Are you looking for the right Bengali meaning for a English word? Do you often hunt for Bengali words and their spellings when you know the exact English equivalents. Look no further. Try out http://doroja.com. The developers of this site has taken an ingenious approach. They have scanned an entire English to Bengali dictionary, broken it up into pieces (for each word) and created a searchable database which links up the words you type in with the appropriate snippet. Thanks to Raishul Islam Russell for developing this useful site. Give it a try when you can.
Do you write in Bengali or any other Indian languages? Try quillpad! Its a great new online wordprocessor for Indian languages. The cool thing about this tool is its flexibility in transliteration. One does not need to follow any specific set of rules. The tool automatically tries to guess the word that you want to type in, and also offers multiple alternatives. This is an excellent feature because it can take care of several Bangla spelling issues. The documentation says that it works better on Internet Explorer, however I tried it on Firefox and Chrome and it works fine. One issue I encountered was the limitation of Bangla font availablility. Currently the font used is “Vrinda” and it’s not the best Bangla font available. The other issue is that this tool seems to have limited formatting capability. I am concerned about how effectively can this tool be used to write Bengali documents besides emails and small messages.
I plan to check this tool out in more details and write a regular article some time later.