Brick Lane

I love these street signs


Does anyone know if the scripts are the same for Bengali and for Bangla or are they totally different?

4 Comments so far

  1. Syam (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    as far as I know scripts are same and they have different dialect…

  2. WA (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Interesting though isn’t it. Wonder how different the dialects are, thanks Syam

  3. Katy (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Bengali and Bangla are two words for the same thing. “Bengali” is used pretty interchangeably with “Bangladeshi”, referring to people, from or things pertaining to, Bangladesh – but it also refers to the language. Bangla is the Bengali word for Bengali. The area around Brick Lane is called Banglatown.
    Most, if not all, of the local Bengali population comes from Sylhet, which is in Bangladesh. They speak Sylheti, which is an oral dialect with no written form; this means written Bengali is relied on through necessity, though many can’t read it.

    As to how similar the two are, it’s useful to realise that Sylhet is a very rural region, made up of small farming villages. People have been living for centuries with little change in daily routines till recently. Bengali is the language of education, legal exchanges, literature, official documents etc.

    In London, most people who can read Bengali, for example, are educated enough to read English as well.

  4. alanfr (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

    Again, the contemptible communalists manage to show their community in bad light. I have actually read Monica Ali’s book, and I thought it was good, and quite sympathetic to new immigrants in a difficult situation.

    Ali’s depiction of village idiot Sylhetis is so accurate, and that is what we have in Brick Lane at the moment. And the neaderthal response to the film is just perfect.

    When they stop breeding with their cousins over generations, perhaps they’ll become more useful parts of the community, able to appreciate films.

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