Category Archives: Language

Dr. Ballantyne and his quest for Hindi language

In 1840s, a certain Dr. J. R. Ballantyne was the principal of the Benaras College. The  Education Department’s Annual report of 1846-47 tells of him making several attempts to “improve” the Hindi style of his students. The result, it appears … Continue reading

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Word meaning : Gymkhana

The word ‘Gymkhana’ often appears on our campus. History of this word can be found in following passage in a book.  At British Cricket Clubs in colonial India, Ramachandra Guha wrote, …  food served and entertainment were English, the wine … Continue reading

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The English Language : Put up your dukes!

Meaning : Put up your fists and get ready to fight. This link claims that one can not be sure of origin of this phrase. Among three explanation given here, none make sense to me. S. Upendran writing in The … Continue reading

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The Hindi Language : Purusha

Now this word पुरुष (purush) means “a man” in Sanskrit and and other related languages of Hindi and Bangla and possibly others also. In rig-veda this word used to mean both woman and man. Sanskrit was very gender neutral language. … Continue reading

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Whats there in a Language?

Language is probably the thing we get least curious about. And there are reasons. You can easily get curious about a building than a brick. Or if you are looking at a brick, there are more chances of you getting … Continue reading

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