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"Ek Bilaadi Jaadi" Lyrics and Translation

Singing to kids is one of the easiest ways to submerge them (and you) in a different language. More importantly, it's fun! Some of my fondest memories are of my mom singing me lullabies and nursery rhymes, and it is so special to have her sing those same lullabies and rhymes to my own daughter, years later. If you are like me, you might find it hard to memorize the various Gujarati songs we have, but don't worry-- VedInk has you covered! Each week we will try to upload the lyrics of a different Gujarati nursery rhyme in both Gujarati and English, along with the translation. This week's rhyme is "Ek Bilaadi Jaadi".

Nursery Rhyme: એક બિલાડી જાડી

એણે પહેરી સાડી

સાડી પહેરી ફરવા ગઈ

તળાવમાં એ તરવા ગઈ

તળાવમાં તો મગ્ગર

બિલ્લીને આવ્યા ચક્કર

સાડી છેડો છૂટી ગયો

મગ્ગરના મોંમાં આવી ગયો

મગ્ગર બિલ્લીને ખાઈ ગયો!


Ek bilaadi jaadi

Ene paheri saadi

Saadi paheri pharvaa gayi

Talaavmaa ae tarvaa gayi

Talaavmaa to maggar

Billi ne aavyaa chakkar

Saadi chedo chuti gayo

Maggar naa mommaa aavi gayo

Maggar billi ne khaayi gayo!


There was a fat cat

who wore a sari

and went out on a walk.

She went swimming in a lake.

There was a crocodile in the lake.

The cat felt dizzy.

The hem of the cat’s sari came loose

and went into the crocodile's mouth.

The crocodile ate the cat!

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