Daily Question – 131

130 : Munshi Premchand, on whose works Oka Oori Katha and Shatranj Ke Khilari are based.

One of the earliest descriptions of encryption by substitution appears in a text written in the 4th century AD (itself based on manuscripts dating back to the 4th century BC.) The text recommends that women should be well versed in various arts including conjuring, chess, bookbinding and carpentry. Among the arts  is mlecchita-vikalpa, the art of secret writing. One of the recommended techniques involves randomly pairing letters of the alphabet, and then substituting each letter in the original message with its partner. This cipher is known by the name of the book or by that of the author. What cipher is this?

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22 responses to “Daily Question – 131

  1. Vatsyayana / Kamasutra cipher :)

  2. Kama Sutra cipher or Vatsyayana cipher

  3. Pooja Narayanan

    Kamasutra / Vatsayana cipher

  4. Kama-sutra by Vatsyayana

  5. Kama Sutra cipher

  6. Aryabhata Cipher.
    The book is Lilavati

  7. The Kamasutra cipher or the Vatsyayana cipher

  8. Kamasutra Cipher / Vatsyayana cipher.

  9. Kamasutra

  10. Vatsyayana or Kamasutra cipher

  11. citybank(rupt)

    Thomas told me that a malu quizzer who goes by the name of KVK uncle gave him a copy of Kamasutra while KVK was in Kochi. He had told him to read only the chapter about cryptology. since Thomas could not understand it, he took it to his class teacher, Miss Susie and he hasnt seen the book ever sinece. KVK uncle-if you are readig this blog, could you send me another copy?

  12. Vatsyayana, Kamasutra

  13. The Kama-Sutra cipher!

  14. Frequency Analysis and the Kama Sutra Substitution Cipher

  15. Ajay Parasuraman

    Julius Caesar ?

  16. Vatsyayana cipher or Kama Sutra cipher

  17. I remember reading about this encryption in ‘The Code Book’ – the book in question is Kamasutra

    – Apurva

  18. kamasutra/vatsyayana cipher?

  19. anil raghavan

    kama sutra?

    anil raghavan

  20. anil raghavan

    kama sutra?
    anil raghavan

  21. Kama sutra