IIT student invents programming language ‘C-Shastri’ that uses Ravi Shastri’s cliches as commands


Ravi Shastri has now been immortalized in programming code

Balaji Rangachari, a 3rd year student at IIT-Madras has created a new programming language that might revolutionize the software industry as we know it. The programming language named ‘C-Shastri’ by the young IITian, uses popular cricket commentator Ravi Shastri’s cliches as syntax for complex programming constructs.

Bajali’s innovation promises to make coding far more pleasurable while ramping up efficiency of programmers. Addressing a group of programmers and technology evangelists at Microsoft India office in Hyderabad, Balaji demonstrated various keywords and constructs in C-Shastri to a rapt crowd that hung on to his every word. “C-Shastri will make programming a lot more interesting and will bring to your daily job the excitement of a riveting cricket match. Work in a software company will never be the same again,” he exclaimed, triggering rapturous applause and wolf-whistles in the room.

Balaji credits Ravi’s computer like intellect for his invention. “Ravi’s artificial intelligence is awesome.  His CPU, I mean brain, maps the play with the appropriate cliché using a matching algorithm and the great man proceeds to verbalize it for the benefit of viewers. That’s when I realized why not create a computer language out of it.”

Balaji later revealed to The UnReal Times some of the keywords and expressions in C-Shastri for common programming constructs. For instance, the simple print statement in C-Shastri would be represented by “Flash-and-flash-hard()”. The main() section that programmers might recognize in a C program would be identified as “News-from-the-center()” in C-Shastri, and the classical Do-While loop would be substituted in C-Shastri by the equally classical “Do{ } Just-what-the-doctor-ordered”. A simple Hello World program in C-Shastri would be written as follows,

Flash-and-flash-hard(“Hello World”);

C-Shastri has already received a thumbs-up from Infosys founder Narayanmurthy. “To my mind, C-Shastri seems to be the answer to reduce employee attrition and improve productivity. And given that everyone at Infosys anyway browses Cricinfo or watches live streams of matches instead of coding, we might save a ton of money in training these guys in C-Shastri. Will ask my MD to adopt C-Shastri pronto,” said the software mogul to The UnReal Times.

For the benefit of our readers from Software Industry, The UnReal Times reproduces, with Balaji’s permission, a set of C-Shastri keywords for traditional programming constructs.

Program Element C-Shastri Syntax
Main () News-from-the-center()
Print () Flash-and-flash-hard()
If-Then-Elseif-Else At-this-stage-all-3-results-are-possible
Do { } while Do { } Just-what-the-doctor-ordered
Infinite loop Give-it-the-kitchen-sink
Break (or any exit loop) statement Take-the-aerial-route
Assigning value of X to Y X gave Y the-full-monty
Defining a variable (eg: integer x) AAAND….x is TAKEN!
X++ X is doing-it-in-singles
X = X + 2 X is running-hard-for-the-2nd
X = X + 4 X is dealing-in-boundaries-here
End Statement In-the-end-cricket-is-the-winner


Balaji plans to further develop the language under the principles of free and open source software collaboration. However, new constructs and modifications will have to be approved by Ravi.

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  • HaLin

    And, how does one use i-get-a-feeling()?

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  • Ravi

    Amazing. How do you guys come up with regular Shastri News :-)

  • Anurag

    for declaration of variables……..c-Shastri should say
    Men who matter x,y;

  • Chandrakant Wankar

    that is very amazing

  • sameer

    wondering how could you miss the ‘electrifying”tracer bullet’?

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  • shasvat

    And when u get error the error message should be shown as “and the frustation continues” :p :p

  • shasvat

    when one gets any error while compilation of program the error message should read as “and the frustration continues ” :P :P

  • uzair

    but when u will discover c-tendulker :P

  • http://www.mikhy-mikhy.com hemanth

    it was nice