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The First-Ever Hindi-Turkish Dictionary

Hindi and Turkish have a lot in common in terms of vocabulary. That is mainly because of the Arabo-Persian influence on both languages. As much as the Turkish language has been exposed to the Persian vocabulary, Indic languages have undergone the same route, it seems, through royal administrations, and religious and secular literature. The Turkish fans of Bollywood today are surprised when they encounter familiar words in Indian movies. Considering the geographical distance and the religious and cultural differences between Turkey and India, it is only natural that people are baffled at this lexical similarity.
However, in spite of this shared background, relations between the two cultures don’t seem to have made much progress. When you look for a dictionary of the Hindi language in Turkish, you can find only one available. I don’t know if there is a Turkish dictionary for Hindi speakers at all. There being no bidirectional Hindi-Turkish dictionary ever shows how the two cultures have…