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First Conversation in Sanskrit - Part I (f)

You want to greet Ashok, and without thinking, you greet him by saying:

Namo namah – Greetings.

Namo namah – Greetings – he answers in kind.

You want to know his name for certain, so you inquire:

Bhavatah naama kim? – Your name (is) what?

Because he is a man, the question starts with bhavatah.

He takes in the question, Bhavatah naama kim? and answers,

Mama naama Ashok – My name (is) Ashok.

You are processing this, and realize that to give your name, you would say,

Mama naama, followed by your name.

You wonder if you should say it, when he warmly asks,

Bhavatyaah naama kim? = Your name (is) what?

Because you are a woman, the question started bhavatyaah. You make a mental note…

To ask a man’s name, you say:

Bhavatah naama kim?

To ask a woman’s name, you say:

Bhavatyaah naama kim?

As you’re taking this in, you realize you should answer the question, so you say:

Mama naama… and finish with your name.

Ashok waits patiently for you to process what you have learned, and you take advantage, by replaying the conversation so far in your mind:

Namo namah.

Namo namah.

Bhavatah naama kim?

Mama Ashok. Bhavatyaah naama kim?

Mama naama… end with your name…

Ashok waits patiently for you to process what you have learned, and you take advantage, by replaying the conversation so far in your mind:

Namo namah.

Namo namah.

Bhavatah naama kim?

Mama naama Ashok. Bhavatyaah naama kim?

Mama naama… end with your name…

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