We’re working on getting more texts available in Hindi, and need some help from a Hindi speaker who has a reasonable knowledge of the Suttas. If you can help, or know someone who can, then we’d love to hear from you.
There’s Hindi translations of most of the Pali texts, and we have been having these typed up by contractors in India, and adding them to the site. Currently we have the whole DN and about half of MN. Contractors are finishing MN and working on AN.
We’ve run into a problem with AN, which is that the Hindi text doesn’t give any information as to when one sutta ends and another begins. No sutta numbers, no titles, nothing. So we have over a thousand suttas and no way of telling which is which.
The way SuttaCentral works is based entirely on the number assigned to the sutta. Get the number right, and everything just works. So we need someone to go through the whole of AN and add the correct numbers to the start of each sutta. The numbers need to reflect, not the implied numbering of the Hindi text, but the numbers as used on SuttaCentral. These will almost always be the same as the Bhikkhu Bodhi English edition. So essentially you will need to go through the text and add AN3.1, AN3.2 and so on at the start of each sutta, comparing the Hindi with Ven Bodhi’s edition, or with the Pali text on SuttaCentral.
Although it’s a simple job, it does need some discernment, as the division of suttas and so on will not be identical in the Hindi text and SuttaCentral. I would estimate that the job would take 10-20 hours work.
While doing the job, it is also a chance to do some proofreading, which would also be of great help.
We have a Hindi speaker helping us with these texts. He doesn’t have time to do this job, but he will be able to offer support if needed.