Google Pakistan, fix your Punjabi.

I just found that Google has a Google Pakistan site, and it offers both Urdu and Punjabi language. The Urdu portion works properly and uses the correct arabic script/fonts but the Punjabi script is actually incorrect. I suppose this is a bit of a cultural faux pas on Googles part, although I can't really blame them for the honest mistake. It's not easy to understand the intricacies of other cultures and languages, especially in this case.

The problem is that displays Punjabi in the Gurmukhi script, when it should actually be in the Arabic script. Gurmukhi is the script used for the Punjabi language in India, but Arabic script is used in Pakistan. The difference is quite severe, I can read arabic script but can't read a single thing in Gurmukhi.

Anyways, the point is, needs to change the script for Punjabi over to arabic. Incidentally, almost 60% of the Pakistani population is Punjabi speaking.

ObHistoryLesson> The image to the left shows a sufi saints tomb in Jalalpur Sharif, Punjab, Pakistan. Jalalpur Sharif is also the location where Alexander fought with the leader of the area, Porus. Alexandars famous horse, Bucephalus is also buried nearby. [more historial info] Oh, and they use arabic script for Punjabi in Jalalpur Sharif. ;)


I love the look of Urdu - it looks like standard Arabic written with a flourish and then tilted 15 degrees.

Posted by Christopher Saul on October 11, 2005 at 11:45 PM PDT #

Chris, I'm amazed! I swear you've hit it right on the head!

Posted by Moazam on October 12, 2005 at 02:35 AM PDT #

I thought that Gurmukhi is also used in Pakistan too? Why is it different? I am used to reading Urdu stuff in Devanagari, especially the sher-o-shayari.

Posted by Amit Kulkarni on October 16, 2005 at 01:53 PM PDT #

Though I must confess, I haven't read anything other than English in a pretty long while, since 1996 I guess.

Posted by Amit Kulkarni on October 16, 2005 at 01:54 PM PDT #

Maybe you should petition the Pakistani government to support Punjabi in any script? They seem quite intent on killing it...

Posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2006 at 02:03 AM PDT #

I emailed them about are absolutely right...

Posted by Ali on April 25, 2007 at 04:25 PM PDT #

Yup, if you hit it take you to Gurmukhi Punjabi search on India page.

Strange 8|

Posted by Tahir on November 01, 2007 at 09:15 PM PDT #

Well i am a Pkiatani Punjabi speaking England dwelling person so i am really quite diverse and i think google should just support a site with punjabi but in english letters e.g. 'google te labbho' that way you get the best of both worlds!!!
chow for now!

Posted by Nadia on February 02, 2008 at 07:19 PM PST #

My best web site is gooooogle.

Posted by samee ullah on February 25, 2008 at 03:16 PM PST #

Please add in your languages list "Pakistani Punjabi Alphabets"

Posted by Malik Ahmed Latif on May 05, 2008 at 09:19 PM PDT #

i want to talk ummehani

Posted by i want to find a girl name ummehani jawad from pakistan pls tell me where she is on June 23, 2008 at 09:07 PM PDT #

Stopgap measure in the meantime: The Sangam Gurmukhi to Shahmukhi converter (click my name)

Posted by Eric Vinyl on July 07, 2008 at 08:26 AM PDT #

Thanks Moazam for raising up this point. welcome to JHELUM' the JALALPUR SHARIF's District !

Posted by Shahzad Khan on January 07, 2009 at 11:50 PM PST #

no no i am not agree with this. write Punjabi in Punjabi! Punjabi is Punjabi u can't just write it by using any other letters. Punjabi has its own alphabets in which it is supposed to be written. which is Gurmukhi. Pakistan doesn't has any grammar for Punjabi language, but India do have it....

Posted by mohit on November 12, 2009 at 12:23 AM PST #

hey @ mohit dear.............punjabi has its own script agree which is shahmukhi which BABA FAREED made by changing persian script in its shapes and pronounciations...........dear my.........shahmukhi was made in 11th centry and gur in 15th century so shahmukhi is the original and old script to write punjabi and majority of punjabis live in pakisatan about 78 percent of punjabis are muslims and they use shahmukhi script,.............later on urdu came in existance inn 17th century and they adopted shahmukhi script too...........percian script has 31 alphabets and shahmukhi has 48 u can see diff from here.......ur rubbish script is off short of devnagri

Posted by Arslan Ahmad on May 19, 2010 at 12:40 AM PDT #

arslan .... it's still the same language at the end of the day and the two official recognised scripts are Shahmukhi and Gurmukhi as you have said already... it's very immature behaviour to degrade other scripts... if we want people to respect us we should learn how to respect others as well

Posted by max khan on September 19, 2010 at 04:18 AM PDT #

Perhaps our valued writers, poets and journalist of India may not be aware that now a large number of Pakistani punjabi writers have learned Gurmukhi Punjabi but they write in persian punjabi fluently. It does not matter to write in Gurmukhi or persian punjabi. The hilarious point is that the hearts of the punjabis of Pakistan do throb with the hearts of the Indian Punjabi. I am an ordinary writer. I have learnt both scripts. I have rendered a lot of Gurmukhi magazines like Preet Lari andothers into our persian punjabi. Our renowned Monthly magazine 'LEHRAN' published by Dr.Akhtar Husain Akhtar deserves all kudos to do this service despite his limited sources. My most of the translations from Gurmukhi to Farsi Punjabi get published therein for the last 25 years.
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Posted by Rana Mohammad Sharif 'Aarpan' on November 17, 2010 at 04:08 AM PST #


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