Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I've been tagged!

[Thanks to Sherry.]

Here are the rules:

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!)
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences.
Tag 5 people.

The book lying closest to the computer is an acquisition from the other day's visit to Crossword, with the rather delicious title, "Entry from backside only: Hazaar fundas of Indian-English," by Binoo K. John (Penguin, 2007). [The link is to a review at the Telegraph (UK)]. I just started it, and it's full of hilarious examples of Indian English (which upper-class, "convent-educted," snobs like me love to laugh at). The narrative is a bit tedious and rather repetitive so far, though. I'm soldiering on.

Given the general verbosity of Indians, the first five sentences on p. 123 (which is the start of a new chapter) spill over to p. 124! Here's the rest:
Mahatma Gandhi too was unhappy with the use of English, but like many Indians he resorted to the language when it came to writing, though he mostly spoke in Hindi. According to R. Parthasarthy, who wrote History of Journalism in India, From Earlier Time to the Present Day (Sterling), 'Gandhi was not happy editing an English weekly. He was forced to do it.'
There you have it! [Hmm, would Gandhi have spoken Hindi the most? Or Gujarati?]


Hmm: City Yogin, Leonardo, St. Lizzy, Pritcher, and (not that he's going to have a lot of time to do this; however, he was online in Laos a few minutes back and we just chatted), Barry. And anyone else who cares to join in the tag fun.