Survival of a language

This topic has been in my mind since long but never got to write about it. And it is not only about Punjabi language. It applies to any of the regional languages. And here we are talking about the people who live away from their native regions.

I have lived in Delhi for six years. There is a sizable Punjabi population in Delhi and Punjabi has got the second language status. But one thing that is very much noticeable is that generally the people you see speaking Punjabi are all above 40 years of age. No one from the newer generation speaks Punjabi. In fact the reality is that can’t really speak even if they want to. Leave few broken sentences that they might be able to construct and speak.

This is about speaking. If we talk about reading and writing the situation is even worse. No one from the new generation would be able to do that because they were not taught Punjabi in schools and at home their parents didn’t communicate with them in Punjabi .

Question here is that in such a scenario how does a language survive ? When you can’t read, write or speak a language how you can identify yourself by that ? Isn’t it the slow death of our regional languages ?

Paras – sadi Punjabi da wara(i)s…

kaafi sama ho gia mainu ethe post kite hoye.aj orkut surf kardian kardian ik video milia jihne mainu ethe post karan lai utshahit kita. eh video hai harbhajan mann & gursewak mann kathe ga rahe. karnail singh paras horan di kavishri. mere hisaab naal koi 17-218 saal de aas paas pehlan da hona eh. rare of rarest cheez. dhanwaad us bai ji da jihna ne upload kita. har punjabi nu eh video jaroor dekhna chahida. karnail singh paras hori punjabi kavishri de thamm. te eh video ik adbhut yaad hai uhna samian di. i would love to see both of them like this again. i wish they do an album together in this style, dhad sarangi lai ke !

jimmewaar kaun ?

aj sanu lod pai rahi hai punjabi baare lokan nu jagrook karan di…main soch riha c k eh sara kuch ik din wich te nahi ho gia…je aj punjabi di eh halat hai tan eh hoya te ahista ahista hona….har cheez waang….aj kal main delhi ch reh riha haan te aksar dekhda k jihdi purani peedi (generation) hai oh tan punjabi boldi hai…par uhna ne apne bachian nu punjabi bolni nahi sikhai te uhna naal gal b punjabi ch nahi karde….so uhna de ghar di language hun hindi ban chukki hai and ik hor peedi te uhna nu punjabi baare kuch pata hi nahi hona…delhi ch paida te wadde hoye bahut ghat lokan nu main punjabi bolde nai dekhia hai te oh cheez b agli peedi te ja ke bilkul khatam ho jani a…

eh te ho gai delhi di kahani…aj kal te punjab de shahran ch b ehi haal hai k maa peo apne bachian naal hindi ch gal karde ne and uhna ne kade dassia hi nahi k sada virsa language…eh sab hai ki…

agar asi poora hisaab kitaab kariye tan socho kinne log es tarah punjabi ton door ho rahe ne…

so mere khiyal wich aj tan jo ho riha so theek hai…sade ton utte wali peedi ne b shayad kuch miss kita hai k sadi peedi da kuch hissa punjabi ton door ho gia hai….

tusi ki sochde ho ?

kujh swaal…

bahut wari, alag alag lokan naal punjabi bhasha te culture baare aksar meri gal hundi rehndi hai par aam ja jawab eh hunda “ki hunda ? punjabi chal te rahi hai” ehda ki matlab hai ? ki asi enne ujjad haan ? ya sanu kuch sikhaya hi nahi gia ? k culture warge vishe tak sadi soch hi nahi paunchdi…aksar mein sochda hunna es cheez baare te kuch swaal dimag ch aaunde ne:

  1. sade ghar ch akhbar kihda lagia hai ? angreji, punjabi ya hindi ? main ethe dharam di gal bilkul nai karni chaunda kyoki eh blog sirf culture di gal karan lai hai par ik gal main jaroor kehni chahunga. kuch lok kehnde ne k punjabi sirf sikhan di boli hai…non-sikhan di boli te hindi hai. te ik hor gal shayad tusi dekhi hove main aj tak kise non-sikh de ghar punjabi da akhbar nai dekhia…(bahute honge…par main aam jehi gal kar riha) ehda ki kaaran hai….fer te eh gal sach ho gai na ?
  2. jado tusi kade safar karde ho…bus ch ya train ch…raste ch banda akhbar jaroor khareed-da..kinne wari tusi punjabi da akhbar lai k parde ho ?
  3. kinne wari tusi koi punjabi da novel/kahani book khreed k padi hai…te us to b waddi gal…tuhanu kinne k punjabi lekhakan de naam pata ne…kaun changa kaun mada likhda….kise b cheez da kinna k gyan hai ?
  4. aj kal te main eh b sunda k mata pita bachian nu punjabi bolan ton rokde ne ? ehda ki karan hai ?
  5. kinne wari tusi ghar ch kathe baith k punjabi TV channel dekhde ho ? mannian sare channels te koi enne wadia program na b aaunde hon…par eh khiyal kinne wari aya hai k main punjabi haan te punjabi da kuch dekhan ?
  6. tuhade ghar ch punjabi diyan kinnian k cassetes & CDs ne ?
  7. aj kal bahut sarian punjabi filman a rahian ne…tusi uhna cho kinnian dekhian ne ?
  8. kinni wari tuhanu eh khiyal aaunda hai k main punjabi haan te mainu punjabi lai kuch karna chahida hai. matlab kinni wari eh ehsaas hoya hai k eh jo raula hai punjabi culture alop hon da…eho ji koi cheez hai b te sanu kuch karan di lod hai…

main umeed karda k jo b sajjan eh post pad riha hai ehna swalan bare jaroor sochuga…te je zyada jawab na ch a rahe ne te kuch efforts b karuga….