Sohail Abid

Writer exploring tradition, art, and music of the people of Punjab

My Indian connection

My father and I were talking about his recent trip to Indian Punjab when I asked him if he spoke to the people there in Punjabi. We were talking specifically about the policemen who accompanied him wherever he went. He replied that they speak very fast and with a different accent and that it was a bit difficult for him to comprehend them at times.

“Oh, it’s not that difficult. They just combine and shorten some words like kara’taa instead of kara ditta. And they say j instead of the z sound. And sh instead of chh like pishaaN. And…” I went on and on. Just stopped short of telling him where did I learn all that from ;)

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