Hot Off the Urdu Press – 10

Posted on March 17, 2010
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Media Matters, Urdu
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A friend of mine had once jokingly told me that

Poetry should be done in no other language than Urdu and news should be reported in no other language than English.

That comment was for lighter moments only but one can see such a stark contrast between Pakistan’s standard of Urdu and English press that at ATP we are now in Part 10 of highlighting these differences. I also want to take just this tid-bit liberty of generalizing that Urdu press stories seem to be cuter and more sensational than their English counterparts in Pakistan. Following is an example of a cute news in Urdu – reported 3 days ago.

(1) Naming Ceremony at Lahore Zoo For the 2 Lion Cubs
The translation goes like this: A ceremony was held at Lahore Zoo to name the two cubs of a Africa babbar lion. What is the English word for babbar? Students from a private school attended the ceremony and named the two cubs as Ricky and Ticky. Father lion’s name is Jumbo and he is fifteen years old. Mother lion’s name is Fairy and she is thirteen.

A lion typically lives up to 12-14 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity. The daily food for a lion in Lahore zoo is 8-10 kg of meat and 1 litre of milk. The students also deposited one year worth of food expenses for the new borns with the Zoo administration.

(2) Pakistan is Facing Both Internal and External Threats: says M. Anwar

This one liner heading appeared in Urdu press a few days ago and made me smile. Either Mr. Anwar doesn’t think his audience have decent intellect or the news reporter thinks his/her readership is below par. Every child in Pakistan can tell that country is unfortunately surrounded by both internal and external threats these days. And by the way who is Mohammad Anwar? Ever heard of him?

(3) Japanese School Teaches How to Find a Good Life Partner

This news appeared in dil-chasp-o-ajeeb (Interesting and Strange) section of a Urdu daily. The news starts with a philosophical statement “It is only with (good) luck that one can find a good life partner” and then it continues like this:

There is a unique school in Tokyo which teaches tricks (Urdu word = gur) to people on how to find a good life partner. The ladies are taught habits of correctly walking and talking etc. They are also taught habits with which they can impress their in-laws. So far 30 people have taken admission here. There are separate (Urdu word = makhsoos) classes for gents. They are also taught tricks on how to find a good wife.

(4) Motorway: President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and Governers Are Exempt From Over-Speeding Laws.

This news item alone, because of its subject can become a separate post at ATP. Despite all the satire above, I want to credit Urdu press which brought this news into foray before any English daily could. It says that Inspector General of Pakistan Motorway Police has told Public Accounts Committee that President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and Governers are exempt from Over-speeding laws on Motorway. This facility has however been taken away from Ministers and other higher ranking officials (aala hukkaam)

This news does bring into light a very potent question of why there are separate laws for common people versus those in power ?

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13 responses to “Hot Off the Urdu Press – 10”

  1. ‘babbar shair’ is the ‘lion’ as opposed to the other shair, known in English as the ‘tiger’

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  3. Usman says:

    Substandard post. Yes urdu press does sensationalize things but i find nothing wrong in any of these filler news. I think you have only been reading Pakistani english newspaper and taking them as standard of english press.

    If you get time do try to read local news paper in US.

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