‘Lan­guage is not static’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Pooja Sharma

Gulzar needs no in­tro­duc­tion. The pro­lific writer has churned out scripts, lyrics and po­etry for decades and he shows no signs of stop­ping even now. But do such vet­er­ans also face the writer’s block? He says, “A block means noth­ing is hap­pen­ing. That is part of cre­ativ­ity. There comes a stage when you are writ­ing con­tin­u­ously, and if you are ob­jec­tive enough to look at your work, when you start feel­ing like you are re­peat­ing your­self, this block stems from there. That’s when you feel a lit­tle choked with your­self. It is that chok­ing that keeps churn­ing in­side you and breaks you away from what you’ve been do­ing. Even a pot­ter bahut din tak haandi ba­nate ba­nate bore ho jaayega, phir bethke surahi ba­nane lagta hai (Even a pot­ter will get bored af­ter mak­ing a cer­tain kind of pot over and over, and he’ll go make a dif­fer­ent kind of pot). It is hu­man na­ture. It gives you a break to look at your­self ob­jec­tively, and al­lows you to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.” Talk­ing about keep­ing him­self up­dated with chang­ing times and evolv­ing lan­guages yet pre­serv­ing his own style of writ­ing, Gulzar says, “Lan­guage is not static. It keeps chang­ing with time. The Urdu, Pun­jabi or even English that we speak is not the same [lan­guage] that was spo­ken be­fore 1947. To­day, it is Amer­i­can. Lan­guage changes with changes in your life­style. How­ever, it may take an­other 100 years for any lan­guage to be­come the mother tongue, if you look at the process of evo­lu­tion. English may be­come one of the mother tongues here as well. But it takes a long time for that [to hap­pen]. Our mother lan­guages are hun­dreds of years old — like Urdu, which was born here.”

Gulzar feels that English may be­come the mother tongue for In­di­ans

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