How Mother Language Day was born from this country's fight for its mother tongue
International Mother Language Day, which falls on 21 February, has been recognised by the UN since 1999. However, this celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity has its roots in a 1950s movement that fought for the right to speak Bangla in Bangladesh, then called East Pakistan.
Last week I took part in a competition in one my subject in this semester called "Moving Text". The task was either to create a 3-panel adaptation of any classic novel, Lisa Brown's "Long Story Short" style, or to write a David Bader style haiku about that. I decided to do the 3-panel version, and fortunately won a Jane Austen book! :)
(Public domain image) So, before I had to dive in into the mysterious moors of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, I was thinking to watch a movie adaptation of it, just to get a heads-up about the story-line. Usually I don't do this. I am a proud member of the club called "the book was better". But because this book was meant to be read as a textbook, not entirely for pleasure, I chose to attack the story by all means I get my hands on. I searched for it in Prime Video, found three movies, one was made in 1939, the other two were in some later years. I'm not sure why, I chose to watch the 1939 version. Probably because, in the back of my mind, I was expecting it to be closer to the original novel. So I watched it, and then read the book. And found out that the movie cut off the entire volume 2 of the book! I was really disappointed. But at the same time, it felt good to know that the book shall be better, always. :)