ಅಂತರ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಾತೃಭಾಷೆ ದಿನ (International Mother Language Day)

Happy Wednesday, All…

Today, February 21 is celebrated as International Mother Language Day.

(Link for this day’s background)

No matter where we are in this world, the closeness we feel when someone speaks to us in our mother tongue is beyond words.

Despite knowing many languages, our mind thinks in our mother tongue.

This reminds me of a Akar-Birbal story…

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Once upon a time, a foreign scholar comes to Akbar’s court and challenges the scholars there to figure out his mother tongue. If they can’t, they have to accept him as their Master. He happens to be a polyglot; could converse very fluently pretty much in any language. Akbar’s courtiers try various techniques, but in vain.

Birbal, the genius, comes up with an idea.

The foreign scholar stays in the guest house that night. While he is sleeping, a maid comes into his room and splashes his face with a mug of water. That scholar wakes up with a start and scolds. Birbal who was standing on the sidelines listens and slips away.

The next morning, the court assembles. Foreign scholar challenges the court again. Birbal smiles and says you are a Turk. That Scholar looks startlef, bows his head in defeat, and leaves the court.

Akbar and other courtiers look at Birbal in amazement. He then explains what he did to the scholar the previous night and says people speak in their mother tongue when they are in pain or angry.

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Being conversant in a few languages other than our mother tongue is a necessity. But that doesn’t stop us from respecting and using our mother tongue, right?

My Mother-tongue is ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada).

Listen to this picturized version of the beautiful Kannada poem by the great poet KuVemPu; video is taken in front of Mysuru Market

ಬಾರಿಸು ಕನ್ನಡ ಡಿಂಡಿಮವ (Baarisu Kannada Dindimava)

ಜೈ ಕನ್ನಡ… ಜೈ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಮಾತೆ…

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