"Will I get frightened if you scare me with your open hair?"
Totally Filmi, who sent me this picture, and I were not certain this is truly paagal, since it’s very likely quite deliberately written this way and, at least based on what I’ve heard in films, relatively common Indian English. But we agreed that it didn’t make a ton of sense to us. 
UPDATE: We’ve learned so much about un-tied hair! A Tamil friend on twitter explained to us: “Addressed to a man it probably refers to Chanakya’s vow of not tieing up his hair until he’d defeated someone. A man with untied hair is shorthand for someone vowing revenge. The Brahmin who unties his topknot in anger is standard. Traditionally Brahmin men who wore the tuft only left it untied when performing death duties.” Thanks to MaithI for the education!
There’s also a good discussion with the reblogged photo on another tumblr here.
(Anniyan, 2005) 

"Will I get frightened if you scare me with your open hair?"

Totally Filmi, who sent me this picture, and I were not certain this is truly paagal, since it’s very likely quite deliberately written this way and, at least based on what I’ve heard in films, relatively common Indian English. But we agreed that it didn’t make a ton of sense to us. 

UPDATE: We’ve learned so much about un-tied hair! A Tamil friend on twitter explained to us: “Addressed to a man it probably refers to Chanakya’s vow of not tieing up his hair until he’d defeated someone. A man with untied hair is shorthand for someone vowing revenge. The Brahmin who unties his topknot in anger is standard. Traditionally Brahmin men who wore the tuft only left it untied when performing death duties.” Thanks to MaithI for the education!

There’s also a good discussion with the reblogged photo on another tumblr here.

(Anniyan, 2005) 

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