Bonding through language.....
Mother tongue is the language which a person speaks from the birth. The language in which you uttered your first words. The language which you first heard when you were in the warmth of your mother's womb. The language in which you first started thinking and the language which holds the essence of your homeland and your ethnicity.
I believe, a language plays a better bonding role than religion. For example, in case of two people, when their religion is same but if their languages are different, they will be different in every other way. And if their language is same but religions are different, they will still have so much to cherish among themselves. This can be understood in context of people speaking punjabi in Pakistan and India. Though divided by borders, four wars and a bitter history of partition, still in New York suburbs you will find them gelling together as if they were always one (here religion, nationalities are different but language is same).
Last night, I went out with friends to a Syrian restaurant called Damascus. And i stupidly asked " Which cuisine do you serve?", it just slipped out of my mind that Damascus is the capital of Syria and is so much in news these days due to civil unrest. "Damascus, madam, capital Syria. Syria very beautiful but now lot of war", replied the Syrian waiter in broken english. We could see the pain in his eyes. I wanted to ask more but could not as they mainly spoke Arabic.
And then it struck me that I was wasting the golden opportunity to learn another beautiful language, Arabic. What is the point of living in Dubai and not trying to learn their language (although english is widely spoken, but Dubai being the multicultural society, you have here people from all parts of Middle East). Middle East was the cradle of various ancient civilisations, birth place of three major religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. And they say that people in Middle East were writing arabic poetry and literature when english had not even originated. May be learning a new language will help breaking the barriers that our minds have built over ages.
This world is such a beautiful place, so many cultures, so many languages, so many books to read, so many places to visit, so many things to learn, and most importantly so many people to love. All of this and such a short life!!!
So keep loving, keep learning and keep growing......
This is my last blog for BBC learning english blog. It was a beautiful experience writing my all four blogs. You challenge yourself and each time try to write better than the last time to keep readers interested in your blogs. And the best part of the whole process is the comments from the readers from all over the world and it feels so great that you have touched the heart of someone siting far away from you.