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Shopping Adventures in India Posted by on May 6, 2018

Like finding suitable transportation, finding and buying clothing in India has its own challenges. One of the great things about visiting and/or living in India is that you can choose your own material and buy clothes that are custom-fitted to you by working with a clothing vendor and tailor. Of course, malls are also an…

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The Ins and Outs of Rickshaws Posted by on Apr 30, 2018

As an American visiting India for the first time, I did not come equipped, as you might expect, with the “sixth sense” of being able to bargain (bargain=मोल तोल करना/mol tol karnaa) fluently. This was a particular handicap when I was seeking transportation, specifically in the form of rickshaws and auto rickshaws. For Americans (अमेरिकन…

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Lagna vs Lagaana Posted by on Apr 30, 2018

A reader of a previous blog requested some clarification on lagana/lagaana. Here are some sentences that use the two words and describe different contexts/situations. लगना (lagna) बारिश के इस मौसम में बहुत ठण्ड लगती है।  Baarish ke is mausam mein bahut thand lagti hai. In this rainy weather, one feels very cold. ठण्ड लगना (inf. thand lagna) = to…

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Expressing your Emotions or Feelings in Hindi Posted by on Apr 22, 2018

As we go about life, we humans are overcome by a variety of emotions every day. Some of them may be routine irritations like mild anger at a bad driver or traffic; sometimes it may be happiness or pleasure; at other times it could be something as strong fear. In Hindi, an emotion or feeling…

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Coke Studio India Posted by on Apr 20, 2018

I was first introduced to the addictive phenomenon that is Coke Studio, a show that debuted on MTV in 2011, by my Pashto lecturer in college. From day one, I was hooked to Coke Studio’s infectious rhythms, beautiful lyrics and inventive blend of musical genres you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. In addition…

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