The Subodha-Samskrtamis an innovative approach to the teaching of Sanskrit with 25 graded lessons aimed at introducing the Sanskrit language to beginners through the medium of English and Hindi. It has credit of presenting the text in Both Nagari script and Roman script removing thus the fear of having to learn a new script along with the new language. The availability of translation in both English and Hindi of the Sanskrit texts side-by-side present a double advantage to the student: that of learning the language as well as learning related translation skills-an instrument which is becoming increasingly useful to the modern man in the wake of globalization.
Subodha-Samskrtam is the result of over 20year of trail with the students of different age groups and takes into consideration specific difficulties faced by teachers having to teach Sanskrit not only as a foreign language, but also as a non-spoken language, that too in a foreign environment. The carefully graded lessons encourage slow but smooth building up of vocabulary and acquisition of knowledge of grammar, avoiding the traditional method of memorization and rote-learning. Given the long experience of the author in the field of teaching, pedagogical principles have been taken in to consideration while planning the lessons, with gradual introduction of the linguistic intricacies of the language and its grammatical rules.
The five last lessons represent an easy access to standard Sanskrit literature, serving as a link to more advanced study. If well handled by the teacher, this book can help develop spoken skill as from the very first day. The Subodha-Samskrtam, if well-assimilated, paves the way for higher studies at university leer. The second part of the book consists of selective sutras of Panini an grammar followed by tables of declension and conjugation in both Nagari and Roman Script, making available in one place much useful material.