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5 Authentic Hindi Teaching Sources Posted by on Aug 26, 2021

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I learned Hindi the old fashioned way पुराने ज़माने का. In a classroom in India by a teacher who taught us using a blackboard and nothing else और कुछ नहीं. We took the notes down diligently however once we left the classroom we did not remember a thing in real life वास्तविक जीवन we had…

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Bandra Hindi Posted by on Apr 2, 2021

Sea Link Bridge Bandra

Bandra Hindi What is Bandra Hindi? Bandraites, the residents of Bandra speak a combination मिश्रण  of Hindi and English with colloquial phrases. This language is a mixture of Hindi words that are anglicized or butchered, slang, and Marathi words. Where did Bandra Hindi come from? Bandra Hindi evolved विकसित from Marathi, Konkani, and English which…

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At the Forefront of Rajasthani Folk Music – Mame Khan Posted by on Nov 14, 2018

As you may know from my previous post on the topic, I’m a big fan (प्रशंसक/prashansak) of Coke Studio. I especially enjoy folk music (लोक संगीत/lok sangeet) as it is performed on the show and recently came across a folk artist from Rajasthan, Mame Khan (ममे खान), who is remarkable for his talent, unabashed dedication to…

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The Many Names of India Posted by on Nov 8, 2018

Most, if not all, countries (देश/desh, masc.) in the world have multiple names (विभिन्न नाम/vibhinn naam, masc.) depending on which language (भाषा/bhaashaa, fem. or ज़बान/zabaan, fem.) you are using: for example, Deutschland vs. Germany, España vs. Spain and Éireann vs. Ireland, etc. Similarly, the story of India’s many coexisting names is fascinating and complex in…

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Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins Posted by on Oct 29, 2018

All over the world, each culture has its own ways of making sense of death (मृत्यु or मौत), the afterlife and supernatural phenomena. India, of course, is no exception. In my last blog, I discussed the tales from Baital Pachisi (बेताल पच्चीसी), a collection of stories about the mythical king Vikramaditya and his quest to…

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Vikram and The Vampire / विक्रम और बेताल Posted by on Oct 27, 2018

As Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (मनपसंद त्योहार/manpasand tyohaar), and I’ve been fascinated with ghost stories since I was a child, I thought I would share an Indian “ghost story,” if you will, in honor of the upcoming (आनेवाला/aanevaalaa) holiday. When I was a teenager, I came across a collection of tales (कथाएँ/kathaaen…

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WhatsApp in India / इंडिया में व्हाट्सऐप Posted by on Oct 21, 2018

Some of you may be familiar with the popular messaging app known as “Whatsapp” (व्हाट्सऐप). In India and many other countries, this app is widely used as a major form of communication (संचार का प्रमुख माध्यम/sanchaar ka pramukh maadhyam) as you can call, text and video chat through its service for free as long as…

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