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Can you explain me why long (a) should be used in spelling Sharma.?Nagarjuna198 (talk) 22:36, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

I just read what you posted in my talk page. शर्मन् declines as (शर्मा शर्माणौ शर्माणः). Makes sense. Thanks man. You seem to be knowledgeable. I really appreciate it. Thanks for correcting. Nagarjuna198 (talk) 23:08, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu[edit]

Hi, Can you review Talk:Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu#Requested move and provide your opinion? Nagarjuna198 (talk) 09:44, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Ganita Kaumudi[edit]

Hi you have done a great work in Ganita Kaumudi. Your work is really appreciated. Thanks. Solomon7968 18:21, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

John Clay died 24 June 2013[edit]

Daily Telegraph and NY Times ran private obits. I received communication from a friend


Thanks; I've found the NY Times one and added it to the article. Sad. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:54, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Welcome back; a couple questions...[edit]

Hey, Shreevatsa, glad to see you're back. I've moved away from kātha lately, but in your absence I worked on List of Panchatantra Stories and List of Vetala Tales, and regretted not having your input. Perhaps when you have a minute you might look them over to see if any improvements come to mind? (I also put together a pretty full linked historical bibliography at Baital Pachisi#Recensions, editions, and translations which sort of complements the list.)

Finally, I've come to suspect a wide-ranging fallacy in references on the Panchatantra and Baital Pachisi, as related to the Brihatkatha and its progeny. At Brihatkatha you can see the handy-dandy stemma I've created for that family (which I've also pasted in to Kathasaritsagara and Bṛhatkathāślokasaṃgraha). I don't know if this is perfect, but I take the general shape to be well-established. However some (I think) relatively recent sources seem to take these tales' own creation stories more or less at face value, resulting in ideas like "Gunadhya wrote Panchatantra and Baital Pachisi", and "Durgasimha adapted part of Brihatkatha (or even Kathasaritsagara)" when his translation is clearly more closely related to the Southern Panchatantra, and in fact predated Kathasaritsagara! My first exposure (and possibly too-grumpy response) is preserved in Talk:List of Panchatantra Stories#Reviewing, and there is what I take to be a lot of BS in Durgasimha. My question is: am I missing something, or is this all as naive as it appears? If I ever get back into the kātha groove, I will begin by trying to clarify the Brihatkatha family relations (as I've begun with the stemma). Thanks for any light you can shed. And again, welcome back! Phil wink (talk) 05:33, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

I haven't looked at these articles in detail yet, but at a glance, this is all wonderful work! Thanks a lot to you, and it's great there are people like you on Wikipedia. I'll look at it in detail in a while and reply sometime. Shreevatsa (talk) 18:44, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for clarification on spelt. In many of my earlier articles I used "Spelt" as per the normal usage in India but it was always changed to "spelled" (and my co-editors) by some one or the other. Any way I intruded into your user page by chance when I was trying to find sources to write on Uttanka. We are writing a fiver DYK starrting with Sarpa Satra and Uttanka was the chief advisor to Janamejaya to undertake this vengeful Yagna to kill the serpent race which was finally stopped by Astika.--Nvvchar. 14:09, 4 August 2013 (UTC)


Hi, saw you on my watchlist and then discovered that you too have recently returned from an extended wiki-break. If you are looking for something to do, can you keep an eye on this discussion? (Background: this revert, followed by this brief discussion). Makes me feel right at home after three years off-wiki. :-) Abecedare (talk) 07:09, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I had your talk page on my watchlist too, and was very pleased to see you back -- was going to chime in with a welcome message, but have been (pleasantly) very busy in real life.  :-) I'm off for a couple of weeks; and I'll take a look at the discussion if it's still brewing then! Cheers, Shreevatsa (talk) 07:09, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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Weird notice; my only edit to the page is this minor one. Anyway, looking... Shreevatsa (talk) 04:39, 28 October 2013 (UTC)


What is "native of the extreme north-west of India"??? Whats wrong with the actual place name: Ghandara? Are you trolling? --Xinjao (talk) 20:26, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Please do not accuse Wikipedia editors of vandalism or trolling. I was just quoting what the cited sources say. Shreevatsa (talk) 06:23, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
(Added: Just for completeness, this is the context (also talk page section). Xinjao seems to be on a drive to remove mentions of "ancient India" (etc.) and replace it with "Ghandara" [sic]. I don't have time to deal with this right now. Shreevatsa (talk) 06:26, 18 December 2013 (UTC))

