Wednesday, October 24, 2007

month names

yesterday on my way home, the cab driver remarked tht it starts pouring when one nears home 'n i remarked saying how unusual is this october showers we are having in b'lore for past one week.
and somehow that 'october' word triggered of this thought - "what do you call october in 'kannada' or any other indian language for that matter?" Sadly i couldn't think of an answer :(
I know the local season names, names of the days in a week but month names? i do know the respective month names in spanish, which brings me to the question - don't we have indianised names for the months in a year? If anyone knows, to please leave the answer in the comments section.

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Blogger Vishnu said...

Chaitram, Vaishakam, etc... in telugu atleast.. it should be similar in kannada also..
but, our indian months and the english months goes different right.. that you know i guess..

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  
Blogger Vijesh said...

margkali - dec/Jan
thai - jan/feb
chitirai - ...

they are in tamil, not sure if you are able to pronounce it correctly either. Yes as vitta said they are not aligned with English calendar days!

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  
Blogger @di said...

All the Indian calenders follow "विक्रम संवत" (which started 57 years BCE) or "शक संवत" (which started 78 CE) or probably their predecessors, which are based on lunar cycle against solar cycle for the western ones; so there is ***NO*** one to one correspondence between Indian and western months

And each would have following names of months with slight variations of the original Sanskrit names (in order of occurrence):

"चैत्र, बैशाख, ज्येष्ठ, आषाढ़, श्रावण, भाद्रपद, आश्विन, कार्तिक, मार्गशीर्ष, पौष, माघ, फाल्गुन"

(Chaitra, Vaishākh, Jyaishtha, Āshādha, Shrāvana, Bhādrapad, Āshwin, Kārtik, Mārgashīrsha, Paush, Māgh, Phālgun)

Though most of the English months have been Hindi-ized in following manner with local pronunciations:

"जनवरी, फरवरी, मार्च, अप्रील, मई, जून, जुलाई, अगस्त, सितंबर, अक्तूबर, नवंबर, दिसंबर"

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  
Blogger Puthali said...

@ all: thank u, thank u

i remembered, i had lrnt 'em when i was a small kid :)

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and learning it again as a big kid - Vitta

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007  

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