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Books - New Arrivals

Kannada Made Easy
By Dr. M. M. Hafeez

You Can Learn Kannada through Urdu & English

301-Parkview Apartments,38/2-Haines Road, Fraser Town, Bangalore-560005. Ph: 25369272

Pages 80. Price: Rs 50

Languages have their own typical qualities. They are never meant to be the copy of the other. Be it alphabets, grammar or phonetics, they follow a pattern independent of the other. Literatures have much to learn from each other. But the languages are best left alone, lest the reforms undermine the identity of the language and cut the people away from the literary heritage.

Learning a language through the medium of another language is always problematic. Dr. M. M. Hafeez, a chemist turned linguist, has made a laudable effort in putting together a reader that attempts at teaching Kannada through Urdu and English. This is no small feat as Kannada has 49 letters, English 26 and Urdu 37. Some of the Kannada letters have no equivalents in the latter two languages and there is no way one could convey their phonetics except by conversational experience with native speakers. Similarly, vowels are largely represented by diacritical marks in Urdu, something unique to that language.

The author has burnt enough midnight oil in bridging the semantics of the three languages. The forte of the book lies in employing a variety of approaches to facilitate the learning of Kannada. The book tries to establish similarities and explain dissimilarities in the three languages in matters of phonetics, alphabets, grammar and vocabulary. However, the major stress is on learning Kannada through grammar which poses difficulties for adults who may have problems grasping the law of the language at the advanced stage of life. Reader of this nature should have taken a route via translation as Urdu or English users in Karnataka could very well familiarise themselves with syntax through communication. Nevertheless, the book is a marvellous effort in packing all these between 80 pages, Messages from VIPs could also have been avoided. Essential publication details such as price, address, year are missing. A little more effort at editing would enhance the value of the work. For copies, contact Dr M.M. Hafeez.

(Reviewed by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj)

Booklet on Karnataka Govt. Schemes

The Karnataka State Minorities Commission has published a booklet titled, Department Wise Beneficiary Oriented Schemes listing out all the welfare and development schemes being run by the Government of Karnataka. The 71-page brochure covers 29 departments that have schemes providing loans, subsidy, assistance, training, stipends, houses, cattle, poultry birds, medicine, agricultural inputs and implements (like seeds, insecticides and pesticides, hand-pumps, green-houses) and leasing of land, ponds, hills, forests or other vital assets for development. Vital information on eligibility, how and whom to apply has also been supplied. The useful booklet should be part of all minority libraries and NGOs that are working for the development of those communities. The booklet can be had from, Secretary, Karnataka State Minorities Commission, 5th floor, Vishvesh-wariah Tower, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore-560001. Ph: 22863400, Fax: 22863282.

Legal Aid Booklets

Global Media Publications, New Delhi, has embarked on the task of facilitating basic awareness and education about legal rights to marginalised people who may not read English and may not have access to legal help. These booklets are in Urdu and are the first of their kind in the language. Global Media Publications has recently brought out the legal aid books in Urdu which explain the law, legal rights and procedures to secure justice in a simple manner and in easily understandable Urdu: Some of the booklets are: Aapke Huqooq (Your Rights), Tez Raftar Samaat Ka Haq (Right to Speedy Trial), Mafad-e Amma Ka Muqadma (Public interest Litigation).

For copies, contact, Global Media Publications,
J-51-A, 1st Floor, AFE, Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi-110025.
Ph: 9818327757, 55666830.
Email: [email protected]

On the Tip of a Muslim Tongue

• Assalaamu Álaikum (peace be upon you) - by way of greetings

• Walaikum salaam (peace be upon you too) - in reply to the greetings

• Bismillah (in the name of Allah) - before making a beginning

• Jazakallah (may Allah reward you) - for expression of thanks

• Fi Amanillah (may Allah protect you) - by way of saying good-bye

• Subhanallah (glory be to Allah) - for praising something

• Insha Allah (if Allah wills) - for expressing a desire to do something

• Astaghfirullah (I beg Allah for forgiveness) - repenting for sins before Allah

• Mashallah (as Allah has willed) - for expressing appreciation of something good

• Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah) - for showing gratitude to Allah after success or even after completing anything

• Yaa Allah (Oh Allah) - when in pain or distress, calling upon Allah and none else

• Aameen (may it be so) - the end of a Dua or prayer

• Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (to Allah we belong and to Him is our return) - this is uttered as an expression of sympathy of the news of some loss or some one’s death.

Quranic Verses

1. Say (O Mohammed to Mankind): if you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah) Allah will love you and forgive you of your sins. Allah if Oft forgiving, Most Merciful. 3:31

2. (O Mohammed S.A.W.S.): “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Mohammed S.A.W.S.)” But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers”. 3:32

3. And obey Allah and the Messanger (Mohammed S.A.W.S.) that you may obtain mercy. 3:132

4. So believe in Allah and His Messengers. And if you believe and fear Allah, then for you there is a great reward. 3: 179

5. He is the Ever Living, none has the right to be worshipped but He, so invoke Him Making your worship pure for Him Alone. All the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind jinn and all that exists)’. 40: 65

6.So, call you upon Allah making (your) worship pure for him (Alone), however much the disbelievers may hate (it). 40:14

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