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In school, I remember studying things like convert lac(lakh) to million, roman to arabic etc. Now a days, I am seeing in TV/newspaper they use millions/billions etc instead of lakhs/crores.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
So, are the commas random, or is there some hidden scheme that's being followed?

And why is it that terms like "lakh" and "crore" regularly occur in conversations which are otherwise in English? Is it too hard to translate these concepts?



Hi Jim.

lakh and crore are used quite exclusively in Indian languages, along with lakhpati (sort of like millionaire) and crorepati. There is no single word for million or billion.
And, at least for me, converting between lakh/crore and million/billion requires a little bit of thinking. So, if starting with 50 lakh, then I have to actually think that 10 lakh = 1 million, so it is 5 million.

Gets even harder with crores. For say, 500 crores, I have to mentally do something like -

1 crore = 100 lakh = 10 * 10 lakh = 10 million
500 crore = 5000 million
500 crore = 5 billion

So, yes, if you are not doing it often, for an Indian, it can be quite hard to do that translation.
I feel a lot more comfortable using lakh/crores for figures in Indian Rupees. OTOH, I am more comfortable using million/billion for dollars. Go figure

And yes, the commas follow lakh/crore etc.
 
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:

500 crore = 5 billion



its 50 billion.
1 billion = 10 crore :roll:
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:

And why is it that terms like "lakh" and "crore" regularly occur in conversations which are otherwise in English? Is it too hard to translate these concepts?



take a chill-pill.

 
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Originally posted by Ashok Mash:
About 98% (I just made that up, but I don't want to say ALL) of Indian drivers don't understand even the concept of 'right-of-way'.



But in India we drive on left-of-way.
 
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Originally posted by pooja jain:


take a chill-pill.



I think we should understand the concern Jim is trying to convey.

I understand it is difficult to change the units which we have been using for long time and become part of English.
I feel that for the ease of other users we can provide the unit in numbers.
Ex: 5 lakhs (5,00,000)
 
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Originally posted by Prad Dip:
In school, I remember studying things like convert lac(lakh) to million, roman to arabic etc. Now a days, I am seeing in TV/newspaper they use millions/billions etc instead of lakhs/crores.



US English is in and Brit English is out.

I can provide you at least 10 examples that has changed from 1991 to 2001 in media.
Specially TOI and Hindustan Times uses more of US english.
The Hindu, Indian Express etc still use Brit English.

Sometimes I wonder how media or govt rules over people mind. (or do brain washing.)
 
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


US English is in and Brit English is out.

I can provide you at least 10 examples that has changed from 1991 to 2001 in media.
Specially TOI and Hindustan Times uses more of US english.
The Hindu, Indian Express etc still use Brit English.

Sometimes I wonder how media or govt rules over people mind. (or do brain washing.)



We should continue to use lakhs and crores rather than millions/billions. Media will do everything possible so that lakhs/crores are wiped out.
 
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


I feel that for the ease of other users we can provide the unit in numbers.
Ex: 5 lakhs (5,00,000)



Shouldn't it be 500,000 rather than 5,00,000 ?
 
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Originally posted by Prad Dip:
In school, I remember studying things like convert lac(lakh) to million, roman to arabic etc. Now a days, I am seeing in TV/newspaper they use millions/billions etc instead of lakhs/crores.



US English is in and Brit English is out.

I can provide you at least 10 examples that has changed from 1991 to 2001 in media.
Specially TOI and Hindustan Times uses more of US english.
The Hindu, Indian Express etc still use Brit English.

Sometimes I wonder how media or govt rules over people mind. (or do brain washing.)
 
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Originally posted by Prad Dip:


Shouldn't it be 500,000 rather than 5,00,000 ?



No. It should be 5,00,000. The last 3 digits are grouped in 3 and all the others are grouped in 2.

Raymond Chen once mentioned about this issue in his blog.
 
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:


No. It should be 5,00,000. The last 3 digits are grouped in 3 and all the others are grouped in 2.

Raymond Chen once mentioned about this issue in his blog.



I am not talking about Indian system but US one. Your link confirms it.
 
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Originally posted by Prad Dip:


I am not talking about Indian system but US one. Your link confirms it.



Oh..well.
 
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Originally posted by pooja jain:


its 50 billion.
1 billion = 10 crore :roll:



Are you sure? :roll: :roll:

Wikipedia - Indian Numbering System
 
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:


Are you sure? :roll: :roll:

Wikipedia - Indian Numbering System



no
 
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You are right 1m = 10 cr.

Originally posted by pooja jain:


no

 
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Originally posted by pooja jain:


its 50 billion.
1 billion = 10 crore :roll:



Originally posted by Lave Kulshreshtha:
You are right 1m = 10 cr.