Please dont accuse me of any motives other than promoting genuine usable information on a history page. Its you in fact who seem to be on a drive to include India references everywhere remotely possible. "Ghandara" is a historic name. "Ancient extreme north west India" is not. --Xinjao (talk) 18:12, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

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Arpan Mathur[edit]

Hello, I'm Arpan Mathur . Your reverting to my edits on the article Chakravala method has introduced a parsing error in "The method" section. I have fixed that error and resumed the arrows. The error was caused by the \space function put by someone. Arpan Mathur (talk) 12:34, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Interesting. There was no parsing error when I viewed it, but I guess there's some inconsistency between browsers and Javascript / Mathjax versions. I'm glad to know it's fine now; thanks for fixing it. Shreevatsa (talk) 13:25, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

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Recent edit on Modi article[edit]

Hi. Hope you're well. Recently, you removed sourced content in the Narendra Modi article. It was also on a controversial topic, for this and future edits on controversial topics please open a discussion on the respective talk page before unilaterally making edits. We must ensure we keep a NPOV so you can understand why we need to have a discussion. Cowlibob (talk) 09:41, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Sure; though I thought the statement the edit removed was such an obvious case of WP:SYNTHESIS that removing it was an obvious improvement to Wikipedia. (Besides, it's also in keeping with the practice of WP:BRD.) Your revert reminds me why I avoid editing political articles. :-) Anyway, let me move to the next stage on this one and discuss it on the talk page. Shreevatsa (talk) 09:52, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I'm only trying to be helpful. I hope that I haven't dissuaded you from participating in future editing of political articles but we have to be careful as it could look like, we're aiding in the whitewash of criticism in a BLP of a politician if there isn't a proper discussion first, which wouldn't be neutral. Cowlibob (talk) 10:07, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I think it's fine to revert if you think an edit is unwarranted. It's a good thing, and makes Wikipedia better. But it's IMO‌ unreasonable to expect all edits to be discussed first, even if they are not major, and even if they are (in at least the editor's view) unlikely to be controversial, just because the topic of the page is a controversial one: the added barrier becomes a chilling effect and indeed dissuades people from editing an article unless they're sufficiently motivated. Anyway, it's not a big deal; let me make the time for discussion and see how it goes. :-) Shreevatsa (talk) 11:56, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I've made a suggestion on the Narendra Modi talk page to hopefully resolve this issue.Cowlibob (talk) 17:29, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to apologise for reverting your original edit. I've had a rethink on your edit and agree. Leaving it more open to interpretation like your edit did is probably better than its current state. If you were to redo the edit I wouldn't oppose it. I do think the marriage issue and reasons why he didn't disclose until 2014 should be discussed but would be a better fit in the 2014 general election bit with appropriate sources/references of course. Cowlibob (talk) 17:50, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Bloom filter reversion[edit]

What's your reasoning behind this reversion? "Where" is the accepted phrasing for variable naming in math circles. "If" is used for conditions. Exercisephys (talk) 18:59, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi, when used for variable names, "where" is used after the expression. For instance:

The circumference of a circle is , where is the radius of the circle.

You are right that "if" is used for conditional statements, but it is also used to denote variable names:

If is the radius of a circle, its circumference is .

(The rough meaning is still conditional: if we use the letter r to denote the radius, then the circumference is . If we use to denote the radius, then the circumference is . Etc.)
The kind of sentence you wrote, such as

*Where is the radius of a circle, its circumference is .

is not idiomatic English, and generally not seen. It seems odd. At least that's my opinion, though I do agree that "if" is not a perfect choice either. If you're keen on this we can ask for others' opinion somewhere, e.g. Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Mathematics (because this question is not covered in Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Mathematics) or at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Mathematics (where more people may see it). Shreevatsa (talk) 05:14, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
By the way, another approach to the circle statement might be:

The circumference of a circle with radius is .

Along similar lines, maybe for the statements in question, we could write:

For an array of m bits, the probability that a certain bit is not set...


With k hash functions, the probability that the bit is not set to 1 by any of the hash functions is

How about those? Shreevatsa (talk) 05:23, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Everything must end with an "a"![edit]

Hi. As perhaps you've noticed, several edits to Baital Pachisi, beginning here have involved "correcting" names that I suspect do not need to be corrected. My sense is that someone in good faith has updated these spellings to what would be correct in his or her language or dialect, but without reference to usual English usage or to the sources of the particular statements... But I know dangerously little about Indian languages and their transcription (I just type in whatever I see in the source, regardless of how I typed it last time!). If you have some spare time, could you address this? Much obliged. Phil wink (talk) 16:57, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for pointing this out. Somehow I didn't have Baital Pachisi on my watchlist; have put it back. About the edit, it is actually correct, going by the original Sanskrit names -- the names with 'a' are what are in the original source; the 'a' is dropped in some modern Indian languages but not all (and 'a' is also not dropped in usual English conventions, at least academic ones). That's why conventionally we have articles at Rama, Shiva, Ganesha etc. rather than Ram, Shiv, Ganesh etc. as in Hindi. There's some background at Schwa deletion in Indo-Aryan languages. So we could say the former spellings in the Baital Pachisi article matched the modern pronuniciation as in many parts of India now (apt given its folk popularity), but the current spellings are correct as far as the original or academic sources go.

