Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cryptic script

The Thirumailai (Mylapore) station of Chennai's elevated train system (MRTS) has this sign pointing out their reservation centre. (Despite what it says, you don't reserve computers there: you reserve seats on trains.)

The sign is in Tamil, English and... what's the third language?

My guess is it's an encoded insult to Hindi.

(photo credit: my wife krithika)


Krithika Ramalingam said...

That was some good guessing, i guess the sign was written on paper by someone with a really bad handwriting and transcribed into the wall by someone who did not know the language. Well, it does make an interesting picture {pat on my back :)}

Rahul Siddharthan said...

You replied to the emails not to the blog posting:)

The email consensus was the Hindi sign is probably meant to be

कम्प्यूटरीकृत यात्री आरक्षण केन्द्र तिरुमयिलै

(unicode-capable browser and Devanagari font needed to view that: help here)