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Offline bagerap

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Pagal Pani Chaukidars Dhanbad Star
« on: July 30, 2020, 05:16:36 PM »
I'm guessing that this might be a British Army in India drinking society, or have I totally misread it?

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Re: Pagal Pani Chaukidars Dhanbad Star
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2020, 09:51:52 AM »
For Chaukidar see here: guard, policeman.

Dhanbad is a town in India.

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Re: Pagal Pani Chaukidars Dhanbad Star
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2020, 01:56:33 PM »
Pagal in Hindi is mad/cranky. Pagalpan / Pagalpani - to be mad. So does it refer to the Guards of some Lunatic / Mental asylum? Dhanbad is one of the most well known coal mining towns in Bihar (now in Jharkhand). I have no idea if there was a mental asylum there?

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Re: Pagal Pani Chaukidars Dhanbad Star
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2020, 02:59:03 PM »
I believe that in the British Army in India, alcohol was known as Pagal Pani, crazy water. Probably from pagal pawnee.
A derivative puggled is still used although rarely, to mean drunk.