Saturday, July 17, 2010

Indian rupee gets a symbol, joins elite currency club
(Times of India)
NEW DELHI: The Indian rupee will soon have a unique symbol — a blend of the Devanagri 'Ra' and Roman 'R' — joining elite currencies like the US dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen in having a distinct identity.

The new symbol, designed by Bombay IIT post-graduate D Udaya Kumar, was approved by the cabinet today — reflecting that the Indian currency, backed by an over-trillion dollar economy, was finally making its presence felt on the international scene.



  1. Very interesting. I can see the mirror reflection of the € symbol in it :-)

    Hey Sohan, another question for you : can you explain to me what does this red point mean on the forehead of indian women ?

  2. It's called a bindi. It's just used as a beauty mark, probably because (I think) it draws attention to the eyes and highlights symmetry.

  3. You know, I've always been fascinated about this point. I heard so many times that it was a mark for married women. I do prefer your explanation ! :-) Now, with the word 'bindi' I can find more information. Thanks Sohan ! ;-)

  4. For married women, the traditional mark is the sindoor, a smearing of bright red powder on the forehead through the hair parting.

  5. Very interesting ! Me wanna learn more about indian culture ! Merci !