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Faithful to the original
The way in which Prof. Nair has done the translation itself is interesting, because translating a text composed in an ancient language into a modern language is not like translating a text from one modern language into another modern language. And translating a text composed more than 2000 years ago is not like translating a text composed just a few years back. Prof. Nair’s intention has been to bring out the deeper meaning – the spirit – of the verses of the Bhagavad Gita clearly and fully through modern English. Wherever literal translation could help him achieve this aim, he has followed the literal route. Wherever literal translation would not help him achieve this aim, he has intentionally given up the literal route, and has followed the non-literal route.
So literal or non-literal, the method of translation that Prof. Nair has followed consistently is the spirit-oriented method.
As Prof. Nair says in the Preface, “I’ve made a conscious effort to make sure (a) that my translation does not make what is easy to understand in the Gita difficult; and (b) that my translation does make what is difficult in the Gita easy to understand.”
Prof. Kev Nair
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• “Prof. Kev Nair is regarded the world over as the father of fluency lexicography... Fluency lexicography came into existence as a separate branch of dictionary writing with the publication of Prof. Nair’s Dictionary of Active Fluency Combinations in 1986.” – Competition Success Review.
• “Nair was the first person in the world to give shape to the area of study now known as ‘English fluency development’ and to systematize it into a distinct teachable subject... So he is better known as the father of fluency development.”
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• “An eminent scholar of international repute and a renowned English language lexicographer” – The New Sunday Express.
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"For the message to be clear while making the language as simple as possible, Nair slogged for years, rewriting and discarding many versions... Years of hard work... " - THE HINDU
"... faithful to the original... On the whole, the translation does not force you to see the Gita from a particular angle and then make you think that the partial picture is the complete picture..." - The New Indian Express
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