I wonder why I am not able to speak a full sentence in Tamizh nowadays? I find myself at crossroads between Tamil, English and Hindi and thank God I am fluent only in these three languages. If I had known some more, what sort of dialect would I be speaking now ??? As popularly everyone terms it 'Tanglish', for me it needs to be renamed 'Hitanglish'.
There are different slangs of Tamizh spread across Tamil Nadu depending upon the district one hails from. About three decades back, a person can be identified of his district by his spoken Tamil. But now, at large all are tuned to the so called 'Madras Tamizh'.
In Tamil Nadu, except for a handful like our Kalaingar Karunanidhi and Vairamuthu, how many of us can speak chaste Tamizh for 5 minutes without bringing in an English word. In one of the private channel Makkal TV, there is a programme which encourages the public to play with them for instant gifts if they are able to answer their questions in Tamizh and only Tamizh. It was odd watching the participants struggle to get the appropriate words.
In the Tamil TV channels and Radios one can see the DJs and VJ's literally murdering the language with very coloquial words, Kochai Tamizh. The sanctitiy and the sweetness of Tamizh has disappeared and wonder if there is any hope for the pure language to get revived among the future generations.
Has the above happened with any other language, I wonder ??? The damage is already done. Even if one is interested to speak in chaste 'Tamizh', how many of us would be able to understand? In this fast moving world, would anyone care to take time to learn the vocabulary all over again and do justice to the language.
With this note I decide to begin at home trying to speak senthamizh and could hear a chorus "MOM stop this, we are unable to understand :):) " and my hope gets diffused instantly and poor tamizh ? NO CHANCE !!!!!!. My children are not to be blamed as they were born and raised in the Northern part of India in the Hindi belt. Although, we made a point to speak in Tamil at home, still they are comfortable conversing in Hindi or English among themselves. I am sure, many of you would agree with me with the issue and would be having similar thoughts in you too.
With more generations leaving the native state and settling across the globe, it is unlikely that the newer generations would pick up the language in its originality. Any solution to the above issue????
"The loss of languages is tragic precisely because they are not interchangeable, precisely because they represent the distillation of the thoughts and communication of people over their entire history." - Marianne Mithun