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Saturday, 23 June, 2007

Day 3 - Learning Malayalam Language(Modus-Operandi1)

Hi Guys! So let me unravel my modus-operandi for learning the consonants.

First, I went through the different consonants and tried to group the similar ones.
Rra (റ) and Ra (ര)
Pa (പ) and Va (വ)
Cha (ച) and Chha(ഛ) and so on.

This helped me recognise some of the basic letters.
They were:

Rra (റ) [most basic, used in creating many letter ]
Pa (പ) [smaller hump, longer '_'line ]
Va (വ) [bigger hump, smaller '_'line ]
Cha (ച) [similar to Pa, but hump doent touch ground]
Ga (ഗ) [similar to infinity symbol or S turned by 90deg anti-clockwise ]
da (ദ)
Na (ന)
Ta (ത)
I used them as building blocks for other letters!

Then I took 5 letters at a time(ie. a row at a time).

ക ഖ ഗ ഘ ങ (Ka Kha Ga Gha Nga)

I found (Ka) to be similar to hindi Ka( ). Just replace the middle with oval 0

Curl the left leg of Rra() part of Va() initially to obtain it.

The infinity type

Write a Pa(), then take its antenna( ie the up pointing tail), draw a small hump to left followed by a L and a mirror image of L.
All those knowing hindi can do this ->
After writing Pa(), draw a इ kar on tail of Pa followed by L turned left. the hriswa इ
kar is in between hump and tail of Pa()

Put a knote on left leg n write Rra() first; then join it to da()

The instructions given were to get you familiarised with the letters.
Therefore donot draw them.
Dont try drawing them in parts. Write them in one go.

After every 5 new letters I learn,I used to write them down many a times untill I remember them
ച ഛ ജ ഝ ഞ (Cha Chha Ja Jha Nja)

write Cha() first, then deerg इ kar followed by a knote on right leg.

write left leg knotted Rra()followed by another joined Rra(). then take it below as shown in letter.

write left leg knotted Rra() and join it to Ta()

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Thursday, 21 June, 2007

Day 2 - Learning Malayalam Language

Whoa Guys! This language has so many letters. On first look, it looks all the same.

Today, I learnt all the consonants. I hope I can remember them!

Generally, when a child learns malayalam language, he begins with Rra( ).
The reason being, Rra being the most easy and basic letter to draw for beginners.

But since i have already learnt Hindi / Marathi (Devnagari script), I found it easier to learn Malayalam letters from Ka Kha Ga Gha series.

I purposely avoided vowels as they are too complex to begin with.

These are the consonants.

ക ഖ ഗ ഘ ങ (Ka Kha Ga Gha Nga)

ച ഛ ജ ഝ ഞ
(Cha Chha Ja Jha Nja)

ട ഠ ഡ ഢ ണ
(Tta Ttha Dda Ddha Nna)

ത ഥ ദ ധ ന
(Ta Tha Da Dha Na)

പ ഫ ബ ഭ മ
(Pa Pha Ba Bha Ma)

യ ര ല വ ശ ഷ സ ഹ
(Ya Ra La Va Ssa Sha Sa Ha)

ള ഴ റ
( La [eg. Tilak] Zha [eg. Allapuzha] Rra)
But thats not the end. My next post will be my Modus Operandi to remember letters and write( initially it is drawing! )them properly.

Also I will give you excellent links for online help in this matter.

Do leave your comments

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Wednesday, 20 June, 2007

Day 1 - Learning Malayalam Language

Hi, there, so finally posting after a long long dormancy!

With the Exams over and a week in hand before getting back to studies, i decided to utilize this period constructively like never before.

I decided to learn to read and write in my mother-tongue, Malayalam.
Even though i tried it before also; i never tried it seriously enough.
This time however, i am determined to learn it.
Being born and brought up in an another state(Maharashtra), I can read, write and talk in English, Hindi, Marathi and to some extent Gujarati.
However I neglected my mother-tongue, and hence presently can only talk in Malayalam.

The language being my mother-tongue and since, i can talk fluently in it; I hope learning would be easier.
My Mother actively and enthusiastically teaches me with patience.
Even though, i found excellent sites for online help; I still feel a person around is better.

Everyday, I will be posting about my experience in learning the wonderful language,  Malayalam.
Check this out! The word Malayalam is a palindrome. WoW!
So expect posts from tomorrow!

I also found this site extremely useful -- Omniglot

See my all Malu Language posts

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Reservation in India

Tuesday, 12 June, 2007

Taj Mahal - The Epitome of Divine Sacred Love

Deacades, Centuries may pass, but the apostle of eternal LOVE, clothed in pure white marble stands immortal on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra(state: UP,India , near N-Delhi).

In the present age of infidelity and treachery, it still stands facing bravely the Pollution and encoachment while reminding us of the deep love the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan had for his wife.

Lets pay tribute by voting for TAJ in new 7 wonders selection.

Vote for Taj Mahal

This is an excellent photo taken by premasagar and posted here under CC licence from his flickr photo stream

Vote for Taj Mahal

Monday, 11 June, 2007

Ant and grasshopper Revisited

I suppose everyone might have heard of the "Ant and Grasshopper" story as a child.
If u havent, this is the original story

The ant worked hard all summer, building his house and stocking up supplies for the harsh winter. The grasshopper thinks ant is a fool and laughs and dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper neither has food nor shelter, so he dies out in the cold."

The Story has changed.

he Modern Version:

"When winter arrives,
The grasshopper calls a press conference & demands to know why ant should be allowed to be warm & well fed while others are cold and shivering.
Media shows up to provide pics of Shivering grasshopper next to video of an ant in his confortable home with a table filled with food.
The world is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor fellow is allowed to suffer so?

Activists stage a demonstartion in front of Ant's House.
They go on fast along with other grasshoppers demanding their relocation to warmer climates during winter.
International Charity Org. and World body criticizes the Indian govt for not upholding the fundamental rights of grasshopper.
Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper.
(many promising heaven and peace for support else Wrath of God)

Opposition in Indian Parliament stage a walk-out.
Left calls for "India Bandh" (ie. strike) in W.Bengal n Kerala
In Kerala, law is passed preventing Ants from working hard in heat to bring about Equality of Poverty
Rail Ministry allocates one free coach to grasshoppers on all Indian railway trains, called 'Grasshopper Rath'
POTAGA (Prevention Of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act) is passed.
Education Ministry, makes special reservations for them in edu. institutes and Govt services.

Ant is fined under POTAGA, house confiscated and handed over to Grasshopper in a cermony covered by Media.
Grasshopper is invited to address UN General Assembly.

Many years later.... Ant has migrated to US.
He sets up a multi-million $ company in Silicon Valley.
Hundreds of grasshoppers still die of stravation despite reservation somewhere in India.

As a result, we are loosing a lot of hard working ants and feeding the grasshopper, India is still a developing Country...."

This is a story i came across as a forwarded email, a few days back. The message it carries cannot be ignored. Even though it is written with an Indian Backdrop, it is valid for many other countries.
This point of view towards Social Justice cannot be ignored when implementing it.

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