Why North Indian Scripts are straight and South Indian scripts curvy

Posted: March 15, 2012 in INFO's
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Ever noticed the difference as to why most North Indian scripts have more straight lines, whereas South Indian scripts are as curvy as a Jalebi. For one this particular feature of the South Indian scripts, such as Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam which makes them more “curvier” than North Indian scripts is popularly explained by linguists in India by the different writing media historically in use. Ancient South Indians wrote on large dried leaves; straight lines would have punctured the leaves and rendered them useless, so South Indian scripts evolved more curves. It is said that the roundness of the letters is an adaptation of the script to the properties of the palm leaf. The palm leaves were used for writing, the text was written with a stylus, which scratched the letters into the leaf, hence curvier scripts helped preserve the palm leaves without damaging them.


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