Interweaving Writing, Script and Language
Anita Singh
SCRIPTS OF POWER: WRITING, LANGUAGE PRACTICES, AND CULTURAL HISTORY IN WESTERN INDIA by Prachi Deshpande Permanent Black/Ashoka University, 2023, 315 pp., INR 995
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

The book discusses the medieval form of a cursive script called Modi, prevalent in the fifteenth century, as a significant point in apprehending Maharashtra’s history and regional identity. The Modi script was non-literary and frequently used as swift encryption in business and administration to maintain accounts. The script contained several features that made writing easier, and the flow from one character to the next was continuous and uninterrupted, as it required the least amount of lifting of the pen.

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