Escaping advanced conversion rules by '#'
Varamozhi has got advanced conversion rules along with basic transliteration key sequences. They help to write common English words like 'school' or 'bus' as it is, rather than writting them as 'skooL' or 'bas'. These rules are also used to define more than one key sequence for one character. Example 'ngka' = 'nka'.
But sometimes this rules will prevent you from writting some rare words the way you want. A pound (sharp/hash) character ('#') at the end of a word (or part of word) will tell Varamozhi not to be too smart for translating the previous word - means, it turns off all the "special rules".
For example, 'van' = 'vaan' = വാന് in Varamozhi. But, say in a poem stanza, you need വന്. Then write it as 'van#'.
Note that this will turn off all rules - Not only English/Malayalam conversion. To see what I mean, try the following:
thanguka thanguka# thangnguka#
samyamam samyamam# sam_yamam#
(contributed by Umesh)