Especially for old BI hands.....
was taken in BI in translating English nursery rhymes and other light
verse into Hinustani, the coastal bat spoken by locally engaged seamen
from India. Needless to say, the translations were sometimes pretty
loose and were probably looked on by the crew as another example of
what the pugli sahibs got up to. Here, we offer some examples and
are on the lookout for more. Just mail any contributions to the firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone needing help with translations is referred to Malim Sahib's
Hindustani available from Brown,
Son & Ferguson.
Name is Jock McGraw" is an old music hall song sung by Harry Lauder.
This is the BI translation into Hindustani from an area around Chittagong
called Pichalpani. Thanks to George Ball for this contribution.
My Name is Jock
I'm fu' the noo
But I adore the country I was born in
My name is Jock McGraw an' I dinna gie a straw
There's a little in the bottle for the morning
Nam Hai Jock McGraw
Ek dum chikar
Mera muluk ek dum puja ki coasti
Mera nam hai Jock McGraw um cutch pawa nay hai
Thoura bottel men hai kal fajur coasti