ਰੂਪ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ Posted October 31, 2022 Report Share Posted October 31, 2022 Dear Dalsingh I did try many times to send this message to you in private but it says you cannot receive messages, so I am going to have to talk and allow the whole world to know. I could post this under any of the following titles as I am not publicly saying this. - Am I wasting my life writing in Punjabi? - Should only those raised in Punjab and educated THERE in punjabi only communicate in the Punjabi language's written form? - British Sikhs, British Punjabis ( of all religions and beliefs) fundamentally can and should only communicate in English and not Punjabi. Our mother tongue it can never be and we are never going to read it All the above covers some of my emotions and concerns. There is a last one..We in the west should create our own group of Punjabi readers and writers of the language in our own English influenced way,,,,even if that creates an elite of a few dozen...or I am just a fool who wastes his life on Punjabi and should join the rest writing in English...after all here I am trying to appeal to you all, knowing Sikhawareness is almost exclusively in Engllish So why am I specifically addressing you? I came to Sikhawareness purely because I found you sharing my stories here. I also recall you saying you have a similar background and understood my Barharlee ( Videsi) Panjabi better than Theth Panjabi due to the change in syntax to how English works and more importantly to it being how us guys raised in the west educated in English tend to speak Panjabi. This gave me hope and motivation, But it has also created a major problem for me. So the issue is a simple one. The only people who bother to read Panjabi and can ( Gurmukhi script is all I am talking about here) are all born and raised in Charda Panjab. However due them being mostly farmers and working people they do not have a reading culture ( despite praying to our Holy book / Guru on a daily basis??!!) or anything but a simple vocab. In short most don't really have knowledge of the equivalent words in Panjabi to my English Vocab, which is the only level I know how to write in. Their Theth sentences can be alien to us (Western raised Panjabis I mean and not Lahnda ones) and ours are definitely about as Alien to them syntax and word usage wise as maybe us reading a sentence written in English by a person from the Tibetan mountains in English after only studying the language for 5 days. Maybe its my personal way of writing that is the issue and no other UK punjabi who knows Punjabi has the same problem? Now I have been told by the Panjabis who have read my books I am far more creative and imaginative than any of their writers but lack the flow to keep the interest of how they know Theth Panjabi, The same set have said that I write like the Western born educated Sikh that I am and my natural audience can only be those few in the west who speak Panjabi by subconsciously adapting the english format ( example instead of saying galti ho gee I write galti ban gaee which is just English in Panjabi words as far as they are concerned). The Irony is this group are always only the children of the immigrant parents and may speak Panjabi, but only to their parents and speak English to their own kids and are highly unlikely to be able to read Panjabi let alone want to read my books. Thus reducing my 10% potential readers to 0.5%. SO in reality no readers I have tried to make up for this by writing for Indian Panjabis but they can't get past either my spelllings , grammar or western style sentences any more than we would be able to understand that Tibetan writing English after 5 days of English exposure....Only my journey just to even achieve this much took 20 years of my life. Begs the question I must be insane wasting my life? Also proves that unlike English, Spanish and other races who whereever they go take their languages to put it honestly and bluntly our people are too stupid to take their language with them and then for it to survive in the new enviroment make us kids read and write it. Statistics back up that Muslim people from our part of the world ensure that URDU GCSE uptake is in the thousands, we can't even manage a couple of hundred out of a British Sikh Panjabi population of 500,000 plus! So I am a fool based on logic writing for people who can't read and trying to appease people who won't... Should I just stop and accept this reality? Or should we as a group do something about it to create British Panjabi readers? Depending on your answer I will deal with the last in another post, but right now I feel like who the hell I am writing for? People who do not read for leisure?? Why bother?? 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.