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

Fact 26 – There is an amazing amount of literature in Sanskrit

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

Fact 1 – Sanskrit is 6000 years old or older (excerpt from the upcoming book “Our Mother Tongue: 108 Facts about 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”)

Sanskrit – 108 Facts about Our Mother Tongue

Have completed writing a book called "Sanskrit: 108 Facts about Our Mother Tongue". Have added some sections of the book as posts in this website. A synopsis of the book (also available here. Also on YouTube here) Sanskrit: 108 Facts about Our Mother Tongue There is a great revival of interest in the Sanskrit language. … Continue reading Sanskrit – 108 Facts about Our Mother Tongue

Lesson 49 – Analysis of a hymn from The Rig Veda (RV 1.1)

A short YouTube version is available here. [Expand to the full article to be able to click on the link]. In the last lesson, Lesson 48, we looked at some of the key features of Vedic Sanskrit, like Sandhis, Infinitives etc. In this lesson we will analyse the first hymn from the Rig Veda. This is a … Continue reading Lesson 49 – Analysis of a hymn from The Rig Veda (RV 1.1)