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The Kolis Posted by on Jun 9, 2021

A short distance दूरी from the house I grew up in, is a little fishing village गाँव called Danda Koliwada. The village is so close that every afternoon दोपहर the smell of drying fish मछली comes wafting into  the open windows खुली खिड़कियाँ of my home. The Kolis, as these fisherfolk मछुआरों are called dry…

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Fiji Indians – Fiji Hindi Baat Posted by on May 31, 2021

The Language and Dialects The Girmitiya brought the language भाषा and culture संस्कृति of their villages to Fiji.  They spoke the dialects बोलियों and languages of their state but the majority spoke Hindi which is an Indo-Aryan language. This language differed from Fijian which is an Austronesian language. Fiji Hindi Baat Fiji Hindi is also…

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Fiji Indians – Girmit and Girmitiyas Posted by on May 31, 2021

Island with huts

History of the Fiji Indians  In the 18th century 18 वीं शताब्दी the British were busy dominating पर हावी the world, making colonies and, bringing with them, their brand ब्रांड of tea चाय, sugar चीनी, and the English language भाषा.   The demand मांग for sugar was increasing worldwide दुनिया भर and the ability to cultivate विकसित…

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What is the Bundeli Dialect? Posted by on May 26, 2021

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Movies and Dialects I recently watchedदेखा a delightful Hindi Bollywood movieचलचित्र on Netflix. The movie, Motichoor Chaknachoor, was filmed फिल्माया गया था in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. My current favorite वर्तमान पसंदीदा Bollywood actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was the main actor मुख्य अभिनेता, in this comedy. Nawazuddin is a character actor चरित्र अभिनेता who…

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Afghans Among Us – Pathans Posted by on May 25, 2021

The Pathans are Afghan tribal communities आदिवासी समुदाय that originally come from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and north Baluchistan. They are one of the largestसबसे बड़ा tribal communities in the world. According to oral traditionमौखिक परंपरा of history, they believe they are the descendantsवंश of the biblical King Saul. History of the Pathans The Pathansपठानों…

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Afghans Among Us – Kabuliwallas Posted by on May 23, 2021

Kabuliwalla Storybook

Afghans Among Us I recently created बनाया a children’s workbook based on a favorite childhood बचपन story called Kabuliwalla. Rabindranath Tagore wrote this story कहानी in the year 1892. The story is about an Afghan who used to sell dried fruit सूखे फल बेचना and nuts on the streets of Calcutta. Natives of Calcutta or…

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The Rise of Hindi in Mumbai Posted by on May 17, 2021

Autorickshaw - Salaam Bombay

Mumbai is one of India’s most diverse विविध cities. People from linguistically भाषाई रूप से separated states converge अभिसरित होना on Mumbai to work and live. They bring लाना their language, culture, and unique अद्वितीय flavor to this great city. This convergence leads जाता to colorful speech भाषण with sentences a mix of Hindi, Urdu…

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