¾Ûœ¿Õ ŸÄEo ’¹ÕJ¢* ÍçæXp Æ«-ÂìÁ¢ «Ÿ¿-©œ¿Õ).

Madhavarao: It's really a strain to listen to him. But the guy is lucky you know. He won some lottery last year and he laughed all the way to the bank(ÆÅŒEo NÊœ¿¢ Âî¾h ¦ÇŸµä. ÂÃF „Ãœ¿Õ ÆŸ¿%-†¾d-«¢-Ō՜¿Õ. ÂË¢Ÿ¿-˜ä-œÄC \Ÿî ©Ç{K ÅŒTL ‚Ê¢-Ÿ¿¢’à …¯Ãoœ¿Õ.)

Krishnarao: He took me by surprise one day. He owed me some money and he suddenly walks in, repays the whole amount and says, let's call it quits. It is then that he told me about his luck (ŠÂ¹-ªîV ʯÃo-¬Áa-ª½u-X¾-J-ÍÃœ¿Õ. ¯ÃÂ툢Ō ÆX¾Ûp¯Ãoœ¿Õ. …Êo-{Õd¢œË «*a „çáÅŒh¢ ÆX¾Ûp Bêªa-¬Çœ¿Õ. Æ¢Åà BJ-¤ò-ªá¢-Ÿ¿E ÍçXÏp, ÅŒÊ ÆŸ¿%†¾d¢ ’¹ÕJ¢* Íç¤Äpœ¿Õ).

Madhavarao: But for his bragging, he is a nice guy(’íX¾p©Õ ÍçX¾Ûp-Âî-«œ¿¢ ÅŒXÏp¢* ÆÅŒÊÕ «Õ¢*-„Ãœä).

Notes:
1. Held the fort - past tense of hold the fort = take care of something in the absence of the person in charge of it(Æ®¾©Õ «uÂËh ©äÊ-X¾Ûœ¿Õ „ÃJ ¦ÇŸµ¿u-ÅŒÊÕ ƒ¢Âí-¹ª½Õ ÍäX¾-{dœ¿¢)
2. Pet topic = favourite topic («ÕÊ-ÂË-†¾d-„çÕiÊ N†¾§ŒÕ¢, ƒÅŒ-ª½Õ-©Â¹× N®¾Õ’Ã_ …¯Ão X¾šËd¢-ÍŒÕ-Âî-¹עœÄ «ÖšÇxœäC)
3. Call it quits = settle a debt or end a transaction (there are other meanings too) (ÆX¾Ûp-©Çx¢-šËN ÍçLx-¤ò-ªá¢-Ÿ¿E ÍçX¾pœ¿¢, ƒÅŒ-ª½-ªÃn©Õ Â¹ØœÄ …¯Ãoªá)


ƒO «uÂÌh-¹-ª½-º©Õ
Now look at the following expressions from the conversation above:
1. Hari was talking a mile a minute the whole of last night
2. He was spinning a yarn about his achievement in Dubai
3. ... laughed all the way to the bank

1. Talk a mile a minute = If someone talks a mile a minute, they talk for too long a time about the same subject, and bore the listeners(Šê N†¾-§ŒÕ¢åXj \¹-ŸµÄ-šË’à «ÖšÇx-œ¿ÕÅŒÖ ƒÅŒ-ª½Õ-©Â¹× N®¾Õ’¹Õ ÅçXÏp¢-ÍŒœ¿¢)

a) Asish: How did the session go yesterday? Did Prasad throw any new light on the topic?(EÊošË ®¾¦µ¼ ‡©Ç •J-T¢C? “X¾²ÄŸþ \„çÕi¯Ã ®¾¦µÇ¢-¬ÇEo ’¹ÕJ¢* ÂíÅŒh N†¾-§ŒÖ-©ä-„çÕi¯Ã Íç¤ÄpœÄ?)

Nagesh: It was big bore. Most of the time he was repeating himself. He talked a mile a minute more about his foreign tours than about the topic on hand (ÍÃ©Ç N®¾Õ-ê’-®Ï¢C. …X¾-¯Ãu-®¾¢©ð ÍéÇ-«Õ-{ÕÂ¹× ÍçXÏp¢Ÿä ÍçXÏp N®Ï-T¢-ÍÃœ¿Õ. “X¾®¾¢-’¹¢©ð ÍéÇ-æ®X¾Û ®¾¦µÇ¢¬Á¢ ¹¢˜ä ÅŒÊ NŸä-Q-§ŒÖ-“ÅŒ© ’¹ÕJ¢Íä ÆA’à «ÖšÇx-œÄœ¿Õ).

b) Karthik: You visited Varadaraju yesterday, didn't you? Did you find the conversation with him interesting? (EÊo ÊÕ«Ûy «ª½-Ÿ¿-ªÃV Ÿ¿’¹_-JÂË „ç@Çx«Û ¹ŸÄ? ÆÅŒ-EÅî ®¾¢¦µÇ-†¾º ‚®¾-ÂËh-¹-ª½¢-’Ã¯ä ²ÄT¢ŸÄ?)

Mallik: It was, of course. I found him quite interesting. Unlike what you had said, he did not talk a mile a minute about his performances abroad. He just answered some of my questions (¦Ç’à ‚®¾-ÂËh-¹-ª½¢’à …¢C. ÊÕ«Ûy ÍçXÏp-Ê{Õd ÂùעœÄ, NŸä-¬Ç©ðx ÅŒÊ “X¾Ÿ¿-ª½z-Ê© ’¹ÕJ¢* ÆA’à \¢ «ÖšÇx-œ¿-©äŸ¿Õ. ÆC ¹؜Ä, ¯Ã “X¾¬Áo-©Â¹× «Ö“ÅŒ„äÕ ®¾«Ö-ŸµÄÊ¢ Íç¤Äpœ¿Õ).

