Majha versus Malwa: Punjabi phrase struggle


Sarika Sharma

Divided by Beas and Sutlej, Majha and Malwa areas of Punjab have largely been united in tradition. The nitty-gritty, the finer factors, nonetheless, have all the time been a bone of rivalry, typically in a lighter vein, however, not all the time! As lockdown tethered them to their properties, NRIs Raji and Veenu, who go by their first names of their digital lives, engaged in a lightweight banter to deliver out these nuances of their video collection, Majha Vs Malwa, which went viral on the now-banned TikTok and was shared on WhatsApp round right here so many occasions. The movies at the moment are a part of their YouTube channel, Sadi Life.

In the three-part vlog, the sisters-in-law interact in a confrontation. Raji, who hails from Malwa, begins off with a random phrase in Malwai and Veenu offers a Majhi phrase for a similar. And whereas it begins with primary phrases comparable to roka and thaka for engagement, shalgam and gonglu for turnip, khaaj and khurk for itch, it will get complicated. There are phrases you haven’t heard; tones underlining the distinction. It is as a lot enjoyable as it’s enlightening. If the road known as bihi in Malwa, it’s gali in Majha; anger is aakad in Malwa and duss in Majha; if Malwa-wallahs name a nook khunja, in Majha it’s nukkar; a sua (a smaller canal) turns nkhasu as you look in the direction of Amritsar; haday (pleas) are tarlay in Majha; if the ever present broom is radka in Malwa, it’s bokar in Majha!

YouTube channel, Sadi Life, was launched in 2019 by three brothers — Kulvinder Singh, Preet Gill, Navjit Singh, and their brother-in-law Sarab Singh. They needed to share glimpses into their North American Punjabi way of life. It was in the course of the lockdown that Raji and Veenu, who’ve been within the US for 20 years, bought concerned.

Born and bred in Patiala, Raji hails from Malwa whereas Veenu is from Amritsar, Majha area. They say the thought of Majha vs Malwa was derived from their very own confusions and understanding, relatively misunderstanding, of one another’s dialects. Sometimes Veenu would ask Raji for one thing, however Raji would do not know what to do since she didn’t perceive Majhi and vice versa. “We decided to make a TikTok and YouTube video for entertainment purposes, comparing and contrasting our two different dialects. Much to our surprise, the video went viral and was shared on all major social media platforms,” says Raji. The household was flooded with telephone calls from kin and mates settled worldwide.

The movies evoked combined emotions in individuals — it was enjoyable for some and overwhelming for others. “People were thrilled that we brought back words they hadn’t heard since childhood and were perhaps in danger of extinction from the vocabulary of next generation of Punjabis,” says Veenu.

After the primary video went viral, individuals needed extra and a few even urged as to which phrases to incorporate within the subsequent vlog. Some needed a Majha vs Doaba, which they adopted up with shortly. The duo says it feels proud to have represented its language in such a approach and to have began a dialogue about its preservation. “We enjoy making videos exploring various idiosyncrasies of Punjabi culture. We also like to discuss topics such as mental health, that might be considered taboo.”

Raji and Veenu say they take satisfaction in celebrating Punjabiyat on daily basis at the same time as they dwell away from their homeland. “It’s wonderful to share our rich language, culture, and heritage with the world. It doesn’t matter where Punjabis reside on this planet; we are all connected at the heart!”



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