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To decolonise and heal, baby steps first. Introducing In the pursuit of my માતૃભાષા, مادری زبان , मातृभाषा, Mother Tongue podcast with Safiya Amina (previously known as The Mother Tongue Over and Above the English Language). The podcast has evolved and the title to match. In the pursuit of my Mother Tongue podcast is Safiya Amina's personal journey through decolonising her languages. Readings will include essays, poems, extracts of fiction and non-fiction originally written in Gujarati, Hind ...
 
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Episode 5, Allama Mohammad Iqbal and T.S. Eliot The love and admiration for these poets is still alive and kicking today. For me, when dad talked about poetry, he began with Iqbal and Eliot’s Four Quartets I bought many years ago, second-hand. The wear and tear of the pages is all down to me. I will be reading Aqal-e-Dil the Intellect and the Heart…
 
Ep.4 The poetry of Mirza Ghalib and Seamus Heaney I have translated two of Ghalib’s poetry. One has been translated into a letter. I did not have the courage to translate Heaney’s poem Digging into a poem. I did try. I translated the poem into a letter. I think it’s because of the book on the previous episode, The Letters of Sylvia Plath.…
 
A reading of the poems by Naaz (Meena Kumari) and the letters of Sylvia Plath. A poem by Naaz has been translated to English and a letter by Plath has been translated to Urdu. I changed the readings for this episode as a reaction to the recent rapes and murders of women. The episode features Gujarat, Urdu and English Follow this podcast and me on T…
 
A reading of Kefiyat, a poem by Suresh Dalal, in Gujarati with an idea/short reflection in English. The courage it takes to smile and the courage it takes to convince yourself you can carry on. Realising the joy and strength you have when you do. The introduction and the ending are longer than what they normally will be but necessary for the first …
 
The first episode for The Mother Tongue Over And Above the English Language. The introduction and the ending are longer than what they normally will be but necessary for the first episode. In Gujarati, my mother tongue, and then in English, in case this needed pointing out. A reading of Audrey Lorde's short and powerful essay, The Master's Tools Wi…
 
Introducing In the pursuit of my માતૃભાષા, مادری زبان , मातृभाषा, Mother Tongue with Safiya Amina. I'm Safiya Amina, founder and editor of ૧૦:૧૦ Press and author of 06-C-33. A trailer to introduce the rhythm and rhyme of how the podcast will be: in English and alternating between my mother tongue of Gujarati, then Hindi or Urdu. For the next two to…
 
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