Granthika | Reinventing Writing and Reading for the Digital Age

Granthika builds connections within your text, making it easy for you to tell your story.

Reinventing Writing and Reading for the Digital Age

The Need: Writers Must Keep Track of Innumerable Details

  • Who: People, many people. And sometimes dragons and elves. And their cousins. And the color of Anna’s eyes.

  • What: Meerschaum pipes. That bag of diamonds. The assassin’s dagger. Melanie’s toothbrush.

  • Where: Everest base camp. A village called Waterloo. The neighbor’s bedroom.

  • When: February 23, 1896. One week before Asha’s birthday. A hundred years after once upon a time...

The Old Hack: Multiple Independent Tools

  • A spreadsheet to keep track of dates and events, and to calculate the ages of characters.

    Index cards to visualize the structural outline of the document.

    A timeline – perhaps drawn on a wall – to visualize the relationship between events.

    A word processor that doesn’t organize any of the above.

The Result: Huge Cognitive Burden, Manual Effort, and Mistakes

  • In Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, Watson’s war wound migrates from his shoulder to his leg.

    Watson’s first name also changes from John to James.

  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, before Harry and Hermione go back in time, readers learn that Buckbeak is tied to a tree; however when they go back in time, Buckbeak is tied to a fence.

    "Most of the fansites will point you in the direction of my mistakes."

    - J.K. Rowling

  • In the Illiad, Menelaus kills a king named Pylaimenes, but somehow Pylaimenes shows up later to witness the death of his own son.

    This prompted the Roman poet Horace to remark, "I get annoyed when the great Homer nods off."

The Solution: Granthika

  • Granthika seamlessly combines the functionality of an editor, a database, and a timeline maker.

    As you write, you create person-entities with attributes (name, birth-date, etc.), and events and locations with appropriate attributes.

How It Works

  • Granthika is based on reflexive text, which unifies text and knowledge in one seamless fabric.

    Reflexive text is not mere markup (like HTML); it is a completely unprecedented, patent-pending technology which transparently blends syntax and semantics, words and their meanings.

    Reflexive text makes it possible for Granthika to apply deductive reasoning and AI techniques over text and the knowledge which the text describes.

granth (Sanskrit verb): to fasten, tie or string together, arrange, connect in a regular series; to string words together, compose (a literary work).

grantha (Sanskrit noun): an artificial arrangement of words, verse, composition, treatise, literary production, book in prose or verse, text.

granthika (Sanskrit noun): narrator, relator, “one who understands the joints or divisions of time.”