Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
As the name speaks itself, Hindi Diwas is celebrated on September 14 every year to celebrate the language and to commemorate the event when it was adopted as one of the official languages of India. On this day in 1949, The Constituent Assembly of India adopted Hindi as the official language of the Republic of India.
Hindi is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. It is said that owing to the efforts of Beohar Rajendra Sinha, along with Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Kaka Kalekar, Maithili Sharan Gupta, Hindi was recognized as one of the two official languages. Coincidentally the day Hindi was adopted as India’s official language, it was also the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha, who is known for the illustrations in the original final manuscript of the Indian Constitution.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Let us know Ten English words which originated from Hindi.
Derived from the Hindi word ‘Jangal’ meaning a wild wasteland, it was commonly used by English settlers in India to refer wild or uncultivated land, including wooden scrub landscapes and overgrown with dense vegetation.
Chit word is derived fr the Hindi word ‘Chitthi’ meaning a letter or post.
Chutney word is derived from the Hindi word ‘chatni ‘which means to lick and denotes a pickled condiment made from fruit, vinegar, spices, and sugar.
The English word Bangle means a rigid bract made from metal or wood. It is derived from the Hindi word ‘Bangri’which originally meant the colored glass ring ornaments worn on the wrist by Indian women.
The English word bandana is derived from two Hindi words -‘badhnu’ which describes the process of tie-and-dye through which large handkerchiefs with vibrant designs and ‘bandana’ meaning to tie something up.
The English word Dinghy was derived from the Hindi word ‘dingi’ or ‘dingiya’ that was used for small rowing boats that traveled through the sheltered waters of Indian rivers along the Indian coasts to fish and to transport passengers from one place to another.
The word juggernaut is defined as something very large and unstoppable. The words have its roots from the fascinating Hindi word ‘Jagannath Yatra’- a religious procession in Puri where a giant carriage carries the image of Lord Jagannath.
The English word for a light bedstead, cot seems to have been derived from the words ‘khat’ and ‘khatwa’, Hindi words for bed. These khats were traditionally made of Jute and woods as the charpoys in Indian homes for people to relax in the open or sleep under the stars.
The English term bungalow originally derives from the Hindi word ‘bangla’ which means houses constructed in the style of Bengal.
The English word Shampoo is derived from the Hindi word champo, meaning to squeeze, knead, or massage.