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@ WackyWalrus: Yup. It can't b a joke. It's the reality for India now.
people here are fighting for the origin of the word instead of writing related comments to the cartoon
hahaha great work Satish.
@ BilalSaleem, If one refers to Wikipedia, on would find that LAKH is based on Vedic numbering system. In contemporary world it could be addressed as Indian or South Asian numbering system, and is mostly used in the Indian Subcontinent, i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and presumably Afghanistan, Myanmar and Maldives. So to conclude my point, this system is used in almost all the languages spoken in South Asia, which is approximately around 500 languages.
@ you duly mistaken buddy , the word lakh is derived from Sanskrit and not urdu.
@premclement - it's not an indian numbering system, it's an urdu numbering system... it is used in pakistan as well.
So how does this become a joke?
Yes it is not an English word. It is an Indian currency/numbering system.
1 lakh = 100,000
@Kristina, if only we could Google.
For those who are confused by the term "Lakh", you may refer this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakh