Love Rasa and Kālidāsa

Love Rasa and Kālidāsa

Life is nought without emotions. The famous French philosopher Descartes famously said, “I think therefore I am”.  But after reading the lyric poem, Meghadūt, I feel that author Kālidāsa—albeit a predecessor of Descartes by several centuries—would have countered him...
The Origins of Hindi

The Origins of Hindi

A major modern South Asian language, Hindi is spoken and understood by more than half a billion people in India and in other parts of the world where the Indian diaspora has settled. The language is written in Devanagari, a script derived from the ancient Brahmi...
Learning Nastaliq: A Journey through Time

Learning Nastaliq: A Journey through Time

Learning Urdu is akin to time travel. The learner — otherwise seldom in contact with Urdu-speaking environments — suddenly finds herself transported to the gleeful streets of the 13th and 14th century Nizammudin or to the gloom of 19th century Old Delhi...
Meet Our Interns

Meet Our Interns

Ciao! Namaste! Zabaan is excited to welcome three interns from Italy as part of a partnership with Sarasvati Association, a newly born cultural non-profit organization that promotes the development of Indian studies and research in Italy. They join us from Ca’ Foscari...
What’s wrong with English spelling?

What’s wrong with English spelling?

  Although spoken English is quite easy to learn, a fact that certainly in part helped to make it the most commonly learnt second language on the planet, English is also one of the toughest languages for any learner to master, native or not, as far as its spelling is...