A 1995 alumna of the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Hindi throughout my student life while simultaneously majoring in Indian Philosophy.
I grew up in New Delhi in a large joint family of Hindi speakers, a family that set high standards for written and spoken language. Using grammar or pronunciation incorrectly was not an option. Stories from my cultural heritage were discussed at the dinner table as was rustic life in the terai and the plains of the state of Uttar Pradesh, to which my family belongs.
My late mother's influence on me about history, culture and story telling set the tone for who I was to become in my adult life. It was also my (most precious) Tai who regaled me with her sharp sense of humour as also her artistic prowess at theatre, Hindi writing, 'dandebaazi', sewing and embroidery. In my mind she stood for everything creative. Though I was mediocre at most of the talents that she herself was accomplished at, she did teach me to aspire to use a language, any language, correctly. Between the two ladies, not only did I develop my professional chops, but I also learnt from them to embody the spirit of genuine nurturing and teaching with kind gentleness.
My teaching experience began as a volunteer at 14 years of age when I undertook the task of educating underprivileged families, individuals who had never been enrolled at a school. I taught all subjects stipulated in the standard school board, using Hindi as medium of instruction. I eventually helped them take exams and improve the quality of jobs they could then avail. Simultaneously I began to work with intellectually challenged and spastic adults to train them in self-expression through writing, speaking, painting, drama and sport. My work with children from financially vulnerable
families continued for much of my adult life.
Since 2009, I have been taking after school classes for middle and senior school students. I adjust my curriculum to help my pupils build on their strengths in the language. My classes are replete with fascinating information on life in northern India. My teaching style is friendly and
engaging, my fervour towards teaching this language, most obvious and infectious.
Since late 2018, I live and work in Atlanta, GA, USA, and take both in-person and online classes for anyone wanting to learn Hindi to pursue a passion, travel, make friends or because it is a part of their academic curriculum.