"This was taught to my father aged 6 in 1913 by his ayah (Indian nursemaid ) and he taught it to me by ear so I only know it phonetically! What is quite interesting to me is that it must be fairly authentic because I recited it to an Indian security officer in Singapore in 1969 when I was in the merchant navy and he said I had a very heavy Bengali accent!" -Jon
Humpty dumpty chad gaya chat pe,
Humpty dumpty gir gaya phat se,
Raja ke aadmi aur raja ke ghode,
Humpty ko waapis jod na sake.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.
Humpty Dumpty is a riddle. The question is what is Humpty Dumpty? The answer is that he's an egg.
"I'm from England but this tale came from my grandfather who was chief of police in part of India for many years. My father and all his siblings were born there and returned to England later. And coincidentally 1880's would also have been my grandfathers era." -Jon
If anyone can send us the computer generated Urdu text for Humty Dumpty, please email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa
Here's the pronunciation in Jon's recording below:
Humpety dumpety karaka chat
Humpety dumpety geergia paht
Raje ke admi e raja ke gora
Humpety dumpety kokovadi jora
Thanks to Jon Hayter for reciting this for us!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Thanks to Jon Hayter for sharing this rhyme with us!