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Subject: Re: How do you pronounce...
Author: তন্ময় ভট   (guest)
Date: September 4, 2005 at 6:43:39 PM
Reply to: Re: How do you pronounce... by Alena
Since the question was about how an indeterminate `you' prnounces it, there is no right or wrong. However, the pronounciations given above would not be recognizable to any Indian ... in fact, I had to check the links to make sure that we were indeed talking about the Indian name rachna, derived from Sanskrit rach, to produce.

In Sanskrit, the word was rachanA, ch as in English chair, the middle a's roughly the vowel in English cut, and the last A as in English car. With an unstressed middle syllable, the corresponding vowel slowly got elided and gave us rachna. This is the most common pronounciation of this name from the North Indian Hindi belt, though in a variety of Indian languages, the vowels got variously distorted. The consonants have stayed the same.

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