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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hindu wedding, Urdu card: Non-Muslim couple prints invitation card for marriage in Urdu

This is an invitation card in Urdu, which is not too uncommon in India.

The only surprise here is that it is a Hindu marriage for which the invitation has been sent in Urdu.

Not just the card has 'Bismillah' on the front cover but has the complete invitation in Urdu script.

'Noor-chashm' Dr Navneet got married to Dr Tejasvini recently. The card requests the guests to attend the 'daawat-e-ta'aam'. These days many Muslims, who claim that Urdu is their mother tongue, get invitation cards printed in English [more in Northern India, particularly, UP].

As a matter of fact, it is a rarity now to see non-Muslim marriage cards in Urdu. This particular marriage took place in Hyderabad, Deccan [Andhra Pradesh].A few years back, I had posted the card 'Ganesha on Muslim marriage card'. Read it here.

I have nothing against cards in English. But just for the sake of fashion, English invitation cards with serious spelling and grammatical mistakes, irritate me. In one of marriages, the family was affluent but not educated], yet they got cards printed in English.

There were not just grammatical errors but blunders and bloomers. They were marrying off their sons and decided not to put up names of future daughters-in-law, because of certain strange traditions in their family. So when the cards went out, it appeared that two boys were getting married. So we see such absurdities.
Have you seen such unique cards elsewhere? If you have seen, do share. Now see about the marriage invitation card of a Muslim youth, which is in Hindi and also has Hindu religious symbol. Do check this interesting post HERE


प्रतीक माहेश्वरी said...


Rizwan Patel said...

Great to see something like this but quite often we have issues over language usage and all that. In such cases- Actions speak louder than words: people often turn out to defend their native languages when questioned but their use and propagatations of other languages say something else!

Lokesh Verma said...

Urdu is a such a beautiful language, but it's dying slowly. It pains me to say that, but that's the truth. I love Urdu, but I can't read the 'script', and therefore, I'm constrained to read only transalated works. My Uncle (Dad's elder brother) can read Urdu fluently and tells me that in his childhood days (he is 80 and grew up in eastern U.P.), urdu was the medium of instruction. Unfortunately, I never learnt to read the script, even though I spent the majority of my childhood in Lucknow (I'm glad I learnt Hindi; I wonder if my kids will ever learn Hindi). I have always had this question - 'what if Urdu uses 'devnagri' as script - will that make it prosper again in India?' Any thoughts?

bapun said...

Urdu is such a rich and pure language,it has very warmly expressive language from others.Even many Hindus are big fans of it.

Dipansu said...

Urdu such a rich and beautiful language.It is very warm and expressive.Even many Hindus are big fan of it.

Anonymous said...

Not mentioning the names of the daughter in laws is fine. But making clear that both sons are getting married seperately is necessary indeed.

Shoheb Bhayani said...

I wd want to learn Urdu any given day

Anonymous said...

Let English adopt deonagri script in India before suggesting Urdu to opt for deonagri script. Urdu owes to its script and Urdu is urdu due to its script. If any body loves Urdu he/she must demand arrangement of learning Urdu in school for his/her children.