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
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”)
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
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.
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
This excerpt is also available on YouTube. Click here. Thomas Macaulay, who played a major role in the introduction of English and western concepts to education in India, in his ‘Minute on Indian Education’ of February 1835, said ‘I have no knowledge of either Sanskrit or Arabic. But I have done what I could to … Continue reading Fact 26 – There is an amazing amount of literature in Sanskrit
This excerpt is also available on YouTube. Click here. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, in his book “The Orion, or Researches into the Antiquity of the Vedas”, has shown, based on internal evidence (using astronomical references) of the Vedas, that the R̥g Veda and some of the portions of the Yajur Vedic Samhitas are at least 6000 years … Continue reading Fact 1 – Sanskrit is 6000 years old or older (excerpt from the upcoming book “Our Mother Tongue: 108 Facts about Sanskrit”)
Have completed writing a book called "Our Mother Tongue: 108 Facts about Sanskrit." I intend to add some sections of the book as posts in this website soon. A synopsis of the book (also available here. Also on YouTube here) Our Mother Tongue: 108 facts about Sanskrit There is a great revival of interest in … Continue reading Our Mother Tongue – 108 Facts about Sanskrit