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Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS) Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

The Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS) was designed by Punya Pranava Pasumarty as an alternative script for Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu. Thus it can be used to write all spoken Indian languages with a certainty of about 95%. However, by no means is the script intended to replace the age old writing systems of the Indian languages in concern. The script uses very simple glyphs in an intuitive manner to develop the various sounds required for use in Indian languages. This script, if implemented, has the following aims in mind:

It is to be noted that, notwithstanding the fact that some Indian languages like Urdu and Kashmiri are written from right to left, BLUIS is necessarily written from left to right. However, it is permitted for one to learn the script completely in mirror image for the purpose of writing from right to left if there is no choice.

Notable features

BLUIS is neither completely an alphabet nor an abugida. The features of the script are the following:

Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

Rarely would one find letters in their pure form since they often combine with one or more appends to develop the wide array of sounds used in Indian languages. It is therefore helpful to know the basic letter-to-append combinations and their pronunciational equivalents in Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu in order to actually read text. Note that this script abides by the pronunciation of sounds in Indian languages and so might make changes with respect to that for different Indian languages.

Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

These are called basic combinations because one can also use multiple appends on one letter to produce more sounds. Some of these further combinations have been provided in the COMBI column in this image.

When writing in BLUIS, there is a convention called the SHORTHAND, mentioned in the first image here, which is followed for convenience. As can be seen in the first image, there are 3 SHORTHAND provisions:

Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

The usage of this convention is, unless mentioned otherwise, mandatory since it brings about the possibility of 2 more sounds, otherwise unaccounted for (i.e. 'a' as in 'cat' & 'o' as in 'cot'). These two sounds are used in Bengali and the international language English.

Sample texts in Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS)

Sanskrit version

Sample text in Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS) - Sanskrit version

Transliteration in the Devanagari script

सर्वे मानवाः स्वतन्त्राः समुत्पन्नाः वर्तन्ते अपि च, गौरवदृशा अधिकारदृशा च समानाः एव वर्तन्ते। एते सर्वे चेतना-तर्क-शक्तिभ्यां सुसम्पन्नाः सन्ति। अपि च, सर्वेऽपि बन्धुत्व-भावनया परस्परं व्यवहरन्तु।

Tamil version

Sample text in Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS) - Tamil version

Transliteration in the Tamil script

Tamil text sample

Urdu version

Sample text in Bhāratalipi Unified Indian Script (BLUIS) - Urdu version

Transliteration in the Urdu script

تمام انسان آزاد اور حقوق و عزت کے اعتبار سے برابر پیدا ہوۓ ہیں۔ انہیں ضمیر اور عقل ودیعت ہوئی ہے۔ اسلیۓ انہیں ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ بھائی چارے کا سلوک کرنا چاہیۓ۔

Transliteration

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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