Dec 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Academic Room has just launched a premium Sanskit Dictionary app for iPhone and iPad.  The app, developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab, combines three major dictionaries that are used by scholars of Sanskrit--Monier-Williams, Apte and Macdonell. In addition, references from dhatu-patha are also provided, when available.  All words can be searched using a Devanagari keyboard. nce downloaded, the app does not require internet access to operate. Special thanks to the faculty in Harvard's Department of South Asian Studies for their encouragement and support during the app's development.

Key Features: 
★ Beautiful user interface and design 
★ Uses Devanagari keyboard
★ Partial word search - enter half words in Sanskrit and obtain top 100 matches 
★ Mark words as Favorites to review later 
★ Retains history of words that you have looked up for later study

Download

iPhone App 

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Apr 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Today, Academic Room launched a Hindi to English Dictionary mobile app, which was developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab. The dictionary is designed with students and scholars in mind, to help them translate words and idioms from modern Hindi, Urdu, Khariboli, Brajbhasha and Avadhi. All words can be searched using a Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard. The app is avialable on iOS (both iPhone and iPad), Android and Blackberry platforms.


Existing apps on the market are, unfortunately, based on English-Hindi dictionaries and, therefore, provide only one word English translations. Such dictionaries are inadequate for scholarly work, which requires translations that are more nuanced and attentive to multiple contexts and gramatical forms. This significant issue required the creation the present dictionary, which provides highly reliable definitions for those engaging in the literary study of Hindi-Urdu (but in the Devanagri script). 

Key Features: 
★ Beautiful user interface and design 
★ Uses Devanagari keyboard
★ Partial word search - enter half words in Hindi and obtain top 100 matches 
★ Mark words as Favorites to review later 
★ Retains history of words that you have looked up for later study

Download

iPhone App 
iPad App
Android App
Blackberry 10 App (Not compatible with PlayBook)
 
Academic Room is in the process of developing dictionary apps for all major South Asian languages.  To receive...
Mar 22, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Please save these dates for an exciting two-day conference - Questioning Marginality: Dalits and Muslims in Urban India - at Brown University on April 18th & 19th 2013. The conference is jointly organized by the South Asian Studies Program, Brown-India Initiative, and the graduate student committee on Caste and Inequality in Urbanizing India at Brown University.

Questioning Marginality takes on cities, anticipated as spaces of emancipation from long-standing social hierarchies, to examine the reconfiguration of caste, gender, and religious identities in ways that have continued to foster marginalization of certain social groups in India. Dalits and Muslims, in particular, continue to face considerable social and economic exclusion in urban India. This conference seeks to explore how caste and religious identities shape the everyday experiences of discrimination and inequality for individuals, families and groups in Indian cities, and to unpack the gendered nature of these experiences. Interrogating empirical research and social theory, the conference will bring four major scholars and public intellectuals to Brown campus; their research focuses on the intersection of caste, religion and gender in contemporary India, and they have been engaged with important public debates on inequality and discrimination. Combining the participation of a wide range of Brown faculty and the new work of graduate students, Questioning Marginality will be a forum for dialogue across scholarly lines, for thinking through inequality, and its implications for research, activism and social change more broadly.

We look forward to your participation in the conference. Please RSVP to southasia@brown.edu, to ensure a lunch will be provided.  If you have further questions, they can also be directed to southasia@brown.edu.



INVITED SPEAKERS

Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru...

Feb 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Controversial author Salman Rushdie today alleged that he was forced to cancel his trip to Kolkata after being threatened that he would be bundled out on the first flight by the police on orders from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The 65-year-old author issued a one page statement before flying out of the country. He also tweeted that the Kolkata police had made his visit to the city "impossible" and accused it of leaking his programme to the press and Muslim leaders "clearly inciting protests."

Text of the statement issued by the author on the confusion regarding his Kolkata visit

I arrived in Delhi on January 22nd at the invitation of the distributors of the film of my novel Midnight's Children. The plan was to visit four cities, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai, culminating in the Mumbai premiere of the movie on January 31st.

The day before I was due to travel to Kolkata we were informed that the Kolkata police would refuse to allow me to enter the city. If I flew there, I was told, I would be put on the next plane back. I was also told that this was at the request of the Chief Minister. I remember that after the Jaipur festival last year Mamata Banerjee had said she would not allow me to enter Kolkata. It would appear that she has made good that threat. 

Let me be clear. I was indeed planning to take part in a session at the Kolkata Lit Meet along with the scheduled speakers Deepa Mehta, Rahul Bose, and Ruchir Joshi. The organizers were fully aware of this, and had asked me to appear as a "surprise guest." If they now deny this, that is dishonest. They actually paid for my plane ticket.

At any rate the police made my visit impossible. A police source actually issued full details of my proposed itinerary to the press, which flight I was to arrive on, where I would stay, when I would go to the Kolkata lit meet, on what flight I would...
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