“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
With our focus shifting more and more towards English and other foreign languages, how many of us can claim that that we have perfected our own mother tongue?
What binds a country together is not a shared culture, as that shifts from one state border to another, but a language.
Hindi Diwas is celebrated across India on 14 September for commemorating the occasion of adoption of Hindi as the official language of Constituent Assembly on 14 September 1949.
We have all read our history textbooks back in school and we are aware of how Hindi played a major role in the Indian Freedom Struggle against the British Rule. Hindi is not just a language but it was one of the weapons that helped us in our struggle for independence. There has been no other language that united the people of this nation to fight for their independence. It is in this aspect that the language should be respected.
It is necessary to make the children aware of the beauty of Hindi and our other regional languages. How many children read literature in our regional languages and Hindi? How many parents themselves have read Hindi Literature? If you, as a parent and teacher have failed to inspire your child to respect their own language and culture, then to what extent can a child be blamed for their ignorance? Respecting and learning a language doesn’t mean that we have to ignore the others.
It is never too late to start. Go grab that copy of Munshi Premschand or Saadat Hasan Manto stories, and read them out to your children, one story a day. Let them discover the beauty of their own culture through those mesmerizing play of words.
Here’s a list of must read novels in Hindi, for you:
1. Godan: MunshiPremchand
2. Nirmala: MunshiPremchand
3. RaagDarbari: ShrilalShukla
4. Toba Tek Singh: Sadat HasanManto
5. Madhushala: HarivanshRaiBacchan
6. Mansrarovar series: MunshiPremchand
7. Pinjar: Amrita Pritam
8. SaayeMeinDhoop: Dushyant Kumar
9. GhareBaire: Rabindranath Tagore
10. MailaAanchal: PhanishwarNathRenu