In the tradition of "Hobson-jobson, this dictionary contains Indo. English idioms and English words derived from Hindi. It serves as both a reference book and an interesting cultural examination of language and the postcolonial relationship between the British and Indians. Such words as "dungaree, chintz, and "lacquer are revealed as having a Hindi origin. Also included are entries on words tied to Hinduism such as "guru, gherao, nirvana, asana, avatar, and "mantra.