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Go blogging in Sanskrit

Bloggers are now choosing to post articles in one of the most ancient languages.

entertainment Updated: Jan 17, 2010 18:04 IST
Tripti Sharma

Now you can read and post blogs on the Internet in Sanskrit, that ancient language which some thought was becoming extinct. Sites and blogs such as

samskrute.blogspot.com

,

sanskritvoice.com

and

sanskritam.ning.com

have articles, which are written purely in Sanskrit. For those who can’t understand the language, there are websites with English translations. Some committed Sanskritophiles are also writing Sanskrit blogs, but in English alphabets.



“One of the lesser explored aspects of blogging is that it provides an opportunity to revive classical languages. You can also use them to exchange ideas with people from around the world,” posts blogger Abhilash on his blog,

Hindu Blog

.



Some of the popular Sanskrit-language blogs are

Samskritam

by Kartik and

Vadatu Sanskritam

by Narasimha. “It gives me great pleasure to see this blog evolve,” posts Aditya, a commentator on

Vadatu Sanskritam

.



Saving the roots


To facilitate using Sanskrit on the net, there is also a downloadable Sanskrit Toolbar for popular web browsers. “I love Sanskrit. It is the greatest of all languages but our misfortune is that it is getting extinct,” said Jugal Wagh, a member of an online Sanskrit-language group on Facebook.



“When I first heard about these blogs, I was enlightened by the idea. There can’t be anything better than this,” says Jyoti Haldar, Sanskrit teacher, St Mark’s Public School, Meera Bagh.



Bloggers are also using free downloadable softwares that enable a real time translation of English phrases to Sanskrit. “It’s an amazing effort to preserve one of the oldest languages of the world,” writes blogger Prabhav Joshi.