Bibi Sanam Jaanam Anar e Sistanam Meaning | Cabaret

Bibi Sanam Jaanam, Anaar-e-Sistaanam (or Anar-i-Sistanam) is an Afghan folk song that became very popular after Zeb and Haniya performed it on Coke Studio (Pakistan).

Now the film Cabaret has gotten a version of the song, where the lines 'Bibi Sanam Jaanam, Anaar-e-Sistaanam' are there as in the original folk song, though the latter lines are different. The words 'Bibi Sanam Jaanam' simply mean Dear, beloved lady, and 'anaar-i-sistaanam' means a pomegranate of Sistan, which is a place in Iran, where the pomegranates are supposed to be very sweet. So the entire line basically means 'Dear, beloved lady, sweet like the pomegranate of Sistan.'

Nil Battey Sannata Meaning

Nil Battey Sannata means nothing, or if you'd allow me, 'absolutely nothing.'

Nil is an English word, which means zero, nothing. So that part is clear.

BaTTey or baTey (or baTe, or baTay) is a Hindi term from mathematics, which means 'divided by,' and is used most commonly as 'upon' part in fractions, separating the numerator and the denominator. The word actually comes from Hindi 'banTe' which means 'divided.'

SannaaTa is Hindi/Urdu for silence, mostly used to signify acute silence. However, the meaning of nil baTTey sannaTa has nothing to do with mathematics as such, because sannaTa, even when used as Zero, would give undefined result. Instead, nil baTTey sannaTa is a term to say 'nothing' in a proverbial, dramatic manner.

Though, living in Hindi heartland, I've heard Zero baTey sannaTa a lot more times than the rarely heard Nil baTTey SannaTa. Maybe it's part of the updated slang. And if not, I guess it could now be that.

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