Deshpande Posted on by sanskritstudioeditor Summary: Madhav M. Although not suited for the typical self-study student if not complemented with other books , it is a nicely typeset volume with clear and concise prose that may be used during the first semesters of an introductory university Sanskrit program. The main part of the book, spanning approximately pages, consists of Lessons , each of which contains many exercises without answers , and a vocabulary of, typically, words. There are two types of appendixes.
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Deshpande Posted on by sanskritstudioeditor Summary: Madhav M. Although not suited for the typical self-study student if not complemented with other books , it is a nicely typeset volume with clear and concise prose that may be used during the first semesters of an introductory university Sanskrit program. The main part of the book, spanning approximately pages, consists of Lessons , each of which contains many exercises without answers , and a vocabulary of, typically, words.
There are two types of appendixes. Because of this, it is good, especially for the student who needs to travel with it, that it is not in hardback, which would have made it even heaver and pricier. Devanagari One good thing about this book is that it partly respects the student who does not know Devanagari at the outset.
Because of this, Deshpande has taken the rather unusual step of actually printing all the main Devanagari letters in very big typeface sizes pp.
For when he presents the table of consonant-vowel combinations p. This is especially objectionable since the layout, especially on the consonant clusters pages, is simply a foolish-looking one-column layout, which one easily could have made into a multi-column layout, while using a bigger typeface size for increased readability.
I think the Devanagari, in general, is nicely typeset in the lesson texts. Thus, the only words that need to be typeset in Devanagari are the words of the examples, and those connected to the examples. But Deshpande does not do it like that. He instead uses the Devanagari both for the example words and for the Sanskrit grammar terms, which is confusing; it almost feels like he is mixing up two completely different categories of words: the explanadum the examples and the explanans the text explaining the examples.
Morphology Unlike some other Sanskrit books e. Although the formation of words suffixes, infixes, verb conjugation, noun and pronoun declension, sandhi, etc. With clear and concise descriptions, together with many short and focused examples, he succeeds, on the most part, in providing a very readable account of Sanskrit. There are several aspects of this. Another virtue of the examples is that they are logically grouped.
Yet another thing that is good about the examples is that they are, on balance, relatively literal in their translations. Although not slavishly following this rule, it is helpful, especially for the beginning student, that he does not, for example, translate a passive sentence construction directly into an English sentence with an active sentence construction, but keeps it passive also in the English. And they are also typeset in a way that they are easy to find on a new line, usually indentend and relatively easy to read.
Problems: Tables, Appendixes, and Index The single biggest problem with this book is the lack of index. It is outrageous. And the total lack of appendixes does not exactly make the situation any better. Where is that nicely designed collection of noun declensions, verb conjugations, participle forms, and sandhi rules for easy referral? It would have been editorially advisable to only have shorter max.
Conclusion This is a very nice book, especially in terms of its many examples, and concise explanations of the grammar. However, it is not, by itself, suitable for the beginner without a teacher, but can be complemented with other Sanskrit textbooks. The complete lack of index and reference tables is a disaster.
Review of Saṃskṛta-Subodinī: A Sanskrit Primer by Madhav M. Deshpande
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