a as in English cut, A as in cAr, o as in home, i as in hit, I as in heat, t as pronounced in French, d as in English then, v is English b spoken by touching the upper teeth to the lower lips instead of touching the two lips (somewhat like a w). It has less aspiration than the English v (the English v is like Indian v + h).
(g) Jyotika: jyotikA (g) Kaveri: kAverI (g) Kavindra: never heard it as a feminine name. As a male name, it is kavIndra
nalini is usually female and pronounced nalinI in Hindi.
These names are of Sanskrit origin, and appear in a number of Indian languages. The pronounciation changes depending on the language. Thus, in Bengali, the a is pronounced like an o, v as b, and I as i.
Many of the modern Indian languages do not display word stress as a feature.