Mobile phone

Mobile Phone, Cell Phone, 携帯電話 !!!

Some thing that was not existent two decades ago has gone on to become the most visible thing in todays’ world, such has been its impact that to survive today you need ‘Food, Shelter, Clothing and a MOBILE PHONE’. Unbelievable.After the television and the phone before (how can we forget our landlines), personal computer, the mobile phone has been an awesome discovery.

In Sanskrit the mobile phone would be called as भ्रमणध्वनि ( bhramaNadhvani ) or चरदूरध्वनि ( charaduuradhvani ) here

भ्रमण ( bhramaNa ) means roaming, roam about,

चर (chara ) has many meanings but here it means moving,

दूर (duura ) means far,

ध्वनि (dhvani ) means sound.

Wow, while breaking up the above words I realized the method is similar to Japanese where 携帯 (keitai ) means handheld and 電話 ( denwa ) means telephone and English as well mobile + phone.

These things are really getting me thinking and making it exciting.

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Mahabharat

“यदा यदा ही धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत, अभ्युथानम् अधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् |
परित्राणाय साधुनाम विनाशाय च: दुष्कृताम, धर्मं संस्थापनार्थाय सम्भावामी युगे युगे ||”

This verse from the Bhagavad Gita is ironed into my mind and most of the people who have watched Mahabharat TV serial. I never understood what it meant never even tried, I still don’t know the meaning but I would learn about it gradually as I study Sanskrit.

Coming to TV serials the kind of following they had in the 90’s that is really impressive and hard to find today, but back then it was just Doordarshan that we watched there was no distraction of so many channels bombarded on you that you are lost of choice. Ramayan, Mahabharat, Chandrakanta, Malgudi Days, Chitrahaar, Jai Hanuman, Bomkesh Bakshi, The Great Maratha ….. the list just goes on, feeling nostalgic a ride through memory lane.

Friday the 13th

I create my new blog on Friday the 13th can’t believe it, its not that bad a day just one bad memory of losing an inter school football final and we managed to get our selves in the local news papers with the heading ‘Friday the 13th’ and since then it some how has managed  to stick in my head. For the record we beat the same team the following year and went on to win the district title. But still that defeat did hurt, wow school years full of innocence some how we find a way to lose it as we grow.

Give me some sunshine,

Give me some rain,

Give me another chance,

I want to grow up once again.

Studying Sanskrit

Wow I always dreamed of this but some how I took a very long route to come this conclusion that I should be studying Sanskrit. I began my language study journey with Japanese which I am perusing for professional reason and would be giving the JLPT N3 in July and then N2 later in December by that time I will be fluent in Japanese. I wanted to learn another language along with Japanese, so the next obvious choice was Chinese which seems to have similar characters but it had various tones to memorize and it would create confusion with my Japanese study as the same characters have different meanings and sounds, so I abandoned it.

My next stop was in Europe trying to learn German as English and German are part of the same family but I did not find it interesting so soon I took off  from Europe back to East Asia. Now after googling for some time I found that Korean and Japanese have similar sentence structure and I even studied the Korean alphabet the ‘Hangul’ which is pretty easy learning the basic characters but again it was kind off getting in the way of Japanese study which is my primary goal so I abandoned that as well.

The I was back to the sub continent trying to learn Urdu which is like the twin of Hindi just written in a modified Arabic script, the script is wonderful but the left to right writing is quite a challenge and I had not much time for that but it one of the language I would love to study in the future. Next to the east of India flirting with Bangla the characters are different from the Devanagari script though not that tough, but I decided t keep it for my later study list.

Then came the big decision I said to my self rather than beating around the bush why don’t I learn Sanskrit the mother of all Indian languages and the one which had as special place in my heart. So here I am finally in Sanskrit land the place where I can be at peace with my self and I hope it  helps me get the best out of me. I know studying Sanskrit would be a big ask as it has tons of grammar rules to be learned and understood but hey nothing is easy in life, so here I go …..

नमोनमः

Here I start a new journey in the study of Sanskrit, I’m proficient in Hindi and English and Marathi is my mother tongue. I have an advantage of knowing the Devanagari script and sounds which is used for writing Hindi and Marathi, so I have an head start in Sanskrit compared to learning Japanese which I had to learn from scratch.

Sanskrit has always fascinated me with kind of history and aura it has, it will be my goal to become proficient in it. I would also like to include some Japanese, Hindi and Marathi as well in this blog. By the way I’m not that good at blogging, hats off to those people who can express themselves in writing. Lets see how good I can get.

I have been studying Japanese for some time now and the more I study about the language the more I respect our languages for the knowledge, structure and everything. Simple things like put a line above each letter that groups a word together now seems fascinating to me. Just hope to keep this desire burning and learn as much as I can.