The best path would be to find and add more sources to the article; then we can simply echo the spellings that are in the majority of sources, and just mention the alternative spellings. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:26, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


Shreevatsa ji, Namaskar, - that you have appreciated my small effort is your wonderful gift to me on my return to Wikipedia after an absence of nearly two years. I pray this article stays accepted by the reviewers. I recollect you had visited Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Liberation (the Advaita Vedanta concept) on 29/04/2014 which fact I had noticed only a few days ago, also carefully noted your observation and reworked the page which I have since re-submitted for creation. Your brief but very important observation was a great help. Regards.Soni Ruchi (talk) 14:24, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

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I'm conflicted[edit]

Hey, Shreevatsa. Brihatkatha has recently been radically reduced thus. The editor, Ashvawiki (talk · contribs) (whom I suspect to be a sock for Ashishjain190 (talk · contribs)) did so with minimal explanation and, it seems, for narrowly sectarian reasons (both accounts have received recent warnings for similar infractions). However in my view the article was previously hugely overwritten, and for the most part was really discussing Brihatkatha's descendents, Bṛhatkathāślokasaṃgraha and Kathasaritsagara since the Brihatkatha doesn't exist any more. So I grudgingly suspect that Ashvawiki's reckless decimation may actually be a modest improvement after all... except for the deletion of my magnificent dramatis personae graphic, which is easily replaced. Ultimately, what the article needs is a treatment of the likely contents of the Brihatkatha, as is provided by Donald Nelson. But so far I've been too lazy to do this myself. Naturally there's no reason you should have to resolve this, but for better or worse you're the one I come crying to for this stuff. Any wisdom? advice? Cheers. Phil wink (talk) 23:18, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I think
* Just because a story is mythical doesn't mean we shouldn't include it; it's definitely encyclopedical to say that such-and-such-a-legend exists.
* Definitely the article should contain some outline of the plot.

I think it's worth adding back content, with sources as much as possible. More later. :-) Shreevatsa (talk) 23:01, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for your work, Shreevatsa! Svamja (talk) 06:13, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
What article/articles is this about? Shreevatsa (talk) 19:19, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of M. D. Taseer[edit]

Hello Shreevatsa,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged M. D. Taseer for deletion, because the article doesn't clearly say why the subject is important enough to be included in an encyclopedia.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Rider ranger47 Talk 21:28, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Cheryl's Birthday has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

DYK for Cheryl's Birthday[edit]

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Ganpati Muni[edit]

Unable to decide whether this person is notable or not, and your input would be appreciated.
Short summary of what I have found: Ganapati Muni/ Ganapati Sastri (not to be confused with near contemporary, T. Ganapati Sastri) aka Kavyakantha is mainly known as a disciple of Ramana Maharshi and for being the one to give him that title; this IMO is not sufficient to establish notability for Ganapati Sastri although it does earn the subject numerous hits on Google Books in publications about Ramana Maharshi, including several hagiographic accounts. However, Ganapati Sastri also published some works of devotional Sanskrit poetry, eg Umasahasram] (online translation) and works listed here. What I am unable to find out yet is how many of these works were ever formally published, reviewed etc, and whether they are notable enough outside the world of Ramana Maharshi followers. Given your knowledge of this area, any insights? Abecedare (talk) 19:13, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

I have definitely come across the name of this person quite a few times before, so based on just that, my impression is that he is notable. About the poetry specifically, looking at the link, the fact the book was published (and not self-published, but by a "rival" Aurobindo Ashram press), seems to indicate at least some bona-fide-ness. We should try looking for more sources, possibly in other languages? I think "kavyakantha" seems to be a unique identifier, and has several hits of Google Books including a few general-Hinduism works etc. Shreevatsa (talk) 21:28, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to join the Ten Year Society[edit]

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Dear Shreevatsa,

I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more.

