Kannada Gadegalu (Kannada Proverbs)

ADDA GODEYA MELE DEEPA ITTA HAGE
It is like a placing a lamp atop a partitioning wall
This is said for people who do not take sides but try meddling in the middle.
  
ADALLA DASAPPA ANDRE GUDI MUNDE TING ANDIDNANTE
“Hey beggar that’s not “ the right way but still he went ahead and asked for alms in front of a temple.

ADIKEGE HODA MAANA AANE KOTRU BAROLLA  
The reputation lost for a betel nut cannot be regained by donating an elephant

AJJIGE ARIVE CHINTE MAGALAIGE MADUVEYA CHINTE  
Grandma is worried about a piece of cloth to wear the daughter is worried about her marriage
This is said about youngsters who are irresponsible to their parents

AKKI MELE AASE NENTARA MELE PREETI 
 Love for rice and love for relative don’t go hand in hand
One cannot have the cake and eat it tooo

AMBAALI KUDIYOVANIGE MEESE TIKKUVANOBBA  
For one who drinks there is another trimming his moustache
This is said to people who live beyond their means

ANTU INTU KUNTI MAKKALIGE YENDU RAAJYAVILLA After this that another the sons of kunti did not rule
This proverb is reserved for unlucky ones who never make it however much they struggle
The pandavas sons of kunti spent their childhood in youth in exile after they finally won the great
Battle of mahabharatha there was nothing to rule but a ghost kingdom.

ATTEGONDHU KAALA ADHRE SOSEGONDHU KAALA  
If there is a time for mother in law then there would be a day for daughter in law
The proverb is similar to “every dog has his day” However the image of mother in law who ruled the roost in joint families with a vengeance to make up for the indignities suffered during her daughter in law days in evident here.

AASE DHUKKAKKE MOOLA  
The source of sorrow is greed.

BEKKU KANNU MUCHIKONDU HAALU KUDIDANTHEY 
It is like a cat drinking milk with closed eyes
Others can see your misdeed even if you look the otherway

BELINEY YEDDU HOLA MEDHRE HEGE?
The fence itself graced through the field
A fence is supposed to stop cattle from grazing, what if the fence itself is a culprit?
This proverb come from scepticism of those who break laws they are supposed to uphold..

BHANGI DEVARIGE HENDAAGU DUKA PUJAARI
For the god who is on dope needs a priest who is drunk
The underlings are usually a quite match for the rogues in power who they serve.

CHELIGE PAARAPATHYA KOTTA HAAGE
It is like giving authority to a scorpion
Meaning the wrong people get the authority

CHINTE ILLADAVANIGE SANTEYALLU NIDDE
A man without worries can sleep even in a market place

DEVARU VARA KOTTARU POOJARI VARA KODALILLA
Even if the god graces the poojari never
This is a dig at the underlings who are worse than the bureaucrats they serve.

DHARMAKKE DATTI KOTTARE HITTALIGE HOGI MOLA HAAKIDARU
When a cloth is given in charity it was measured in the back yard
Similar to looking a gifted horse in the mouth
In tamil daanam kudutha maate palle enni paarthanam

ETTU ERIGELLEYITTU KONA NLRIGELEYEITTU
The ox pulled to the shore the buffalo to the water
This is to have two different species pulling a cart without co ordination

ETTU EYITU ANDARE KOTTIGEGE KATTU ANDARANTHEY
“ the ox has delivered” tie up the calf in the pen
Now this is for people who agree to everything without reasoning

GANDA HENDIRA JAGALA UNDU MALAGO THANAKA
The quarrel between a husband and wife is only until they go to bed.
Disagreement between people who love does not last even that night

GANESHANANNU MADALU HOGI AVARA APPANNA MAADIDARANTHEY
Trying to make an idol of ganesha ended up making that of his father
A warning to the meddlers in life

GEDDETTINA BAALA HIDIGA HAAGE
It like holding a winning ox
Meaning the success has many fathers but failure is an orphan

GIDAVAAGI BAGGADU MARAVAAGI BAGGITHEY?
If it does not bend as a sapling will it when it is a tree?
Trouble makers have no age.

GUBBI MELE BRAMHASTHRA
A brahmastra on a sparrow?
This is said of actions beyond proportions taken on helpless people.

HALLIDDHAGA KADLE ILLA KADLE IDDHAGA HALLILLA
There were no nuts when one had teeth now there are no teeth when one has plenty peanuts...
Munching nuts is a sign of prosperity, it is frustrating that one is poor in youth and rich when the faculties to enjoy are gone with age...



HODHYA GAVAAKSHI ANDHRE BANDE PISHAACHI
Just when you thought a burning issue was resolved in comes the issue with another form


 HALURIGE ULIDHAVANE GOUDA
One remaining in a ruined village is its chairman
A dig at people who are in power at a weak institution.

HANIGUDIDARE HALLA TENEGUDIDARE BATHA
Drops join to make a stream ears combine to make a crop
i.e: little drops of water make a mighty ocean

HADIDDE HADO KISUBAYI DASA
Sing the same song repeatedly a grin mouthed beggar
A rude putdown of those who keep repeating the same argument

HASIGE IDDASHTU KAALU CHACHU
Stretch your legs as far as the bed is
This is a warning to live within one’s means.

HIRAYANNANA CHALI MANE MANDIGELLA
The elder brother’s habits are for all in the family
The underlings follow the leader especially his bad traits.

HITHALLA GIDA MADDALLA
The plant in the backyard is not medicinal herb
Familiarity breeds contempt

HOLE NIRIGE DONENAYKANA APPANE EKE?
Who needs the city officials approval for a stream water?
This is rudimentary opposition to taxation and control of things taken for granted in village life.

HOSATARALLI AGASA GONI ETTI OGEDHA
When a washer man is new he beat the jute bag repeatedly
People who are new do the job well until they slack later with time.

HOSA VAIDYAGININDAA HALE ROGINEY MELU
An old patient is anyday better than the new doctor
A known devil is better than the unknown

HOTTEGE ITTILLADIDDARU JUTTIGE MALLIGE HOOVU
There is no food to eat but the jasmine decors the crown
Dressing beyond ones mean is spoken here.

HUTTISIDDA DEVARU HULLU MEYISUTTANAA?
Will the god who brought us into this world make us graze grass?
Have faith god is there....

HUCHCHU MUNDE MADUVEYALLI UNDAVANEY JAANA
In the wedding of the mad widow one who has a meal is very clever
A widow’s wedding that too an insane one is highly impropable only a smart person can manage to find such a wedding and even enjoy the meal

HOOVINA JOTHEY NAARU SWARGA SERITHU
THE STRING THAT TIED THE FLOWER ALSO REACHED HEAVEN
Those who are in noble company will reap the benefits by being in association with them.

IDHDHADHU IDHDHA HAAGE HELIDRE SIDDAPPANIGE SIDILU HODEYITU
Blunt facts are always bitter to hear.

KAI KASARAADHARE BAI MOSARU
If the hand gets dirty with mud the mouth gets curds
Hard work always rewards with a good meal

KAARYAVAASI KATHEY KAALU KATTU
WHEN THE NEED FOR YOUR JOB TO BE DONE
ONE SHOULD NOT HESITATE TO FALL ON THE FEET OF DONKEYS...

KETTA MELE BUDHDHI BANTHU ATTA MELE OLE URIYITHU
Got wisdom after ruined like the stove caught fire after cooking.

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