an effeminate or crossdressing male in northern india or pakistan.
her sister-in-law could endure no longer, and fell into a faint. saradasankar himself entered the zenana. with folded hands, he said piteously: "is this right? satis is my only son. why do you show yourself to him? are we not your own kin? since you went, he has wasted away daily; his fever has been incessant; day and night he cries: `auntie, auntie.' you have left the world; break these bonds of maya (illusory affection binding a soul to the world). we will perform all funeral honours." infoplease.com