The whole evening of February 19th, 2009, we (Uzra & Asbah) pondered over the eternal mystery of greetings. And in the ordeal of Thinking, the less-common-trait-in-us, many questions dared raising their heads in our minds. Wayward random questions like ;
1) What is Greeting?
2) How important it is to greet the other person in first place?
2) What is the importance of sweetly greeting others? spicing it with a smile ?
3) How about a prayer is offered as greeting?
4) why not rebelling from the usual "hey" or "hi" , “hello” etc?
(In the confusion we forgot that we had repeated the question no 2, twice and asked 5 questions instead of 4, have you overlooked too ?? ;) lol! recheck)
We brainstormed with heads in hands, eyes on sky and gray matterial consuming at the speed of light! and in the process when the three hundred fifty seventh minute lapsed, a miracle happened!
A vivid (Shocking-) Pink figure appeared to be reeling in air, under the sky and above the ground. And even before we could raise the slogan of “yayy Stepman!!! Superheroes ka baap", That figure landed in his So-Very-Traditional-way-to-land, head down and legs up!
It took him solid three minutes and forty five seconds to figure out why the sky is beneath his feet and to decide which way to stand (legs up or head !) and another bunch of four minntes and 50 seconds to understand what we were saying (we had to repeat each word thrice and each line twice to let him engulf and assimilate the "dilemma")
It was then, when he uttered a 'hi', (or was it 'Hello'??) we realized what was consuming our thought-energy. Yes, Greetings.
And while the realization was going on, he revealed the 'why-had-he-decended-down', because we were staring at him asking for help (remember we've inculcated the habit of thinking by looking up at the sky). We apologised by clearning the fact that two of us were enough help for each other and that we owed him gratitude. And the busy super-hero flew off to find other needers of help :P
and we got back to the thought, generally we greet with a "hey" or "hi" which if translated in hindi or Urdu would mean 'oyay' or 'abay oo' very much unethical and inconvinient for a traditional people like us
and we're so againt the idea of abusing friends just for the sake of it, (we over heard a collegue accousting her best friend as 'oh kameeni' (oh you moron), and we grieved!)
There is a very clear limit in between friends and enemies and we believe that it should be honoured and preferred, and treating both in a same way would prolly spoil the difference!
Lets be innovative and lets learn different ways of greeting our best people, and that is obviously, with love.
Afrikaans: Goeie More = Hello
Arabic: Marhaba = Hello
Malaysia: Selamat Datang = Welcome
Chinese: Ni Hao! = Hello
Farsi: Assalamualikum = May Peace be upon you!
French: Bonjour = Hello.
Greek: Geia sou = Hello
Irish: Dia duit = Hello
Japanese: Ohio = Hi
Latin: Salve = Hello
Nepali/Indian: Namaste = Hello
Pidgin English: Gude = Hello
Portuguese: Ola = Hi
Spanish: ¡Hola! = Hi
Vietnamese: Chao = Hello
so, here it is now, tell us what do you all think about it, because personally we dont like 'HELLo' you greeting someone with a HELL? tsk! but then, thats strictly our opinion :)
PS. Thanks to StepMan for being help :D
wishes and prayers!
because, An !dea can change a lounge ;)