Ok, ok,… Don’t get excited, I’m not talking about any person here, but about my sudden attraction towards Konkani language and Goan culture in general. Here is something I know:
Konkani and Marathi are thought as sisters, but on first introduction, it sounded way different to me. (My mother tongue is Marathi, btw). Konkani uses Devnagri script. It is spoken along the entire west coast of India- from Mumbai to Kerala. On the way it gets influenced by flatter Marathi words in Maharashtra, and as you move south, it has abundant usage of Kannada words. Konkani of Kerala is drenched in Malayalam. Goans however are known to use Portuguese words liberally and stretch words with sharper accents, so that no outsider can understand!
Historical evidence suggests that this language was brought by the Aryans, who were initially settled on the banks of the mythological river Saraswati (hence called Saraswat Brahmins).
I’ll learn it soon….