Best regards, Solomon7968 05:25, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

That was the boilerplate template message. I notice you are here since March, 2005. Congrats for your ten years on the Wiki. Solomon7968 05:28, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Wow, I'm getting old. :-) Thanks! Shreevatsa (talk) 18:34, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Ten years on Wikipedia will do that to you! —SpacemanSpiff 18:37, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Panchatantra navbox[edit]

Hey, Shreevatsa. I've just created a navbox for {{Panchatantra}} (while listening to Satyagraha and drinking Darjeeling, you know, for an authentic experience). I haven't placed it on any articles yet, as I hope you'll have a chance to review and comment (and edit if you like) first. Thanks. Phil wink (talk) 15:26, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

That's great! I'll take a look and comment on the Template talk page. Regards, Shreevatsa (talk) 15:40, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Back to the Long Story[edit]

Hey, Shreevatsa. I'm tiptoeing back into Brihatkatha & Sons, which in my view currently have very bad coverage here. My latest toys are File:Gunadhya legend.svg which attempts to visually unravel the tangled web in Book 1 of Kathasaritsagara; and User:Phil wink/brihat a not-ready-for-primetime navbox. I'd appreciate any critiques that come to mind. Also, any interest in helping me attack these articles? Thanks. Phil wink (talk) 21:12, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

It's really great that you're working on this. I love the legend. I worry at some point some sourpuss is going to throw around terms like WP:OR, but let's hope it doesn't come to that. :-) Nitpicks: It's a bit odd to use "Sanskrit and Prākṛt"; more consistent would be either "Sanskrit and Prakrit" or "Saṃskṛta and Prākṛta". I think the Arisha Sattar in your navbox should be Arshia Sattar. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:23, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
Of course you love the legend... you're in it. (I always think of your user name as code for "King of Vatsa" = "Udayana" -- it's great you're still active at this age!) I'm not too worried about OR, because I'm citing the hell out of my work (and even other people's work!) on this. What I don't know is how I'll handle someone citing any of the many sources that evidently take KSS to be identical to BK and KSS Book 1 as an historical document. Regarding nitpicks, I'm always happy for these; I try to be very precise in copying my sources, but if I slip up and don't notice it right away, I'm basically incompetent to look at a word and see that it's wrong (or that, say, it's using a different transliteration system than the next word). Phil wink (talk) 17:52, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

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Wikiquote goal for 2017[edit]

I see that you have contributed to our sister project Wikiquote. Thanks for that. I also remember you to show interest in some of the articles I created: Columbia University Indo-Iranian Series and Harvard Oriental Series, both of which are a series of books. I wonder if you would like to create the Wikiquote articles on both of them. Surely you have already read some of those books and as such it should be a nice intellectual goal to set for 2017. If you are unsure how to proceed you can look for my creation q:Millennium Prize Problems as guidance which is basically a series of mathematical problems as I am sure you are already aware. However if you are hesitant to take on such big effort right now the q:Languages of India redlinks should be a good starter on the model of q:Sanskrit. Solomon7968 06:10, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll take a look sometime at either creating new articles or (more likely) expanding existing articles. Perhaps q:Languages of India -- there are many interesting quotes in Masica's book for example. Shreevatsa (talk) 20:04, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

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Help_possible vandalism in Devanagari transliteration[edit]

Hello Shreevatsa, Thank you very much for your great contributions to Wikipedia. You have contributed to article Devanagari transliteration. Could you please take a look at this possible vandalism by an IP user to sort this out. I have placed hidden text inside the article as a temporary measure (Hidden text). Your help is much appreciated. If you could spare some time, please say if the mistakes are due to possible vandalism, so that they can stand corrected and the temporary hidden text can be removed too. Thanks, 2know4power (talk) 04:09, 15 February 2017 (UTC).

I'll try to take a look but at first glance, looks like the page has substantially changed since I last saw it, so it may be a bit of work to understand what's going on. Shreevatsa (talk) 17:28, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hello Shreevatsa, Thanks for your contributions to Wikipedia, especially in Sanskrit, Devanagari articles and your transliteration tools. Your hard work for nearly 12,000 edits, 600+ pages created helps to make Wikipedia a veritable treasure trove. Thanks, by 2know4power (talk) 04:16, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! Shreevatsa (talk) 17:28, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Article-Help-IPA for Tamil[edit]

Hello Shreevatsa, Thanks for your work for article Devanagari transliteration. I have been working on Help:IPA for Tamil page. May be you could kindly help there too. If you could spare some time, could you please take a look at Help:IPA for Tamil mainly (dental) 't' and rhotics group, their English examples. Thanks, by contributor 2know4power (talk) 23:53, 20 February 2017 (UTC).