Category Archives: Hindi 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 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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