Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chacha Nehru or Mama Nehru!

The first prime minister of India late Jawahar Lal Nehru was called Chacha Nehru in Hindi. He used to love children so they started calling him Chacha (paternal uncle). But he was called Mama Nehru by the children of Kerela (Malyalam spoken state) as traditionally matriarchal system prevails in Kerela and so mother's brother called Mama (maternal uncle) is having more importance than father's brother. The soft drink Fresca was being promoted by a saleswoman in Mexico. She was surprised that her sales pitch was greeted with laughter, and later embarrassed when she learned that fresca is slang for lesbian. U.S. and British negotiators found themselves at a standstill when the American company proposed that they table particular key points. In the U.S. Tabling a motion means to not discuss it, while the same phrase in Great Britain means to bring it to the table for discussion. He is as wise as owl. An owl represents an wise creature in USA and UK. But in India it is referred as foolish. In Arab countries it is seen as inauspicious.

In India, there is a saying, kosa kosa par pani badle, char kosa par vaani. This means that at every one kosa, (a local measuring unit for distance slightly greater than one mile) quality of water changes and at every four kosa language changes. This saying is not an exaggeration. For example in Bengali
Shadhubhasha, language of sages, is the written language with longer verb inflections and a more Sanskrit-derived vocabulary. Indian national anthem Jana Gana Mana and the national song of India Vande Mataram were composed in a form of Shadhubhasha, but its use is rapidly declining in modern age. Choltibhasha, running language, a written Bengali style that reflects a more colloquial idiom, is increasingly the standard for written Bengali. But if we talk about spoken Bengali , spoken Bengali exhibits far more variation than written Bengali. Ancholik dialect and one or more forms of Grammo Bengali can be found different with the small changes of distance.

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