Languages

A file photograph of a boy in an English class at a school in Rajasthan. Photo: iStock

The many voices of the subcontinent

6 min read . 17 Mar 2019
Sadaf Munshi (second, from left) and native speakers of Burushaski looking at a proposed writing system for the language, in Srinagar, 2016. Photo courtesy: Sadaf Munshi
Initially, the Brahmi script was known as the ‘Pin Man’ script owing to the way its letters looked. Photo: Alamy

How the ‘pin man’ script evolved

5 min read . 27 Oct 2018
A 1925 impression of Prakrit inscriptions on an Ashokan pillar at Lumbini in Nepal. Photo: Alamy

Prakrit: The forgotten ancestor

5 min read . 02 Sep 2018
‘English Vinglish’, starring Sridevi, highlights a Hindi-speaking woman’s struggle to learn English.

Hinglish, Inglish: An Indian story

6 min read . 04 Aug 2018