...a dead language !
Post date: Oct 7, 2012 3:26:32 AM
I carried Kumarsambhavam with me to read in subway. One of the students (Indian Origin) asked me -
"can I ask you something different? What book is that?"
"Thats a Sanskrit book"
"Sanskrit? but who reads Sanskrit? isn't it a dead language?"
I smiled - "well, I have a book right here... I don't read original text but I understand a little.."
"Can I see it? , wow ! does it says Kalidas?"
"Yes, you know how to read Hindi?"
"Yes, a little. Wasn't Kalidas a mythical character? I heard about him only once"
"No, He was a poet... sometime around 2nd BC to 4th AD"
"Can I take a picture of this book? I want to show it to my mom"
"of course, and by the way Sanskrit is not a dead language... Even Columbia university has a small department of Sanskrit, Harvard has, so does many other universities across the world..."