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Friday, May 23, 2008

learning the language

[written on the evening of the day before...]

yerterday i bought the hungry tide by amitav ghosh, the climb by anatoly bourkiev and the wonder that was india by al basham. i wanted to buy the world without us by alan weisman, the age of consent by george monbiot and the cartoon history of the universe [can't recall the authour, sorry] volume 8-13 [i already have the amazing volume 1-7 :D].

although i asked prashant, impromptu, if he knew the seasons or months in hindi calender and reprimanded him of his ignorance, i actually was rebuking myself about it. asked momma to help me learn the hindi seasons first thing this morning. and here is my progress [please consider the dialect]:-

jaith [mixedup the serial]
ashaad [mixedup the serial]
sawan [mixedup the serial]
bhaadon [mixedup the serial]
mah [asked mom]
faghun [asked mom]

i guess our hindi calender starts from our hindi new year which is near about march of the english one.

started the hungry tide, and when one of the protagonists mentioned that he knew 6 languages, i considered my knowledge of the two i should claim to have fair knowledge of. the one that is my mother tounge is also the one that should bring me to shame the most. i can't claim to read a page of fine text without not comprehending half of the words. actually i believe i can't write half a page of good hindi which would have more range of words than those that we use for functional understanding.

and english which should be one of the fastest evolving language in the world at this moment, i wonder if i know even 10 percent of the words from the complete lexicon.

concoction of problems and issues stated, now the resolution - i should be buying and reading hindi literature [with sound technical language] too. let me see if i would need to buy hindi-engish or technical hindi-simplified hindi dictionary next :O



Blogger Chakoli said...

nopes u dnt need hindi dictonary for that...relax....:_)))

read raag darbari ...awesome book...
and even premchand... too good hindi:-))

5/23/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

You shouldn't be writing such posts, they are injurious for brains and the concience too.. ;)
The fact is, English is mandatory in +2 while Hindi becomes an optional language, now whose to be blamed for that?

5/23/2008 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger Red Ginger said...

@ burf - i dont think it shud b that scary.. all the best :)

@ sam - lol ! injurious indeed !! .. but isn't reading an engish book more 'in' anyday than reading one in regional lingo ?

5/23/2008 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hw is amitav ghosh? have never read his works...
i need to learn hindi names of months myself.. and counting too.. after 40, i fumble...and fall!

5/23/2008 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw, pl go back to my blog... answers to your argument are waiting for ya!!

5/23/2008 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill Chapman said...

Have you ever considered learning and using Esperanto?
Take a look at

What do you think?

5/23/2008 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger ~ ॐ ~ said...

Its strange but I feel that you want to give more importance to the language than communication...

Its impossible to be a master of any language, your mother tongue or any for that matter in one life time...

specially today when most of the languages cannot even be found in their original form and have taken various routes basis the people using them or the place they are being used in etc and etc...

I personally while one is doing the right thing by trying to learn more than that he knows already, a fair amount of focus should be in using what one knows for good as well !

5/23/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

chakko - yea, i will be picking some from next time onwards

samy - there won't be a need to blame if we make a conscious effort to support it

ginger - i hope so too

churning - amitav ghosh - amazing, at least the one that i read.

:D - regarding the debate :D

bill - okie

om - i am not talking about communication, you can communicate even if you don't have a language but that does not mean you do not strive to improve upon something [which i guess you supported somewhere as well]

5/26/2008 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Chakoli said...

Moooorning hain:-)))

5/26/2008 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous geet said...

very nice post yaar.. this is something i always think about... saala i used to be so good in hindi and look at me now its hindi mixed punjabi. per i agree with premchand and i loved reading mahadevi verma too .

i did rafting in Big pegion time i am planning to do in colorado river .its a level 5.YO :P

5/28/2008 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Keena said...

Great work.

11/11/2008 10:57:00 AM  

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