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Chor! Thief! Posted by on Dec 9, 2016

I was the victim (shikaar) of a robbery (chori) today, and to say the least, it was a stressful experience (anubhav). Theft (chori) does not always mean loss of valuables (keemati cheezayn). Quite often it involves loss of objects dear (pyaaray) to us for the memories (yaadein) they hold. In my case it was things given to me…

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The Strange One Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Following on last week’s blog about the famous Hindi writer Mahadevi Varma (महादेवी वर्मा), I’d like to discuss another important Hindi literary figure this week: Nirala (निराला) (1896/99-1961). This writer, whose date of birth is not definitively known, was born Suraj Kumar Tevari (सूरज कुमार तिवारी) (later known as Suryakant Tripathi, सूर्यकान्त त्रिपाठी) into a…

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Mmmm … Mangoes Posted by on Dec 1, 2016

If you have ever been to a local market बाज़ार /मंडी (baazaar/mun-dee)  in India between late April/early May and September, you may have noticed baskets टोकरी (toke-ree) of golden yellow mangoes आम (aam) dominating the product displays. The mighty mango is a beloved fruit फ़ल (phal) in India, and also carries the unique distinction of being the country’s…

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An Homage to Mahadevi Varma Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

I had the good fortune to spend this past Thanksgiving week in one of the most beautiful parts (or the most beautiful part, in my opinion) of the United States: Vermont. Although I have visited Vermont several times before, I looked forward to this visit especially as it would be the first time I would…

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Many Reasons to Run Posted by on Nov 25, 2016

In the United States people are celebrating the Thanksgiving festival त्यौहार (tyauhaar) this week. This is a holiday छुट्टी (chuttee) that celebrates मनाना (manaana=to celebrate) and gives gratitude कृतज्ञता (krutagyataa) for all good things in life जीवन (jeevan). Most Americans will gather इकठ्ठा होना (i-kattha hona=to gather) to feast with friends दोस्त (doast) and family परिवार (parivaar). Those less fortunate अभागे (a-bhaagey) depend…

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