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I am Human, Just Like You (Main Insaan Hun, Tumhaari Tarah) Posted by on Jan 29, 2017

Following the events of this week, I thought it would be relevant to share a song that celebrates unity and peace. This song, entitled “जानेवालो ज़रा, मुड़के देखो मुझे/Jaanevalo Zara Mudke Dekho Mujhe” (Passersby, Just Turn and Look at Me) is from the 1964 movie, दोस्ती/Dosti (fem. noun, friendship). The film centers on the close…

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वर्णन करना : To Describe Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

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Varnan karna. When I teach writing to children लेखन (lekhan), I find that they struggle most with recalling and using descriptive words वर्णात्मक शब्द (varnaatmuk shubd). They have no trouble coming up with complicated पेचीदा (pay-cheeda) stories कहानियाँ (ka-haaniyaan). However, it is a constant challenge to offer detailed विस्तृत (vistrut) written sketches of characters पात्र (paatra) and accounts of scenes दृश्य (drishya). After all, a…

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In Honor of Women (Naariyon ke Samman Me) Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

Hello everyone/नमस्ते सब लोग (Namaste sab log)! My apologies (मुझे माफ़ कर दीजिए/Mujhe maaf kar dijiye, please forgive me) for not posting the previous week (पिछले हफ़्ते/pichle hafte)––I became very busy (व्यस्त/vyast) with other work, but now I’m back to talk about a very topical issue (मुद्दा/muddaa, masc. noun)! This past weekend, I participated in…

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गरम चाय की प्याली हो … Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Garam chai ki pyaali ho … Aah, now if only I had a cup of hot chai … The history of tea is thousands of years old. Yet the humble cup of tea remains till date a beverage that can embody hospitality, provide relaxation from a tired day, be an excuse to meet and catch up…

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व्यायाम, कसरत, और खेल कूद Posted by on Jan 14, 2017

Vyaayaam, kasrat, aur khel kood. Exercise and sports. Note: सोमवार से मेरी तबीयत ठीक नहीं थी … ज़ुकाम, बुखार, वगैरह। इस कारण मैं समय पर ब्लॉग लिख नहीं सकी। क्षमा चाहती हूँ। (Somvaar se meri tabiyat theek nahin thii … zukaam, bukhaar, vagairah. Is kaaran main sum-aye par blog likh nahin saki. Kshama chaahti hoon. I have…

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