Proverbs in daily life ….

Proverbs in daily life …. 

My late mother and father were  very fond of quoting proverbs while talking. Slowly, I too developed a liking for proverbs and started collecting them and using them in my talks, much to the delight of my children and other friends.  

I will list out some such proverbs in common use in our homes, be they in Punjabi or in Hindi. 

I am sure there are similar proverbs in other languages as well.Proverbs add spice to our otherwise mundane talks.They convey convincingly  in a short crisp manner what one wants to say. 

I will begin with a common proverb in Hindi : Sawan ke andhe ko sab hara hi hara nazar aata hai.”   The literal meaning of this proverb is : “One who goes blind in spring, sees only greenery all around.”. 

This proverb is commonly used for people who fail to see reality, especially dire circumstances, when they have lived through prosperous times. 

Once I had discussed this proverb, in a lighter moment, in a class of some students. I posed them the question : Sawan ke andhe ko sab  hara hara hi kyun dikhayi deta ha? “  

They came out with their weird explanations ! 

Here are some of them at random :

1. Agar wo sachmuch me andha hai to fir usey hara hara bhi kyon dikhai deta hai…. Andhe insaan ko to kuch bhi nahi dikhai dena chahiey naan………  

(Meaning :If he is really blind,then why does he see only green …a blind person should not be able to see anything,no…?)

2. Iska reason ye ho sakta hai ki wo jis time andha hua tha…… us time wo kisi park ya garden me khada hoga or uske charo taraf hariyaali hogi……. Isliye use sab hara hara dikhta hai…….

(Meaning : The reason for this may be that at the time he became blind,he must have been standing in some park or a garden and there must have been greenery all around him.Therefore he must be seeing all things green ) 

 3. Woh Shri Krishan ji ya Ram ji ka bhakt hoga…… ya fir use Akshay Kumar ke gaane pasand honge….. for example……. “Hare Ram Hare Ram, Hare Krishna……. Teri akhein bhul bhulaiya”……  

(Meaning: He must be devotee of  Lord Rama or Lord Krishna,or he must be a lover of  actor Akshay Kumar’s songs for example…Harey Ram Harey Ram,Harey Krishna…Teri ankhein bhool bhulayia..) 

4. Kisi andhe ka mazaak udana achi baat nahi hai yaar….. chahe use hara hara dikhai de ya Laal Laal …… isse kya farak padta hai…….  

(Meaning : It is very bad to make fun of a blind person,dear friend.He may see green green or red red.What does it matter to to him?) 

5. Waise agar sawan ke andhe ko hara hara dikhai deta hai….. to winter ke andhe ko charo or Burf hi Burf dikhni chahie…… hai naan ?  

(Meaning : If a person gone blind in spring sees all green then a person gone blind in winter should see snow snow every where, isn’t it ?)

Now my dear friends, trying to find out the real meaning of this oft quoted proverb is like :Ghaas ke dher may sui khojna… “

Literal meaning of this proverb is : To search for a needle in haystack. It means a very difficult task.

So we will not waste any more time……..More next time…. 



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