Marion found my blog online for learning Hindi via skype.She is from Vienna Austria but currently she is living in Italy.
She is former student of Indology and Ethnology from University of Vienna but she could not finish her study from there.her passion for learning Hindi is still with her so she tried to find online hindi class via skype.
According to Marion her job and duties never permit for making journey to India for learning Hindi so she thought to start through skype.
She called on my skype account and we talked for long time regarding the class ,Time differences ,how many hours per week and mode of payment and so on
We decided to meet for four hrs per week at the weekends as she has the much more better for her and for me as well.On the first lesson the Skype was horrible that day we called each other almost four to five times but it was slow.she was loosing her Patience saying that is it usual for Skype like this ? I said no this is your luck after some it worked nicely and we had wonderful class .
This way she is improving her Hindi and Now she could communicate in Hindi with couple of daily useful phrase .This time she is England and she will be back for Hindi on 11th of April on skype .
This year I am working with Eliza Smith a student of University of Wisconsin in Varanasi as Research assistant.Her topic of research is waste management of Varanasi.for this we interviewed some employee of municipal corporation of Varanasi.
First day we went to Nagar Nigam that is called municipal corporation and there we talked with some officer and they showed us the facilities and the cart which is provided to the sweepers.we also came across with a project called “J.L.N.U.W.M.S.”.This is central Government project and it is to be started very sooner or later.We talked for while and learnt about the waste management.
She asked the question with officer how garbage cause death of the animal .the officer answered that people put metal such as blade or dangerous item in the plastic with leftover food.and animal eat it and get sick that cause the death of animal.One of officer said the municipal corporation is coming with iron hand for free moving of Animal on the road.I asked personally if there is any law and order for moving animal.he said if animal will be caught moving free on the road then they will be caught and owner of animal will be fined some amount but so far I have not seen any time catching moving animal.and It not only cause the getting sick of animal as well as they make traffic jam in Varanasi.
We had to interview the doctor of veterinary hospital near by kabir chura.I had been many time in that area but i was not aware about this hospital.so I had to ask many time with local people to find exact location.Even local people was not aware with this veterinary hospital.One of the guy told us are you looking for “ghora hospital” that means it is the hospital of horse.Finally we reached there and had some conversation with doctor regarding how animal got sick due to garbage.
One day she called me and said that she wanted to interview the present mayor of Varanasi regarding the same.and she had already made appointment with her.we reached to jal sanstah which is called water supply place for the city and having reached there I called him that we have arrived here.and after few minute he came to his chamber where we were waiting for him.she had few question with him regarding the responsibility of cleaning and waste management of the city being mayor.and he responded for the same .it was my first time that I had chance to ask some question for the city cleanness.he said that recently municipal corporation has started public awareness programs to keep the city clean.
Stephanie Roach is from Australia she came in to contact with me through my blog and she wrote me mail as she was interested in learning Hindi .when she came to Varanasi with one of her friend or fellow traveller.he had been in Varanasi for long time and he works for tour operating company called Intrepid.as Stephanie has more faith on her friend so he wanted to enquire about other teacher in varanasi .
fortunately he used to learn yoga with teacher in Varanasi his name is kameshwar pathak near main ghats. we know each other for long time .pathak ji also recommended for me only she became very happy.as i provide for the accommodation facilities for my student.Stephanie was interested in family home stay accommodation so she asked to me.
I took her one of my friend’s house near crossing Assi and she liked place and started learning Hindi.she is enjoying a lot with family and made village trip with family.she will be here until January and she is interested in doing some volunteering work with NGO particularly for orphanage and education.I make her connection with little star school where she is happy to work for the kid’s education and welfare.
Dragons fall semester groups are in varansi.they arrived in varansi on 27th of october and started learning hindi from the next day of arrival.usually when students used to arrive in varansi they had some free time for getting in to the city or for fitting in the city but this time student were so excited for learning hindi that they started earlier.as usual this year also they are twelve students with two instructors.
one of the instructor is the same of last year her name is Debi but we have one new instructor whose name is Dan and i do not know their full names.I have already divide in to two groups of students as in smaller group they can lear more faster than in large group.two students are doing the credit so i have queses em every week.so far ia have taken two queses .
Students are doing very well and up to now they have learned many random phrase ,seven ko construction present habitual tense.present continuous tense .simple past .imperative ,used to construction, past continuous tense and want to constructions.
They also started reading Hindi script and some of them are writing in Devanagari script.however it is little difficult for writing.