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Tag Gujarati


Pushkar Sane Saturday, 27th September, 2008 Tags: , , , Life No comments

Recently I came across – a great website for Gujarati music and poetry. For me it brought back all the good memories of Navaratri Festival & Garba (Gujarati Folk Music).

I must say I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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Losing Languages

Pushkar Sane Saturday, 13th September, 2008 Tags: , , , , , , , Life, Observations, Roots No comments

Today we had an interesting discussion around speaking, reading, writing Indian languages. I realized that many people in my generation do not really know how to read & write Indian languages including Hindi. Also their spoken languages are flooded with English words. It kind of made me sad because Indian languages do have very rich literature & sweetness of their own. It surprised me because I do know how to read/write/speak Hindi, Marathi & Gujarati. I can read & write Sanskrit but can’t really speak because of lack of practice.

The most educated people of Indian society are shying away from using our local languages and switching their interactions to English. That’s sad because the educated ones are supposed to nurture languages & knowledge. If we lose the ability to read, write & eventually even speak them purely then we would be doing the biggest dis-service to future generations. We are currently depriving ourselves of knowledge & literature documented in these languages. And chances are – at a later date – some foreigners will come – learn these languages and RE-SELL our own heritage to us – exactly the way its happening in case of Yoga.

I have decided – I’m going to try & speak Sanskrit – it will require some practice. Also I’m going to learn one more Indian Language – Bengali. And also teach Marathi to my wife.