Language is a vessel that carries history, culture and tradition. You kill a language, you kill history, your culture, you kill tradition, and that is what is happening.
In what perfection [Indian] music stands (as I am no competent judge), I could never give my ears the trouble to examine, it seeming loud and barbarous; yet they observe time and measure in their singing and dancing, and are mightily delighted with their tumbling and noise. They as much dislike our shriller music, hardly allowing our waits fit to play to bears, and our stringed instruments strike not their hard-to-be-raised fancies; but our organs are the music of the spheres with them, charming them to listen as long as they play.
Had I not been a classical singer, I would have loved to spend my entire life in a garage fine-tuning a Fiat or a Maruti.
Did you know?
India's highest military decoration, the Param Vir Chakra, was designed by Savitri Khanolkar, a lady who was born Eve Yvonne Maday de Maros in Switzerland and was of Hungarian-Russian ancestry. She was married to Major-General Vikram Khanolkar of the Sikh Regiment.
Travelling about 80kms from Darjeeling and to an altitude of 7200 feet gets you to the cool climes of a hill-station named Lava.
The name crocus, for the flowering plant and source of saffron, is very likely ultimately descended from Sanskrit kunkumam (कुङ्कुमं) by way of 'Semitic', Arabic, and Greek.
The Panchen in Panchen Lama is a portmanteau of the Sanskrit pandit and the Tibetan chenpo (meaning great).
The East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases and Noxious Weeds Act 4 reads,
In the event of any area being invaded, or in danger of an invastion, by locusts, the Collector of the district or other officer authorised by him in this behalf may call upon any male person not below the age of 14 years resident in the district to render all possible assistance in carrying out preventive or remedial measures and in the destruction of locusts …
Section 125 of the Indian Penal Code reads,
Whoever wages war against the government of any Asiatic Power in alliance or at peace with the government of India or attempts to wage such war, or abets the waging of such war, shall be punished.
Indian traders who had migrated to South Africa in the late 1800s were referred to (by the whites) as 'Arabs' to differentiate them from the indentured Indian labourers.
"Ramasamy" was a pejorative used by the whites against Indians in South Africa in the late 1800s. "Rammysammy" was also a variant.