A short time ago I wrote a bit about what the pandemic was like in Canada – how it was being handled, how the people were doing. My Hindi teacher submitted it on my behalf to a newspaper in Chhattisgarh and I’m excited to say that yesterday it was published! I am over the moon.
Who knew that the very first time I had anything published it would be in Hindi and not English? I wouldn’t have believed it even a year ago. It speaks to the quality of my teacher, Mitali Khodiyar, that I’ve made such progress in my learning. Just before we started working together I was very discouraged and seriously considering giving up trying to improve my Hindi. I could speak only a few words and listening back to recordings of my speaking back then, I see that my pronunciation was not so good. So thanks to Mitali and I working hard together, I’ve reached a milestone I couldn’t even reach in English. I owe her, and the editor of the newspaper, Anil Dwivedi, so many thanks.