The story is true… and to be continued…
Quick comment on the exchange rate. Depending on when you guys met, the rupee is about 46 rupees to a dollar, so 500 rupees is about ~$11. Unless we are talking about the late 80s or very early 90s.
Oh, and for whatever reason, in Safari (Safari 3 latest beta on Mac OS X) the form fields above are not showing the titles of what needs to be filled in (Name, Email and URL).
Vivek – you’re absolutely right. It is around $11.00 – I’ll fix it in the ‘toon. Thanks for the correction! 🙂
…and I’m seeing the same problem with the field entry in Safari 3 beta and Firefox on the Mac. Let me see what I can do to fix it.
Ah! Found the problem – it was a pesky CSS color – happily the text next to the comment entry field now shows up.
Dude! You mention that the “Shastri” reads from Sanskrit texts. But that piece in the second panel is in Hindi and that too, colloquial! The script is Devanagari alright as is the case with Sanskrit as well but the text in this case is Hindi, not Sanskrit!
So you were conned royally! But speaking of charlatans, aren’t all soothsayers in the same category, Indian, Western, Oriental or otherwise?
But Hindi and Sanskrit are very similar in structure. Aarti wrote that bit of Hindi text for me. And, as for being conned – things aren’t always quite what they seem to be. Stay ‘tooned…
The only similarity between Hindi and Sanskrit is that these days Sanskrit utilizes the Devanagari script! [This was not the case few centuries back!]
Sanskrit is grammatically a perfect language, which is more than one can say for Hindi or any other language!
Speaking of structures: Sanskrit allows for grammatical additives like case, pronouns, prepositions to be added to the word root as a prefix or suffix! After this, the words, so formed, can be placed in any order in the sentence and shall convey the same message always!
This is unlike Hindi and English where altering the order of words changes the sense conveyed: as in
“I am going” and “Am I going” convey very different messages! In Hindi without order of words, there is no meaning at all!
Whereas in Sanskrit: “Aham Gacchami” and “Gacchami aham” convey the same meaning “I am going”
[Sorry, unable to transliterate in Devanagari here! But you get the idea!]
Sorry for being a prick! Just thought you should know! 😉
Wow – okay, so I stand corrected. You wouldn’t happen to be from the Sanskrit Institute of Technology would you? 🙂
Hardly! All the Sanskrit that I know is limited to high school, but I took to studying languages and history as a hobby during my days at medical school! Kinda kept me off the PC and Internet bugs that had bitten me then and were eating into my productive time!
Sanskrit Institute of Technology? Now there is an entrepreneurial idea! 😉
So that isn’t Spanish?
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