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A Brief History Of Writing Materials And Instruments In India.

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#21 AldusPageMaker

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 08:03

 
@ Sreekumar
 
I have read your history of writing instruments and materials with keen interest.
Absolutely wonderful and I like to thank you for such a comprehensive histoty study!
 
I do have a question with the hope that you are able to give me your educated guess as an answer.
I am working on a translation (from English into German) of a Bengali Text from the 16th century. It was written down in Orissa (Puri).
 
At the beginning the author writes that he is picking up his “pen.” That is the English translation I use for translating into German. I do have one more English reference that includes the original Bengali verses along with Roman transliteration and word-for-word translation.
 
The original Bengali term in the book used for the “pen” is “lekhanī.” In my rudimentary knowledge of Indian languages “lekhanī” would be a generic term for “writing instrument” or “stylus” as opposed to “kalam(a)” for “pen”.
 
Now, from another book that was written during the same era I have proof positive that a contemporary and acquaintance of the above-mentioned author used palm leaves as his writing material.
So my question is: It is safe to assume that the author’s “lekhanī” was  a sharpened metal or hard wood stylus to write on palm leaves?

Edited by AldusPageMaker, 13 May 2019 - 09:07.


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