The idea is to read books in the original language rather than in translation. But that means…Yes, it means that we learn that (foreign) language and read a text in that particular language.
Well, the language that I have chosen is Urdu. Now, by no stretch of imagination, can Urdu be called a foreign language in India which is the land of its birth but it is also true that it is slowly dying in India. I have working knowledge of some languages spoken in India like English and Punjabi and I am pretty fluent in Hindustani, which is a mixture of Hindi and Urdu but have little knowledge of Urdu per se. And learning the script is in itself a formidable task.
This challenge I hope will help me learn one of the most beautiful languages of the world. Two months that is the time I have. Hopefully by the end of it I’d have read a book that has long been on my wishlist: Badnaseeb Shaheed Sukhdev.
If you too are interested in challenging yourself, please follow the link above.
Due to my preoccupation with this challenge, posting on the blog will be erratic.
So off I go….wish me luck.