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Hindi Lineage and the Family Tree Posted by on Oct 26, 2021

Family Tree Hindi has an interesting दिलचस्प position in its family tree. The Indo-European family begot the Indo-Iranian family which begot the Indo-Aryan family who begot Hindi. Therefore, ironically विडम्बना से, it begs the question, is the Hindi we speak today begotten from Urdu? That would cause a minor अवयस्क uproar in itself given the…

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Hindi and Urdu – Siblings in Crisis Posted by on Oct 21, 2021

This week Urdu caused an uproar कोलाहल on social media. She was in an ad that called for the celebration कोलाहल of Diwali using the phrase, Jashn-e-Riwaaz, which means ‘celebration of rituals and traditions’.  The ad written in English was for a clothing and housewares brand called Fabindia. The retailer खुदरा withdrew the advertisement in…

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What is Vastu Shastra? Posted by on Oct 13, 2021

China has its ancient practice प्राचीन प्रथा of Feng Shui. India has the Vastu Shastra. Origins The word Vastu – comes from the root word, Vas – meaning to live, dwell, stay or reside. Shastra means teaching or doctrine. So, Vastu  Shastra is the science or doctrine of dwelling आवास. We live most of our…

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What is the Manasollasa? Posted by on Oct 12, 2021

Have you ever wondered what medieval मध्ययुगीन kings ate? Some movies depict large abundantly filled tables with fruit, goblets प्याला, massive roasted meat भुना हुआ मांस, etc. But seriously, what did they eat? During the research on Malik Ambar’s life, I thought about what people in the Deccan Plateau दक्कन का पठार, at that time…

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Mandarin, French, Spanish or Sanskrit? Posted by on Oct 7, 2021

Ask any student छात्र in Delhi, what language they want to learn and they will answer, Chinese, French or Spanish. So, why don’t school kids choose चुनें the ‘mother‘ of all languages so to speak? From the gypsies of the Thar desert to the African immigrants आप्रवासी of the Deccan Plateau, many languages in India…

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Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya Gypsies Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Rajasthan’s Thar desert is known for its scorching जलानेवाला sand and rugged बीहड़ terrain filled with snakes and other venomous creatures. This is where the Kalbeliya Gypsies कंजर जाति choose to live. Kalbeliya is from the word ‘kal’  meaning death मौत. The word Kalbeliya connotes victory विजय over poisonous snakes and death. Snake charmers, Shepherds…

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India’s Africans – Notable Indian Siddis Posted by on Sep 22, 2021

The Siddis are a small tribal जनजातीय community of approximately 50, 000 people residing in the states of Karnataka, Gujarat and surrounding आस – पास का areas. These tribes came to India in the 5th or 6th century as slaves. Portuguese and Arab traders व्यापारी picked them from the Bantu tribes of Ethiopia, Somalia, and…

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