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Sankrit Non-Translatables

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction

Sankrit Non-Translatables

Full Title: Sanskrit Non-Translatables: The Importance of Sanskritizing English

Author: Rajiv Malhotra and Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji
Publisher: Amaryllis

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

Sanskrit Non-Translatables is a path-breaking and audacious attempt at Sanskritizing the English language and enriching it with powerful Sanskrit words. It continues the original and innovative idea of nontranslatability of Sanskrit, first introduced in the book, Being Different. For English readers, this should be the starting point of the movement to resist the digestion of Sanskrit into English, by introducing loanwords into their English vocabulary without translation.

The book presents a thorough mechanism of the process of digestion and examines the loss of adhikara for Sanskrit because of translating its core ideas into English. The movement launched by this book will resist this and stop the programs that seek to turn Sanskrit into a dead language by translating all its treasures to render it redundant. It discusses fifty-four non-translatables across various genres that are being commonly mistranslated. It empowers English speakers with the knowledge and arguments to introduce these Sanskrit words into their daily speech with confidence. Every lover of India’s sanskriti will benefit from the book and become a cultural ambassador propagating it through routine communications.


About the Author: 

Rajiv Malhotra is a world-renowned researcher, author, speaker, and public intellectual on contemporary issues that relate to civilizations, spirituality, and science. His experience includes software development, being a Fortune 100 senior corporate executive, a strategic consultant, and a successful entrepreneur in IT and media industries. At the summit of his career, he globally controlled 20 technology companies. He retired at the age of 44 to work full-time in philanthropy, research, and public service. Rajiv founded Infinity Foundation in Princeton (USA) in 1994 and conducted original research in myriad fields, influencing thinkers worldwide.
Rajiv’s works include The Battle for Sanskrit, Breaking India, Being Different, Indra’s Net, and Academic Hinduphobia.

Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji, PhD, is a Vaishnava scholar and practitioner. He is the founder of Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies, which promotes Vedic culture, philosophy, and Ayurveda through education. He has authored 15 books related to Indian culture and philosophy, and several important publications in many prestigious journals. Dr. Dasa serves as a visiting professor at the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, and the American Hindu University. He was honored by the late president of India, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, for his extraordinary contribution in presenting Vedic culture worldwide.


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