[INDOLOGY] A distraction from Coronavirus

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Mar 13 09:25:21 EDT 2020


Dear Jan,

जिह्वा स्पृशति मूर्धानं नाधुना स्पर्शवारणात् ।
कोरोनाग्रस्तमनसां मूर्धन्यत्वं न सिध्यति ।।

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]


On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 12:20 AM Jan E.M. Houben <jemhouben at gmail.com>
wrote:

> कोरोनशब्दसंस्कारे  णत्वं न वेति निर्णये ।
>
> यद् आशुकविना प्रोक्तं  तद् अस्माकं प्रमाणकम् ॥
>
>
>
> Not difficult to guess who is here the आशुकवि ...
>
> Even then, कोरोण should be deemed possible as a somewhat pedantic parallel
> form.
>
> The attribution of grammatical gender is not taught by grammar, but in
> view of the enormity of the phenomenon the feminine seems a good choice
> (cp. himānī vs. hima).
>
> Jan Houben
>
>
>
> On Fri, 13 Mar 2020 at 05:34, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> A little distraction from Coronavirus -
>>
>> मा मां स्पृशेति गोविन्दमाह राधा व्रजावनौ ।
>> प्रथमं जहि कोरोनां यथा त्वं पूतनामहन् ।।
>>
>> In the land of Vraja, Radha said to Krishna: "Don't touch me. First go
>> and kill that Corona, as you killed Putana before."
>>
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
>> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
>> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
>>
>> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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> *Jan E.M. Houben*
>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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