Raksha Bandhan, First day of Hindi class, and mystery words

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Raksha Bandhan (रक्षा बंधन)

Today (August 24) is Raksha Bandhan (रक्षा बंधन).  The day in which sisters (बहिनें) honor their brothers (भाई) and in turn the brothers reconfirm their commitment to protect and look after their sisters.  There is a ceremony, which my wife and her brother went through at our house.

First the sister ties a  rakhi (राखी) to the brother’s wrist. 


Then the sister places a tilak on the brother’s forehead.


The sister will throw rice (चावल) on the brother for good luck.


And then feed the brother a sweet (मिठाई).


And then the brother gives his blessings.  (Listen to the podcast to get an explanation of Raksha Bandhan from Naraindas Ji in both Hindi and English)

(While researching Raksha Bandhan, I found this article which is worth looking at.  It has some good pictures and explanations. India festival – Raksha Bandhan)

First Day of Hindi Class (पहले दिन की हिंदी की कक्षा)

Monday was my first day of Hindi class at the University of Houston.  The teach, Arun Prakash, has put together a class that focuses on a lot of practice.  The materials we went over on Monday focus on taking a single concept and creating a lot of variations on it.  Prakash Jii’s focus is on people learning Hindi, and not on the mechanics of having a class.  This in combination with the normal pressure of being in a class will help focus my mind to ensure so that I will finally achieve a reasonable level of Hindi proficiency in Hindi.  I believe by the end of the class I will be able to feel comfortable reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Hindi.  I want to share with you the highlights of this class.

Prakash Jii pointed out several tips and tricks that can help you to speak correctly in Hindi.

Often the correct grammar to use when answering a question can be found within the question.

If someone asks “आपका नाम क्या है?”  then you answer replacing क्या with your name (नाम).  If some asks you आपका x  then you will respond back मेरा x.   (Likewise, if they ask आपकी then respond back मेरी.)


What types of answers do you give to a question with कहाँ (where) in it?  It is always a place.

What types of answers do you give to a question with क्या (what) in it?  It is always a “thing”, either a noun or pronoun.

How about कब (when)?  It is always a time.  And with कौन (who) it is always a person.

If you start a sentence with मैं (I) then expect to end it with हूँ (am).  (Exceptions for past tense, when a मैं is part of a group, and a few other cases.)

If you start a sentence with आप expect to end it with हैं.  And with तुम then end with हो.  (These are all true with the present tense.)


Mystery Words

The following are English words written with Devanagari (the Hindi script).  I found them in the materials that Prakash Jii gave us, and at first I was puzzled by them until I realized what they were.  What I would like for you to do is before the time I record Thursday’s episode (less than 36 hours from now), come by the website and leave a comment with as many of the English words that you have been able to figure out.  And for extra points, provide the Hindi equivalent where possible.

1) गेट नंबर

2) जॉश

3) इन्जिनियर

4) जेसिन

5) प्लेन

6) टीना

7) लिंकन

8) टीवी

9) टु प्ले

10) कॉलेज

11) मून

12) स्टार्स

13) प्लांटिग

14) ट्री

15) रिवर

16) बोट

17) विल स्विम

18) वॉच

19) हाइकिंग

20) रेस्ट

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