I think this is an automated voice error I would say ek kitaab (more of a pause between the words than a vowel)
Yeah, I am pretty sure it is "ek kitaab" because I asked my dad who is fluent in Hindi.
since the following word starts with a consonant, is the final क supposed to have a short a sound after it?
I would imagine it is neither a 'short a', nor an 'uh' sound, but the briefest of glottal stops. Similar to saying 'black candle'..?
When you see a consonant without vowel I think there are 2 options. It's short a or nothing.
Yes. Quite similar to how in many European languages, one and a/an are often interchangeable.
I don't get it. Why are the letters combined? Or at least they look combined. Can someone help me decipher?