parvatii (parvatii) wrote in linguaphiles,

Good day to all of you!

Is there anyone who could help me with a Hindi word with a perso- background? I am translating Bhisham Sahni's "The train has reached Amritsar" from Hindi into German. On the very first pages the story tells about some Pathan businessmen in a train compartment. They talk to a very thin Babu, make fun of him and adress him with the word "zaalim". I have an English translation of the story but the word "zaalim" has not been translated. Is there a special meaning to the word or is it just something like "bhaiiya" or "yaar"?

Thank you :)

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