Tatol and Tatoli

Posted on October 4, 2010
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Humor, People, Sports
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Owais Mughal

While driving back from work tonight, I took a trip down the memory lane. The trip took me back 24 years where I saw a guy named Iftikhar and it made me laugh out loud. Iftikhar was the muffakir (intellectual) and the mascot of our street cricket team. He was especially gifted in coming up with on-the-spot terminologies and one such master piece creation was the word tatoli.

This word does not exist in any language but those who understand Urdu can relate to it from the word tatol. Therefore simply put, a cricketer who fumbles (tatol) a lot is called a tatoli. To understand the concept more see this 29 second video clip.

For those who still didn’t get it, you can imagine a person in a dark room. May be close your eyes to imagine this situation and then open them after 5 seconds so that you can read this post further. If this person has to move in a dark room from one corner to the other then how will he do that? He will of-course do that by fumbling (tatol tatol kar) with the articles in the room with his hands. I hope now you understand the meaning of word tatol.

In Iftikhar’s cricket terminology a tatoli was the person who habitually tatoled. Just like Rana Naved does in the video clip above. He is doing a classical tatol tatol kar fielding karna.

Good old days!

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12 responses to “Tatol and Tatoli

  1. Aziz says:


    Washmally was an alias for a person who used the sing the Baluchi song Vash Malle all the time. That name is still stuck with him after 25 years :)

    Naan Haleem, “Actually Spring” reminded me of one such guy in our mohalla also. He had same characteristics but we called him Maindak. Well, I don’t need to explain why :)

  2. Naan Haleem says:

    Well if we are talking about the aliases here then I had another friend in the same school whom we first used to call ‘Chawanni’ (25 paisa coin) for him being smaller in hight yet wobbling everywhere (in every group of the class). Later on, some class fellows named him “Actually Spring”. This name was given for his habit of springing up to ask questions each time when the class was getting bored of long lecture and his frequent use of the word ‘Actually’. But the name which brought him fame was “Phadda” (contention) on account of his habit of arguing in every issue and making simple things look complex. This was a unanimously decided, widely communicated and frequently used alias. Even today after 16 years of leaving school, he is remembered as ‘Phadda’ :-) Now he is a successful chemical engineer in a large industry near Lahore.

  3. Owais Mughal says:

    Sajjad. yes ‘bater pakarna’ was a very common term too :) I guess couple of ‘choroo’ were common in every street. In ours these guys were called BBC or Radio :)

  4. Sajjad Junaidi says:

    Owais, there was always a Chamiya in every mohalla. We used to have two chooro so one of them was called chooro and the other one was ‘Daily’ (as in daily newspaper). I was called lamboo. I did not mind my name at all. My friends still call me lamboo.
    And what about that ball catching style? Abay Batair pakar raha hai kya?

  5. Owais Mughal says:

    Aziz, yes I too remember ‘murghi pakar raha hai’ terminology :) that was a common one.

    I also enjoyed reading about ‘washmallay’ as a name :) What was the background on that one?

    My name was ‘athanni’ (50 paisa coin). Reason were my round glasses. They were absolutely perfectly rounded – fashion tha bhuee – and to some ‘dil jalaa’ in our cricket team they looked like two 50- paisa coins placed on my eyes. Bus os din se naam ‘athanni chashme’ paR gaya :) :) I always wondered how can a transparent thing reminded somebody of 50 paisa coins – but no logic worked. naam parNa tha so paR gaya and I’ve always laughed about it.

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