Thankfully it is not. What you get to see is Bollywood’s use (use as exploiting something; i say use because Bollywood includes Punjabi songs in a movie to make the album hit not to promote Punjabi music) of Punjabi music. Far away from that adulterated stuff you get to hear there exists some beautiful Punjabi music of so many different genres including dance numbers, sad songs, spiritual poetry and so on.
Break the stereotype, go explore FolkPunjab.org and enjoy some beautiful music. A whole new world awaits you.
Most of the stuff that non Punjabi’s know about us Punjabis is typical stereotyped stuff shown in Bollywood movies and Punjabi songs. Most of it is some non-sense wrapped around “balle balle” as if dancing is what Punjabi’s do all the time. So thought about doing some posts telling the reality instead of what is being shown on small or big screen. How it actually started was that once I drafted a post explaining that how in Punjab there live people of all religions, not only Sikhs as a lot of non-Punjabi’s seem to think. But this post remained in the draft for months. Then last week a colleague in office was talking about something similar. From there an idea struck me to write about multiple topics related to Punjabi stereotypes. In each post I will try to talk about one topic (or more if they are very closely related). The posts are not going to be very very detailed but would briefly talk about the subject. You can add your criticism/views/corrections of any facts in the comments section. Some of the posts might be ridiculously short but length isn’t really the important thing here. Important is to make the point about some issue that we are seeing around us.
So here we go with the very first post in this series. In this the issue I am going to talk about is:
Punjab is a very rich state
That is what a lot of people outside Punjab think courtesy Punjab’s rich past and what is being shown in movies, songs etc. But the reality is that it used to be rich but it is not anymore. These days economy is in shambles. State is under a debt of Rs 1 lakh crore. There is no money to pay salaries to the Govt. employees and to make both ends meet Govt. properties, lands are being sold. There are hardly any new Govt. jobs. Not much is happening in the name of industrial growth so there are not many jobs in private sector too. Menace of drugs is posing the most serious danger the state has ever seen. According to some reports almost 60-70% or more of the youth is addicted to some kind of drug or alcohol. There are villages where each family has lost one of more of the family members to some kind of drug addiction.
Agriculture has failed. Landlords might be doing fine but farmers with few acres of land can hardly make both ends meet. Many of the small farmers have taken loans to the tune of lakhs from banks and because of poor agricultural growth are not able to pay it back. Not being able to support their families they are taking the suicide route to end their lives. There are many families where the only earning members have committed suicides and the debt ridden families are left to struggle with their lives.
With all this going on one can pretty much understand how rich Punjab these days is !
Karnail Singh Paras saab sade darmiyan nahi rahe. 28 Feb nu oh es faani sansaar nu alwida keh gaye ne. ik beshumaar keemti den hai uhna di Punjabi sahit nu. kavishri nu ik nava rang, roop te darja ditta. Punjabi sahit naal judia rehan wala sahyad e koi banda hove jihda una de kalam da jaadu dekh ke ash ash na kar uthia hove. sahit to ilaawa uhna di ik hor waddi den Punjabi nu Harbhajan Mann & Gursewak Maan de roop ch…bachian wangu dona nu paalia te sikhaya. Harbhajan aksar gallan karda interviews wagaira ch k kive oh sanu dasde c stage te khade hon baare, mic faran baare, shabdan de shudh ucharan baare te jado hek launi tan kive baanh uchi chakkni. te nateeja sahmne hai Harbhajan di kabaliyat har taran de geet gaun di.
uhna da vichoda bahut bhari hai te bahut wadda ghaata pia hai eh punjabiat nu. rab uhna di rooh nu apne charni laave.
kuch time pehlan main ik online punjabi forums website join kiti http://www.punjabiportal.com .us time ton baad main lagtaar uthe likhda riha haan. kal website di pehli saal-girah te ik magazine kadia gia hai KUKNAS ( http://www.punjabiportal.com/kuknas ) filhaal flash version ch availabe hai online. baad ch pdf b release kiti jaugi. bahut hi alag cheez hai. sare members wallo contributions. edda sohna design shayad pehli wari kise punjabi magazine da banaya gia hai. website & magazine jaroor check karna. mainu poora yakeen hai k tusi pasand karoge…
bahut lamme arse ton main kuch b post nahi kita. aj youtube te search kardian kardian ik video milia Indo-Pak games te Surjit Patar saab da kalaam. vekh ke rooh khush ho gai. sochia eh video jaroor post kita jaave. Punjabi kavita de husan di ik behtreen wanngi. jihde lokan nu sharam aaundi hai eh kehnde hoye k asin Punjabi haan, eh video jaroor vekho shayad kuch asar ho sake. Surjit Patar saab…sada maan…