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Working on Computers in Hindi

AaAao ihndI maoM ilaKoM.


How to get it?

Writing & Viewing Web Pages in Hindi

How does "Shusha" work?

Why this system?

What more?


How to get it?

These are offered free of charge. Should you want to use them please contact.


Or write to me at the fllowing postal address:-

Harsh Kumar, Chief Manager IT, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd.,
Sector 11, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai - 400 614, India.
Phone: +91-22-757 2015; FAX: +91-22-757 2420.

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Writing & Viewing Web Pages in Hindi

Writing web pages in Hindi is as easy as writing them in English. Prepare your web pages in your favourite editor and use the <font> and </font> tags to specify the fonts. To write them in Hindi just choose FACE="Shusha". The above words in hindi (AaAao ihndI maoM ilaKoM.) will be written for the web pages as given below.

<FONT SIZE=6 FACE="Shusha">AaAao ihndI maoM ilaKoM.</FONT>

You have to install "Shusha" true type fonts before trying to browse these pages. This can easily be loaded on any windows based computer and can be used in any software, MS-Office, Lotus SmartSuit etc..

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How does "Shusha" work?

"Shusha" is not just true a type font but it is also a system of keyboard layout. I call this layout Roman Hindi. In this system you just type "papa" to write "papa" in hindi and "AaAao" ("come" in hindi) is "AaAao".

The key board used is very much the standard english key board and normally no stickers need be fixed as the system is very simple to remember. If one is familiar with keyboard and knows hindi it will only take 25/30 minutes to know this system of typing. Most character are mapped on to their english equivalents/near equivalents, e.g., sa is "sa" and ca is "ch" etc.. One has to learn the "matrain"; "choti ee" (i.e., i ) is "small I" and is typed before the next character and "badi ee" (i.e., I ) is "Capital I" and is typed after the character on which they apply as can be seen in the above hindi sentence where we have typed "ihndI" to write "hindi" in devnagiri. kumaar is typed as "kumaar". Matrians for chota and bada "Oo" (i.e., ] & }) are mapped to small & capital U. Detailed character mapping is in file Key_map.doc.

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Why this system?

One has to be familiar with the keyboard to be able to provide type on a computer. It is not very difficult to remember one keyboard layout and most people working on computers are familiar with it. Problem comes when you have remember two keyboards one to type in English and another to type in Hindi. Remembering two keyboards is really difficult and confusing for most of the users. As a result of this they often keep working only in English. In case they have to send letters in "Rajbhasha" then they pass on hindi typing work to "Rajbhasha Section".

"Shusha" uses the english keyboard for mapping hindi alphabets. Hindi characters are mapped to their corresponding english equivalents/near equivalents. As a result a major part of the layout is obvious to most people who know Hindi and are familiar with English keyboard. They have to remember only a few keys. This system would enable anyone knowing english keyboard and Hindi language to be able to learn hindi typing in 25/30 minutes time.

This system was developed by me around December 1995 while working at Railway Staff College when the then Principal Mr. RK Bhansali insisted that all members of college must also work in Rajbhasha. This system was tried with different people during the next 15 months or so. It has been freely made available on the internet since March 1997. It was found that people who have to work in two languages (English & Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati or Gurumukhi) take no time to learn using this system.

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What more?

At present this system is available for working in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Gurmukhi. Work in nearly complete to make it available in Bengali, Assamese and Oria. This system can be extended to most of the Indian Languages.

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