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Wax Sanskritic

Urban young are rediscovering the lure of the classical language

Wax Sanskritic
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Wax Sanskritic
outlookindia.com
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  • There's a big revival of interest in Sanskrit, especially among the urban young
  • The thousands enrolling for Sanskrit classes this year include young techies, MBAs, civil servants, students of history and philosophy, as well as those interested in ayurveda or yoga
  • They are attracted by Sanskrit's highly logical grammatical structure; the access it gives them to classics and texts on ayurveda, yoga; and the guidance on ethics, leadership and strategy in texts like the Bhagavad Gita and the Arthashastra;
  • The fact that Sanskrit is a 'scoring subject' in CBSE, UPSC exams has also fuelled interest

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"Bhagini, shighram, shighram gachchami," mutters someone, giving me a gentle nudge from behind. Translated, that means: move faster, sister. I've been told I'm slow before, but never in Sanskrit. The guy getting late for class, whose way I'm blocking, is tall, with an apologetic smile, a shaven head, a choti,...
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