Sunday, December 24, 2006

Online Hindi Magazine.

अभी अभी एक नयी चीज़ देखी - अनुभूति . ये एक हिन्दी पत्रिका है जो पूर्णतया नेट पर उप्लब्ध है.

आज मेरे साथ एक वाक्या हुआ. किसी क्म्पनी में फोन करने पर जैसे एक आवाज़ सभी से पूछ्ती है, कि वे हिन्दी में बात करेंगे या अंग्रेज़ी में, तो मुझसे भी पूछा गया! मैने हिन्दी चुनी, क्युंकी हम अमूमन हिन्दी ही चुनते हैं. फोन उठा और उस व्यक्ति ने तपाक से कहा, “Good Afternoon, this is ________, how may I assist you?” तो हमने भी तपाक से कहा, “__________ One, I asked for the Hindi option, and Two, ________”

पर हैरत मुझे इस बात पर हुई कि उस व्यक्ति को हिन्दी बोलने में कितनी कठिनाई हो रही थी.. और ये दिल्ली का हाल है!

Just found an online Hindi Magazine - Anubhuti . Its a gap that one has felt for quite some time.

Another interesting thing happened today. I called a call center , and like all centers, a recorded sweet voice first asked me for the language preferance. I chose Hindi, bcs i always choose Hindi. The phone was transferred and a well trained voice went "Good Afternoon, this is ________, how may I assist you?” . And rightaway yours truly went “__________ One, I asked for the Hindi option, and Two, ________” . The person, obviously embarassed, asked if I would like him to continue in Hindi, to which i responded in the affirmative.

But what struck me was his obvious difficulty with the language, in the middle of the Hindi heartland - in Delhi!!

12 comments:

Shreemoyee said...

Yes, I think we are losing our language skills to english quite rapidly.

Di said...

its weird that u got to that person after specifically opting for hindi ...!!

KusTavan said...

...i have a take on this - which analyses the politicians solution to this issue...

http://kustavan.blogspot.com/2006/12/mother-tongue-or-teacher-tongue.html

Chiya said...

It is disheartening, Yes.
But, better than the last 5 years, kids, youth and old everyone is coming back to roots. HINDI is now back in fashion and will soon be back in use also.

AlterinG Abhishek said...

Wow..

Amazing
hindis great..
though.. I dread those days from skool when a 8 marks essay was marked in negative.. coz my spelling mistakes were more than 16..
:(
Lol

HI!

Sugarlips said...

Urdu & Hindi both are beautiful languages...It happened in Delhi which sounds strange.

Stay Beautiful...!!

How do we know said...

Hi Shreemoyee: maybe, but i m surprosed bcs we are natural polyglots too!

Hi di: they have the same set of agents, who answe depending on the language flashing i guess..

Hi kustavan: Super Post! Didn't know you were a Kashmiri though!

Hi Chiya: Amen!

Hi Abhishek: :-) Thats a funny one!! And ur teacher actually gave u negative marks!!

Hi Sugarlips: Yes, thats the part that surprises me too! :-)

Hi

Sugarlips said...

I watched "Kabul Express"
on last tuesday & I really
liked the movie...You have given
a searing review :)

Hiritik is a good dancer but I don't like him...Rahi baat Abhishek ki I adore his mischievous behaviour...
I like him from the very begining since -Refugee- :)

What u asked on my blog YES I won the game of checkers with a little pinch of cheating ;)

Stay Beautiful...!!

Sugarlips said...

Oh I think I posted on wrong post :(

Tell me no more of enchanted days said...

thanks :) yes, i had a lovely b'day..the poems will have to wait..still on holiday hangover :P

dharmabum said...

i worked at a school where we had kids from different schools. it is one of the hip schools of madras. and u know what, most kids there do not know how to speak any language other than english.

the 'english' seed was sown long ago, masterminded, among others, by one lord macaulay. so pwoerful was the plot that it is still proving to be successful. sad, but true.

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