Sunday, 4 January 2009

A punjabi proverb

An extremely inappropriate topic to start off with my first post for the new year but like i have done something good on this blog before. totally justified right ? :D

"Sochi paiya tay bunda giya"

For those who cannot read roman Punjabi/ Urdu i have made efforts to translate the desi proverb often found written on rickshaws and other colourful public transport. This line made me think a bit for what could be the appropriate translation. Here are my attempts and of what i asked some people around me.

thinking is injurious to health :p

thinking on, man gone

then came some kids and i thought what would be better, lets ask the little geniuses. this is what they said.

sit thinking and man sits forever
a seven year

when you think a lot on something, you are never able to make a decision
a 12 year

i then asked a four year old and she whispered in my ear: *phhooooooo*, a long hard breath that resulted in a lot of tickling

As for the proverb. whoever said it, said it right!

i forgot to mention smacula's contribution in coming up with this post :p

be impulsive


Abdul Sami said...

my credit???

M. Umer Toor said...

i liked the punjabi proverb...!

Daanish said...

I think it means:ACT FAST !

M. Umer Toor said...

"I think it means..."

Daanish! you got it wrong. It says: don't think so much such that you are forced to admit you "I think" :DDD

Tazeen said...


loved it.

Somehow the essence of a proverb always gets lost in translation

Azra said...

Yeah...sometimes we think too much and "do" too little :)

Mubi said...

lol, sami, i will update my post :$

daanish, or it means dont act at all :p

hahaha, umer, i am waiting for daanish to come back here:p

tazeen, i agree, and proverbs like these can never be justified on translation :p

azra, ughh i do that!!!! :(

Abdul Sami said...

lol.. thanks :D

Destitute Rebel said...

A common trait, thinking too much and doing less, I do it all the time and then hate myself for it.

Anonymous said...

The seven year old one had the best insight.

lost in rome said...

it means don't procrastinate!!!
but ya hum ja sa logoon k liya nai ha ...i mean ha tuo sahi but its bhans k aga beeen bajana... now translata this

Mubi said...

Rebel, me too :(

specy, finally someone mentioned something about the kids' reply too :D

lost in rome, lol kahan say yaad agaya yeh :p ok leme try

playing flute in front of the buffalo :p

uglyduckling91 said...

Where's the update? :'(

Anonymous said...

mashAllah, kids can be so insightful :)

Mubi said...

beaugly, you are right..where did the update go :S i did do it though!!

exquisite, :) its fun to be with kids!!!!!!!

Mubi said...

beaugly, click on the original post option on this comment page and its there :D

lost in rome said...

lol ya right,ur current score is score 1oo on 1oo.

uglyduckling91 said...

Something's wrong with my blogger. :(


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