2. Spin a yarn = tell a lengthy story/ tell stories about one's achievements- most of the time, unbelievable (¹Ÿ±¿-©-©xœ¿¢/ ®¾ÕD-ª½`¢’à ʫÕt-©äE N†¾-§ŒÖ-©ÊÕ ÍçX¾pœ¿¢)

a) Vinai: Where were you last evening? I tried to get you a number of times, but could not(ÊÕ„çy-¹ˆ-œ¿Õ-¯Ão„þ EÊo ²Ä§ŒÕ¢“ÅŒ¢? EÊÕo ¹©-„Ã-©E ÍéÇ-²Äª½Õx “X¾§ŒÕÅŒo¢ Íä¬ÇÊÕ. ÂÃF Í䧌Õ-©ä-¹-¤ò§ŒÖ).

Sanjai: I was with Tarun, and sat the whole evening listening as he was spinning a yarn about his childhood achievement. Though I did not believe much of it, it was entertaining (¯äÊÕ ÅŒª½Õºý Ÿ¿’¹_-ª½Õ¯Ão. „Ãœ¿Õ ÅŒÊÕ *Êo-X¾Ûœ¿Õ ²ÄCµ¢-*-Ê-„Ã-šËE ’¹ÕJ¢* …ÊoO ©äEO Íç¦Õ-Ōբ˜ä N¢{Ö«Û¯Ão. „Ãœ¿Õ ÍçXÏp¢C Ê«Õt-¹-¤ò-ªá¯Ã, ÆC N¯î-Ÿ¿¢’à …¢C, N®¾-T¢-ÍŒ-¹עœÄ).

b) Tapasvi: You know once in my childhood. (ŠÂ¹-²ÄJ, ¯Ã *Êo-ÅŒ-Ê¢©ð..)

Karuna: Ok, ok, stop it, please. Don't spin a yarn about your outsmarting your teacher when she wanted you to do something and how you dodged it(®¾êª, ®¾êª, ƒÂ¹ ‚X¾Û Ÿ¿§ŒÕ-Íä®Ï. OÕ šÌÍŒªý EÊÕo \Ÿî Í䧌Õ-«Õ¢˜ä, ÊÕ«Ûy OÕ šÌÍŒ-ªýÊÕ ‡©Ç ¦ð©Çh ÂíšËd¢-*-Ê-ŸÄE ’¹ÕJ¢<Ð *«-ª½Â¹× ‡©Ç ÅŒXÏp¢-ÍŒÕ-¹×Êo N†¾§ŒÕ¢ ’¹ÕJ¢< ¹Ÿ±¿-©-©x¹×).

3. Laugh all the way to the bank = to be pleased about some unexpected gain of money/ gaining more money than expected(ÆÊÕ-Âî-¹עœÄ «*aÊ œ¿¦ÕsÅî ®¾¢Åî-†¾¢’à …¢œ¿œ¿¢/ ÆÊÕ-¹×Êo ŸÄE-¹¢˜ä ‡Â¹×ˆ« œ¿¦Õs «*a-Ê¢-Ÿ¿ÕÂ¹× ®¾¢Åî-†¾-X¾-œ¿œ¿¢)

a) Hanuman: Why don't we help Murali financially? Last time when I met him, he was badly in need of money («áª½-RÂË «ÕÊ¢ ‚Jn-¹¢’à ‡¢Ÿ¿ÕÂ¹× ²Ä§ŒÕ¢ Í䧌Õ¹؜¿Ÿ¿Õ? “ÂËÅŒ¢-²ÄJ ¯äÊÕ ÆÅŒEo ¹L-®Ï-Ê-X¾Ûœ¿Õ B“«-„çÕiÊ ‚Jn¹ ƒ¦s¢-Ÿ¿Õ©ðx …¯Ãoœ¿Õ).

Vasu: Don't you know? He doesn't need anybody's help anymore. He's got a fat lot of money his late aunt left him. Now he is laughing all the way to t he bank(FÂ¹× ÅçMŸÄ? ÆÅŒEÂË ƒÂ¹åXj ‡«J ²Ä§ŒÕ«â ƹˆ-êªxŸ¿Õ. ÅŒÊ ÍŒE-¤ò-ªáÊ ÆÅŒh ŸÄyªÃ ÆÅŒ-EÂË åXŸ¿l-„çá-ÅŒh¢©ð œ¿¦Õs ®¾¢“¹-NÕ¢-*¢C. ÆÅŒÊÕ ÍÃ©Ç ‚Ê¢-Ÿ¿¢’à …¯Ãoœ¿Õ).

b) Chalapathi: You must be laughing all the way to the bank. I heard that you earned a fortune in your business (ÍÃ©Ç ‚Ê¢-Ÿ¿¢’à …¢œ¿Õ¢-šÇ«Û ¹ŸÄ ÊÕ«Ûy. F „Ãu¤Ä-ª½¢©ð ¦Ç’à ®¾¢¤Ä-C¢-ÍÃ-«E N¯Ão-¯äoÊÕ).

Basavaiah: Why? It is not easy money I have got. Every paisa of it is a drop of my sweat (‡¢Ÿ¿Õ¹×? œ¿¦Õs ¯Ã¹¢ÅŒ ÅäL-¹’à Ÿíª½-¹-©äŸä. “X¾B åXj²Ä ¯äÊÕ Íç«Õ-šðœËa ®¾¢¤Ä-C¢-ÍÃÊÕ).

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