(Review of the book Garhwali Bhasha Ki Shabda- Sampada)
(Garhwali Literature Review Series -2295)
Review by: Bhishma Kukreti
Due to migration, no economic and social benefits from speaking Garhwali language, new generation migrated Garhwalis don’t speak in their own language. The learned linguistic scholars doubt that Garhwali language may extinct if Garhwalis do not protect the language.
When minority language as Garhwali faces problems as pressure from languages Hindi and English, society and its members come forward in protecting the thousand year old language. Ramakant Benjwal one of such Garhwalis who came forward with many remedies for protecting Garhwali language by offering a book Garhwali Shabda Sampada and Garhwali Hindi dictionaries.
Garhwali Bhasha Ki Shabda is excellent book for learner of Garhwali language. Ramakant Benjwal offers the following chapters in his praiseworthy book.
1-Historical Aspects of Garhwal and Garhwali Language (ऐतिहासक पृष्ठभूमि)
2-Relgion and Castes of Garhwal (धर्म एवं जातियां)
3-Cultrual perspectives (सांस्कृतिक परिदृश्य)
4- Learn Garhwali (गढ़वाली भाषा सीखें )
5-Grammar of Garhwali language (व्याकरण)
6-Rich heritage of Garhwali language (every aspect of a Language) शब्द सम्पदा (शब्द युग्म, पर्यायवाची, विलोम , अनेकार्थी ,विशेषण , शब्द परिवार, पेशी कीट आदि अध्याय )
7- Literature of Garhwali Language (गढ़वाली भाषा का साहित्य )
8- Proverbs, Sayings and riddles (मुहावरे , पहेलियाँ व पहेलियाँ )
The language is Hindi for explain Garhwali and Benjwal uses simple language that common man also understands the finer parts of Garhwali language.
Since, the sound is important for speaking Garhwali, the learned writer pays attention in explain the pronunciation
The specific chapter deals with specific subject and thus makes easy for readers.
By studying the book, reader becomes ready for speaking Garhwali. The book is basic of learning Garhwali.
Garhwalis community will never forget the debt of Rama Kant Benjwal for his efforts in collecting the words and then explain in simple language.
Garhwali Bhasha Ki Shabda- Sampada
Language –Hindi for teaching Garhwali Language
Year of Publication – 2010
Price - Rs 195
Publisher- Winsar Publishing Company, Dispensary Road, Dehradun, India
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti, Mumbai 2015
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