[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 39, Issue 11_Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 01:48:03 PDT 2010


Indians were settled in Burma before WWII, working there as professionals.

In India ,Hindi (and Hindustani) are very widely used across country and in 
some form, Hindustani would have been in use in Darjeeling where Durrell 
went to school. Politically Darjeeling is actually a part of Bengal, an 
eastern state of India, but being located in the northern hilly region, the 
town falls within a region where the indigenous hill tribes are located. 
They would have their own languages and dialects.

I should add that Hindi and Hindustani have their source in the northern 
part of India. The eastern, southern and western states have their own 
distinct languages - not dialects of Hindi. But Hindi or more commonly 
Hindustani can form a common language for basic communication between people 
belonging to different parts of the country.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: "Sumantra Nag" <sumantranag at gmail.com>; "Durrell list" 
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Cc: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: ILDS Digest, Vol 39, Issue 11_Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani


Thanks.  Any thoughts about Durrell's claim that his first language was 
Hindi, although his nanny at the time was Burmese, who presumably spoke 
Burmese and not Hindi.  I guess it is possible that there are Hindi speaking 


On Jun 21, 2010, at 4:00 AM, Sumantra Nag wrote:

> Sorry, just sending this post again after rearranging the content and 
> correcting a few typographical errors. Sumantra
> -----------------------------
> Bruce,
>> Actually Hindustani is a term used to describe the speech of modern India 
>> which is influenced by both Hindi and Urdu.
>> Hindi is a language belonging to the Hindu heartland of India and is 
>> linked with the ancient Indian language Sanskrit, while Urdu has come 
>> from the Muslim countries. India was ruled by Mughal emperors settled in 
>> India during the medieval period before the British first came during 
>> the seventeenth century to trade during the Mughal rule. Whereas the 
>> British later ruled from England, the Mughal emperors had settled in 
>> India.
>> Sumantra
>> ------------------------------------
>> "MacNiven also notes Durrell's claims about speaking Urdu and does not 
>> see a contradiction, the two languages being dialects of Hindustani (p. 
>> 693, n. 35)."
>> Message: 4
>>> Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:50:55 -0700
>>> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>>> Subject: Re: [ilds] "Our most exalted alumni was Lawrence Durrell"

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