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by: Rithika Palvayi Hmmmm, if I’d have to choose between “3, 2, 1…..Happy New Year” and, “Ugadi Subhakankshalu”, I’d go with the latter, any day. Because apart from wearing our traditional outfits and clicking some of the best pictures, there’s much more than you’d expect there to be. You might be appalled by the revelation, but I’m guessing you won’t be if you kept reading.  If you’re also thinking, “what the hell?”, you should take a trip to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (went by alphabetical order, no biasing) – the two profound Telugu states of India, during April, more or less. That’s when our New Year celebrations take place. The fun in waking up to the smell of the tamarind paste/juice stands unparalleled. The special delicacy we make that day is not only our favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also holds importance and much meaning in our lives.  Bet…

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The mother tongue is the inner most sanctuary of the soul. – Gustav Stresemann
Our mother language is our identity. We’ll be speechless without it. Our mother language is our identity. We’ll be speechless without it. In return nothing is asked from us but to be spoken out loud with pride.

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When you grow up with your ethnicity so unbelievably entwined with your self-worth, you find that your sense of self depends invariably on your cultural identity, the way you’ve been brought up, and the language that has been handed down to you.

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“To have a second language is to have a second soul” – Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor implying language shapes your idea of reality. Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s Juliet says “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” implying the opposite. Language is primarily looked at as a tool for communication. However, this is not so true. Language, absolutely, changes everything in terms of perspectives and validation.

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