Wow, she speaks such free-flowing Hindi!
Now, this would possibly sound like a clumsy praise within the Hindi-speaking Delhi area. However then Hindi shouldn’t be Veena’s first language.
“Most important Tamil Nadu ki hoon,” she says, making a gift of her origins in Hindi.
This afternoon Veena is chatting on WhatsApp video from the isolation of her ground-floor dwelling in Gurugram’s Sector 51, which she shares along with her husband and their two daughters. Through the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, Veena, 39, launched a multi-lingual YouTube channel known as Gurugram Sisters, which principally consists of the dance and tune performances and so forth. of two younger sisters. “They’re my daughters, Shivli and Aditri,” reveals Veena, effortlessly switching into an equally fluent English.
Veena grew up in Coimbatore’s Kuniamuthur neighbourhood. Whereas a pc engineer pupil in a school of the identical metropolis, she met Visheshwar Dayal, a pupil hailing from Delhi’s Kamla Nagar neighbourhood. Their friendship developed into love and some years later Veena Jayam stepped into the Hindi talking world by changing into Veena Mathur. “I used to be the primary one in my total khandaan to marry a non-Tamilian.”
Veena was 24.
It’s thought of comparatively simple to study a brand new language as a baby, however not in order an grownup when one’s first language has already taken over a lot of the linguistic thoughts house. Veena agrees with this principle and gratefully credit her husband’s mother and father in serving to her with Hindi. “They gently nudged me to talk with them in no matter Hindi phrases I may handle.” At first the Tamilian was fairly shy to talk exterior—they had been dwelling in Indore then—fearing that individuals would possibly giggle at her makes an attempt. “However nearly everybody would reward me for being so good with a language that wasn’t my very own.”
Fact be instructed, Veena confides that studying Tamil is barely extra powerful than Hindi. “In spite of everything, Sanskrit got here a lot after Tamil… and a few pronunciations in Tamil take time to grasp.”
Anyhow, the Tamil-Hindi speaker has been dwelling within the Delhi area—Gurugram particularly—since 2010 the place she hardly will get a possibility to talk in her native tongue exterior her dwelling. “I personally know just one or two Tamil households right here.” Veena says she talks to her husband principally in Hindi and English—“He understands Tamil however he by no means talks to me in Tamil out of shyness… although I’ve heard him talking it with others.” She engages along with her daughters principally in Hindi, however makes it a degree to additionally converse with them in Tamil, “as a result of it’s good to be proficient in lots of languages.”
The woman insists that she will be able to do all of the North Indian Hindi-language prayers of her Mathur household “however after I’m praying from my interior coronary heart, the prayers instinctively come out in Tamil.” She laughs confessing it.
Even so, no one is ideal. Veena nonetheless has to study the numbers in Hindi. “I can say do sau (200) and teenage sau (300) however I don’t know the way to say the beech-wale (center) numbers.”
And now the girl calls her daughters to the lounge, the place they usually shoot their YouTube movies. “All that’s wanted for recording is a tripod stand and a digicam, and a mike for my elder daughter who likes to sing; the youthful one is extra into dancing.”
Talking of their subsequent efficiency, Veena says, “Engaludaya adutha video janmashtamiyai munnitu Lagaan padathulirindu ‘Radha kaise na jale’ paadalil oru arumayana nadanam.”
What, you don’t get it? Go, study Tamil.