Hergash launches book on Indian-Guyanese Words, Phrases

Hergash launches book on
Indian-Guyanese Words, Phrases


Harry Hergash  (left), presenting a copy of his publication to Dr. Frank Anthony, Guyana’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in his office in Georgetown

In this year of the 175th Anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Guyana, Harry Hergash, president of the University of Guyana Guild of Graduates, Ontario, and a member of the Canada Guyana Forum, has just released in Guyana and in Toronto a publication titled “A Collection of Indian-Guyanese Words and Phrases and Their Meanings”.  

He points out that historians now refer to the language of the majority of the Indian immigrants who came to Guyana (then British Guiana) to work on the sugar plantations during the period 1838 to 1917 as Bhojpuri. However, Bhojpuri was one of many Hindi dialects that were spoken by these north Indians and their descendants, and they called their language Hindustani.

Hergash believes that language is an integral part of a people’s culture and this aspect of cultural preservation is the main reason for the book. According to him, Guyanese Hindustani is now almost extinct as a spoken language and his publication is intended to provide a record of the many words and phrases used by the immigrants and their descendants.

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  • Sankat  On November 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Do you have an e-mail address for Mr. Hergash or know where we can purchase this book?

    • guyaneseonline  On November 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      In Guyana, the book is available for sale at Austin’s Book Services, 190 Church Street,
      “The book is available in Canada at Charlie’s West Indian Food Mart, 3057
      Hurontario St, Mississauga, Ontario, Tel. 905-896-3663 or from the author,
      Tel. 416-626-2897.

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