:roll:
 
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:
Why insist some concepts, parameters, measurements to be "translated" or converted to native language/format, instead of understanding them as another way of defining something? Guess that's what cultural sensitivity is all about!


In an international forum like this -where people from many regions of the world hang out, each with their own variant of English- it would quickly become unfeasible to look up the words every time someone says something that is common only in their regional dialect. In theory it would be nice to look up and learn all those, but it's not practical.

So the culturally sensitive thing to do is to be aware if an expression is in use in one part of the world only, and either avoid it, or be prepared to explain it. Plus, to be aware that if no explanation is offered in the original post, that some people will NOT ask what it means, and will skip the post simply because they can't fully understand it.
 
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When the Nano is coming in market? Any idea?
 
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Originally posted by ankur rathi:
When the Nano is coming in market? Any idea?



June this year.
 
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I have saved some lacs for a car, this car is ggood, anyone have info o on the s s safety feattures ffor this nnnano... thanks

 
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Originally posted by Harsha Jay:
I have saved some lacs for a car, this car is ggood, anyone have info o on the s s safety feattures ffor this nnnano... thanks




TATA will offer Helmets with this car...
 
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When is the booking for nano starting. How will tata make money when steel prices are raising ?
 
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Originally posted by Prad Dip:
When is the booking for nano starting. How will tata make money when steel prices are raising ?



  • They will not give helmet with car.
  • They may delay delivery date.

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    Nano's future is uncertain.

    I read an article in TOI stating that Tata should increase the price of Nano by 10K and the extra money earned should be diverted to farmers.

    Some useful reading.
     
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    Originally posted by R K Singh:
    US English is in and Brit English is out.



    Which is interesting, as US English and Brit English use the word "billion" differently. In the US, a million is 10^7 and a billion is 10^10

    I'm pretty sure (Being a yank, one never can tell) that the Brits consider a billion to be a million-million, or 10^13
     
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    Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:Nano's future is uncertain.


    I had heard it might even be dead. Something about farmers complaining about not being paid properly for the land where the factory is going, so Tata is talking about canceling the whole idea.

    This is from reading Brit news about India while I'm in the US, so I could be completely wrong.
     
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    Originally posted by Pat Farrell:

    I had heard it might even be dead. Something about farmers complaining about not being paid properly for the land where the factory is going, so Tata is talking about canceling the whole idea.

    This is from reading Brit news about India while I'm in the US, so I could be completely wrong.



    Hi Pat,
    It is more of a political issue. Tata's are thinking of pulling out of one of the location where this issue has cropped. They have another manufacturing location where they will keep making car. They may miss October deadline, but Nano is surely on.
     
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    Originally posted by Nitin Nigam:
    It is more of a political issue. Tata's are thinking of pulling out of one of the location where this issue has cropped. They have another manufacturing location where they will keep making car. They may miss October deadline, but Nano is surely on.



    Isn't it all about politics and funds to encourage bureaucrats to sign the proper forms?

    In the US, most politicians and bureaucrats do not accept cash money. But they do accept funds to build bridges to nowhere. And even per-deim fees while staying in their own home.
     
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    TATA bye bye WB, Welcome to Gujarat
    Tatas drive Nano project to Gujarat
     
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    Congrats to modi
     
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    Originally posted by Prad Dip:
    Congrats to modi



    Thanks lotusial cousin
     
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    finally, nano is ready..

    nano
     
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    I heard that some countries(for example netherlands) forbid to sell this car because of security matters(car is semi plastic).This car is reaally cheap But i didn't like that car. Of course i didn't like because i don't have even 1000$ It is easy to say I prefer Lancer Evo
     
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    Anyone here planning to buy Nano?
     
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    Rambo Prasad wrote:Anyone here planning to buy Nano?



    I want to wait and watch. Rivals may come up with attractive offers on their existing version.
     
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    Chetan Parekh wrote:

    Rambo Prasad wrote:Anyone here planning to buy Nano?



    I want to wait and watch. Rivals may come up with attractive offers on their existing version.



    I guess the majority of the buyers would be those who drive share autos! For them a this would be a cheaper option than to buy a share auto!. I personally feel that the prices of other cars might go down a bit and that would be the time for one to buy a car. In my opinion, I would definitely not opt for a nano!
     
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    Once Ratan Tata (the chairman of Tata group) show an Indian family dangerously traveling on a scooter in a heavy raining. That was the tipping point for Ratan Tata to dream about Nano. It doesn’t matter you will purchase Nano and who will not, but a solute is need for the spirit of Ratan Tata.



     
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    Of course it is appreciable and Ratan Tata has made the world talk about it. Salute!

    I just mentioned my opinion that I wouldn't opt for a nano!
     
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