Tatol and Tatoli

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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