A House Divided: The Origin and Development of Hindi/Hindavi by Amrit Rai

By Amrit Rai

This linguistic research investigates the beginning of the language Hindi/Hindavi and the advanced reasons which resulted in its department into separate tongues - smooth Hindi and smooth Urdu.

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And miraculously, we withstood all the dangers and pogroms. The soldiers never came to that small village. But it was still very difficult. The soldiers lived off the land and destroyed everything. There was no livestock, not seed even to plant crops. 1921 was a bad year, a bad year in all our memories, a date of desperation in the history books. There was complete social breakdown. Weeks went by without bread, there was nothing to buy. There were times when all normal life stopped, and my father and Aunt Azrika smuggled some food and potatoes to live on.

My name there was Shmuel (Samuel) Deenas, after my mother’s name. And everybody in the town of the 300 families knew me. In this little town the last name was only a necessity for paying tax to the government, otherwise they called you by your first name and patronymic, or in this case by my matronymic because they didn’t know my father. My father came there on the weekends during those summer weeks and was hardly known in the town. But everybody knew my mother. What is nice to tell about this little town in which I grew up for many years is that they had one of the oldest synagogues in Poland, one of the well-known, much-photographed buildings of the area.

My mother was the daughter of one of the “richest” people in this little town. They had there a tannery, they had stalls in the market, which was in the middle of the little town, and also a special place in their front room where they transacted their daily businesses. Their house was very big. At the back were two more little houses amidst gardens and trees. My mother grew up amongst eight children: Most of them who married remained in this little town. My mother, who went to school in the big city, was the one who married out into a large city.

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