<div dir="ltr"><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit">A distraction from the Coronavirus -</span></span></div></div><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><br></span></div></div><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit">व्यञ्जनोच्चारणे भूय: स्पर्श: स्यादिति चिन्तया ।</span></span></div></div><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit">भाषितव्यं स्वरैरेव कोरोनास्पर्शभीरुभि: ।।</span></span></div></div><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><br></span></div></div><div class="gmail-" style="font-family:system-ui,-apple-system,system-ui,".SFNSText-Regular",sans-serif;color:rgb(5,5,5);font-size:18.75px;white-space:pre-wrap"><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit">With the concern that the pronunciation of consonants often involves contact of organs in the vocal track, those who fear the touch of Corona should speak only with vowels.</span></span></div><div class="gmail-_1mf gmail-_1mj" style="direction:ltr;font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><span style="font-family:inherit"><br></span></span></div></div><div><div dir="ltr" class="gmail_signature" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div><div dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">Madhav M. Deshpande<div>Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics</div><div>University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA</div><div>Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies<br></div><div><br></div><div>[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]<br></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>