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Today is Thanksha!

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Today is Thanksha!, according to Bishnupriya Manipuri weekdays. If it is translated to English weekdays it comes to be Saturday. What is so particular about this weekday – to be mentioned in the site?

On April 18, 2008, Ranita Sinha wrote on the Bishnupriya Manipuri weekdays: We are very much comfortable with either addressing the seven days of the week in English as Sunday, Monday or in Bengali as Ravibar, Sombar etc. One article on the weekdays doesn’t end or brush up our language skill. To maintain the proficiency of any language, one has to consume it: Yes, daily.

Cruelty of time is that we have almost forgotten our mother tongue weekdays. There is a danger lurking above our head that if it is not resurrected urgently it will vanish. Can’t we all do one thing: what Reader’s Digest is doing it for decades - carrying a page of English vocabulary?

We can start with the Bishnupriya Manipuri weekdays. If for a year in every post the weekdays are mentioned in the site (you can get the glimpse of the practice in the previous posts), I hope in one year the Bishnupriya Manipuri names of the weekdays will be in our active vocabulary. The most positive aspect of this exercise is that the children are going to be benefited more.

However, there is on-and-off participation of readers in the “Learn Bishnupriya Manipuri” initiative started long back in the site. So far it has fetched over 600 entries of words/ sentences and phrases. The initiative is gaining momentum with the participation of non-Bishnupriya Manipuri readers in this language drive. The days are not far when we can have a repository of online Bishnupriya Manipuri words and sentences. To make it happen it needs active cooperation and collaboration from all over the world.

Hope in the days to come one doesn’t get a sting with “Today is Thanksha!


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