To write or not to write…

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A calendar conundrum – Was the identity of the Pandavas exposed before the end of the exile/ incognito period?

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Calendars of India - Theory and Practice This video on YouTube gives a summary of this post. Envious of the wealth of the Pandavas and enraged at the insults from the Pandavas when he visits their palace in Indraprastha, Duryodhana, at the advice of his uncle Shakuni, … Continue reading A calendar conundrum – Was the identity of the Pandavas exposed before the end of the exile/ incognito period?

A quick note on the Yoga in the Panchanga

(A more detailed version of this will be incorporated in my upcoming book: Calendars of India; Theory and Practice) The Panchanga (pañcāṅgam) is an almanac that is based on the traditional Indian system of timekeeping. It lists the five key attributes (properties) of each day in a tabulated form (pañcāṅgam means ‘having five limbs’). The … Continue reading A quick note on the Yoga in the Panchanga

Calendars of India: Theory and Practice – Book in the Workshop

These days, there is an upswell of interest in Indian mathematics, Indian astronomy and Indian religions, observances and festivals. Most of these observances and festivals are celebrated on particular dates of one calendar or the other. For example, the birthday of Lord Rama, one of the most important deities of veneration among Indians, is celebrated … Continue reading Calendars of India: Theory and Practice – Book in the Workshop

Fact 102 – Some interesting words in our Mother Tongue

Am listing a few interesting words here. Vaidya: This word means ‘knowing, learned etc.”. In usage now it has come to mean ‘physician’. Interestingly, this word has had a parallel evolution in English. The word ‘doctor’ in English also means, ‘learned, teacher etc.’, as you can see used in the word ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (PhD). … Continue reading Fact 102 – Some interesting words in our Mother Tongue

Fact 94 – There was a school of Sanskrit analysis that was based on semantics (including thoughts on NASA’s paper “Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence”)

Semantics is the study of words, and relationships between them and how we interpret them to derive meanings. Different words, and word and sentence constructions can be interpreted differently by different people depending on the context. The word indraśatru, for example, could be interpreted in two ways – Indra’s killer or he-who-is killed-by Indra. In … Continue reading Fact 94 – There was a school of Sanskrit analysis that was based on semantics (including thoughts on NASA’s paper “Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence”)

Podcasts on Sanskrit Language

Have started a podcast series with excerpts from my upcoming book - "Our Mother Tongue: 108 facts about Sanskrit". Please visit my podcast website for details. These podcasts have been uploaded and are available on all standard platforms: iTunes (Apple Podcasts),  Google Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, Breaker, TuneIn, Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Radio Public and Hubhopper.  (It … Continue reading Podcasts on Sanskrit Language

Fact 14 – Sanskrit alphabet is scientifically arranged

Some selected parts of “Fact 14 – Sanskrit alphabet is scientifically arranged”, excerpt from my upcoming book, “Our Mother Tongue: 108 Facts about Sanskrit”, have been uploaded into this page "Sanskrit Alphabet." This page replaces the old "Alphabet" page.  

Fact 38 – Yāska was the greatest etymologist of our Mother Tongue

This excerpt is also available on YouTube. Click here. Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their meanings. Nirukta is the word used in Sanskrit to refer to one of the ancillary sciences connected to the Vedas, which covers etymology, and studies the interpretation of the words in the Vedas. The most … Continue reading Fact 38 – Yāska was the greatest etymologist of our Mother Tongue

The Five Values (and the Ten Principles) of Writing as Enjoyment

In my experience as a writer, I have come to believe in the following values and principles as paramount in ‘writing as enjoyment’. [Please go to my author website to read the detailed article.] Values Writing the book over publishing the book Enjoying the writing over enjoying the end product Starting the writing over planning … Continue reading The Five Values (and the Ten Principles) of Writing as Enjoyment