Bridal Dresses in Pakistan

Posted on 22. Aug, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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The bridal dresses are something that are matchless around the world. In Pakistan these are generally red, maroon and pink, heavily embroidered and exceptionally attractive. While the main center of focus is the bride, her friends are no less in choosing their dress for these special occasions. Intricate detailing combined with sequins and zari work on beige gold and off-white, offers an offbeat approach with red having made a comeback with a splash on bridal dresses.

The bridal dresses are incomplete without heavily ornate jewelry, studded with precious and semi-precious stones. The unique beauty of the jewellery of Pakistan reflects the cultural traditions and diversity of the people. Centuries of tradition are artistically and lovingly molded in each hand-crafted piece of gold, silver and other metallic and non-metallic materials. The 22-karat gold jewelry is mixed with silver, copper or other metals. Intricately woven designs are either traditional or modern. Gold jewelry, plain or studded with diamonds, other gems or pearls, is usually patronized by urban women, while silver jewelry is popular in the villages. The styles in vogue are Kundan, Nau-ratna (set with nine gems), Jarao and Minakari. The gem setting centers are Karachi and Lahore but Hyderabad too specializes in making fine gold jewelry, particularly ornate filigree work. Sind and Bahawalpur have preserved the old technique of Minakari. Swat, Kaghan and Chitral are known for their folk jewelry manufacturers Pakistan.

The menswear generally remains unchanged, wherein the use of “Sherwani” – a long coat, is still worn on traditional occasions like marriages. However, the trend of adding embroidery is on the increase, perhaps to compete with the women. Wearing of brightly colored embroidered long shirts “Kameez” on marriages is also gaining popular choice. While the men continue to wear simple Shalwar Kameez combination, the summer dresses for women are brightly colored, simple yet attractive.

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Urdu & Hindi Languages

Posted on 20. Aug, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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Hindi and Urdu developed from the “khari boli” dialect spoken in the Delhi region of northern India. Along with this common origin, Hindi and Urdu also share the same grammar and most of the basic vocabulary of everyday speech; but they have developed as two separate languages in terms of script, higher vocabulary, and cultural ambiance. Urdu, written in a modified form of the Persian script, and rich in loanwords from Persian and Arabic, has a broadly Islamic orientation, especially in its rightly celebrated poetry. Hindi, on the other hand, written in the Devanagari script that it shares with Sanskrit, traces a long history through largely Hindu culture. Like siblings separated at birth in a Hindi movie (which might equally well be called an Urdu movie, incidentally), the two languages live parallel lives, sometimes closely aligned, sometimes standing at a distance from each other. The most graphic difference lies in the two scripts.

Hindi is usually ranked second among the world’s languages in terms of number of speakers; 40% of the population of India speaks Hindi natively, with a large number using it as a second language; thus the total number of Hindi speakers is well over a half a billion. Urdu has approximately 50 million native speakers in India; Pakistan has fewer native speakers of Urdu, but almost the entire population of more than 175 million speaks it as a second language.

Hindi and Urdu are Indo-European languages and are thus distantly related to English, having a similar range of tenses and some cognate vocabulary in words. They also have linguistic features lost in English but still common in other European languages, such as noun gender and different informal and formal words for ‘you’. Urdu and Hindi share a lot of commonalities and one cannot fully understand one language without somewhat understanding the other.

Dialects of Urdu Language

Posted on 18. Aug, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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Urdu language being one of the vastest languages of the world enjoys four basic dialects. These include Dakhni, Rekhta, Modern Vernacular and Khariboli. Khariboli being the dialect of Delhi region is far different from the Dakhni dialect, which is spoken in the southern region of India. Dakhni is popularly known as Dakani, Deccani, Desia or Mirgan.

Dakhni dialect is known for its mixture with Marathi and Telugu Language in India. The base of Urdu lies in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The native speakers of Urdu can easily be recognized from their accents, they enjoy a beautiful accent while their identity is the pronunciation of “kaf” and “Kh” sounds.

Dakhini is popularly spoken in many parts of India including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Overall Urdu is being read, written and spoken in all parts of India and Pakistan. Most of the states in India even publish daily newspapers and other magazines in Urdu.

Urdu language deviation spoken in the territory of Pakistan: it becomes gradually more divergent from the Indian dialects and structure of Urdu, since it has engrossed many words, proverbs and phonetics from the regional languages like Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi and Balochi. The pronunciation pattern of Urdu language also differs in Pakistan and the cadence and lilt are informal compared with corresponding Indian dialects.

Furthermore, Rekhta, the poetic version of Urdu, is mostly classified as a separate dialect. This dialect was famously used by several British Indian poets of high acclamation, in the immensity of their work. These included the great Mirza Ghalib, the enormous Mir Taqi Mir and mammoth Muhammad Iqbal, who is the national poet and philosopher of Pakistan.

Reference:

Urdu-Info.Blogspot.com