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U hati u dang sha khlaw




"U hati u dang sha khlaw" is a khasi metaphorical idiom which literally translates into "The elephant is still in the forest". This idiom is used to refer to something we want to achieve or possess but that has not yet been attained. This also reminded me of the English metaphorical idiom "The elephant in the room". This idiom is used to refer to an important topic or issue that is obvious to all but cannot or will not be discussed.
So, one may say that both the ‘hati’ idioms portray the size and weight literally, of human wants and needs but which cannot be embraced, again literally.
“U hati dang sha khlaw! Kumno une u hati ha kamra pat?!”

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