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February 27, 2007


David Phillips

One apparently needs a BollyWHAT? account to view the transcripts.


Huh. I'm pretty sure that guests can read BollyWHAT without registering. Perhaps the problem is the deep links. I'll figure it out and fix it, or post the transcript here or something.

ETA: I fixed the links; they should work now.


In Rediff chats, the guest doesn't usually doesn't do the typing, afaik, but dictates his responses to an official typist. I assume the typist uses shorthand to keep up. I could be wrong, but I strongly suspect this is how it works.


Carla, you still haven't told us how you got into Indian entertainment and into learning Hindi. You said a while ago that you'd gather your thoughts and make a post about it. I'm very curious to find out.


Ah, no, Maajhi, you have totally wrecked my fantasy of Javed sahib as an SMS-pecking wixard. Rats. You may be right that he didn't do his own typing, and I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of that.

If that was an official typist, though, it wasn't a very good one - lots and lots of typos.

On the other topic: uh-oh. It's easier to say than to do. To some degree it simply cannot be explained. But since you are interested I will try.


"Javed Akhtar : although im not a puretin abt languages, but it does sadden me that the present generation's vocabulary in any language is much smaller thn of their last generation"

Any language? I wonder if that's actually true.


John, I was also struck by that line. It pains me to say this, but I doubt whether Javed sahib has any basis for that statement at all.

I happen to think he's wrong. First, it's an ill-defined statement to begin with; how is the size of a person's vocabulary defined? Second, even if one could define it, the statement is probably not accurate.

It's a surprisingly crusty old-fogey "in my day" sort of statement for a forward-thinking, populist guy like Javed sahib to make.

The guys over at Language Log might have a thing or two to say about it, too.


"If anything proves that orthography is not necessarily correlated with literacy, it's Javed sahib's use of IM-speak."

Great line. Even if Javed did not actually use the TXT language cited, the point is still valid. Here in NZ, too, TXTing is deeply entrnched, well beyond just teenagers. I'm a field supervisor for two market research firms, and send and recieve TXTs most days of the week in varying degrees of "TXTese". Fie on the bourgeoisie curse that is standardised orthography, I say. And as for,
"It's a surprisingly crusty old-fogey "in my day" sort of statement for a forward-thinking, populist guy like Javed sahib to make.", I think everyone's allowed one such indulgence. I have to think that, since any conversation on Hindi cinema leads me into my "they don't make 'em like they used to" monologue.

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