from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contracted form of chavel. See chavel, n., and jowl.


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  • The setting is the Mumbai 'chawl' - the city's infamous shabby constructions with little - Top HomePage-TopStories News Headlines

  • For the last 20 years, his family has been living in a chawl tenements with one- or two -room units in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb.

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  • I didn't know that about Jaidev Hattangadi, he must be a really strong man to live in the Wadala area dominated by middle class Maharshtrians that has a chawl culture and that too in the 80s

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  • While Ayyan ekes out an existence in an overcrowded chawl (tenement), sending his ten-year-old son to a Catholic school, Arvind puts the Institute's energies behind sending up a balloon in space to gather evidence that alien microbes are always raining on earth (hence explaining the origin of life).

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  • They had several rooms in a nearby chawl, but all usurped by relatives.

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  • Suresh Jadhav is a BMC worker who loves dogs and lives in a chawl nearby the WSD kennels at Mahalakshmi.

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  • Well, the genesis lies within the confines of a very big chawl towards the Grant Road station end called Bhalchandra building.

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  • He told me I could go to his chawl anytime I liked, day or night, if I needed a shoulder.

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  • Above the racket of a restaurant filled to capacity, he had yelled his life story, elaborating on the loss of parents, his love of cricket, the luck of his sister, the generosity of Askari, and how he, Raj Shethia, last of the male line, was going to break out of the grim squalor of his chawl and find a nice apartment.

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  • Tookaram rented the room of the chawl situated at Jakaria Bunder-road from its owner,

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  • The father, Dhirubhai Ambani, was a brazen, rags-to-riches tycoon who established Reliance Industries after rising out of the city’s Dickensian tenements, known as chawls. NY Times

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