Saturday, 17 July 2010

रुपया

The Indian government has developed a new symbol for the rupee:

It's pretty cool, because it looks like both R and the Devanagari र ra. However, I think it would be better as a रु ru (for Hindi रुपया rupayā) or रू (for Sanskrit रूप्य rūpya).

This is because Devanagari is an abugida: the vowels are respresented as diacritics attached to the consonant letters. When you abbreviate a word that begins with a consonant in Devanagari, you don't abbreviate to the first consonant, you abbreviate to the first consonant and vowel. So the usual abbreviation for rupee in Hindi is रु॰. (The circle is an abbreviation sign.)

On the back of one of my Hindi children's books is the name of the publisher:

Pitambar Publishing Company Productions Private Limited. The last two words are प्रा॰ लि॰ prā li - an abbreviation for "productions private limited" (I think).

6 comments :

vp said...

It's probably "Private Limited".

Saif said...

I think the Bangladeshi Taka has a more pleasing coincidence of Devanagari and Roman but am unable to reproduce it here...

bulbul said...

Pretty cool.
Plus there are the two horizontal lines that seems to crop up in currency symbols all over the place.

goofy said...

The Bengladeshi Taka is ৳ (U+09F3)
It looks like both a Roman t and a Bengali ট ṭa.

goofy said...

vp, you're definitely right about "Private Limited".
http://www.a1books.co.in/pitambar-publishing/publisher/240-4-147-42-6-60-61-135/

Mattitiahu said...

I like it. Now that this has been brought to my attention I'm actually kind of excited to see how it will look on Indian currency.