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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 14, 2008 3 Comments

The King of Bombaria (“Bombagharer Raja”)

In the land of Bombaria,
The customs are peculiar.
The king, for instance, advocates
Gilded frames for chocolates.
The queen, who seldom goes to bed
Straps a pillow round her head.
The courtiers—or so I am told—
Turn cartwheels when they have a cold

… The King’s old aunt—an autocrat—
Hits pumpkins with her cricket bat
While Uncle loves to […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 12, 2008 2 Comments

Ajit Balakrishnan, the CEO of Indian’s fifth largest web portal, Rediff.com, argued recently that data collected over the last decade suggests no evidence that Indian Internet users “want Indian languages.” He went on to state that “practically all of the 300 million young people who aspire to something in this country aspire […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 6, 2008 No Comment

पानी हूँ या मैं आग हूँ, यह पास आ के देख।
क्या है मेरा मिजाज, यह मुझमें समा के देख।

Water, or am I fire, come near and see…
To know me, surrender to me, and see
…”

-seduces Karsh Kale (in Hindi) in Youki‘s masterpiece.

Surrender is inevitable.

And so, in the language of […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 4, 2008 3 Comments

The New York Times‘ book blog, the aptly titled “Paper Cuts,” carries a post about a recent UC Press book entitled “One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost,” edited by Peter K. Austin. The description includes this alarming line: “There are more than six thousand languages used around the world today, although […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 28, 2008 5 Comments

Thick black smoke is curling out of the ornate windows of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, and the sound of intermittent gunfire is punctuating the speech of the cowering CNN-IBN reporter. Stray dogs are barking continuously in the background, struggling to be heard over the gunfire and the explosions. There is yelling, there […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 14, 2008 No Comment
The L-Word

What’s your favorite word in another language? Why?” asks a prompt on this site. English being an “another language” for me, here’s my favorite word: “Love.” My linguistic history with the word has been a long one, probably going back two and a half decades, though I did not ever utter it to another person […]

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