March 21, 2013
I am of Gujarati background and learned Hindi at the University of Minnesota and then moved to Kolkata with my husband. I became fluent in Hindi there and grew into the language along with our infant son. I love appreciating the similarities and differences between Gujarati and Hindi. Language, for me, is not limited to identity-related issues/politics. Rather, it's a means of expression and full of history on its own. I look forward to engaging with others, in Hindi, and to learn from a wide circle of speakers.
I would say that I'm in between an advanced and native speaker. I don't dream in Hindi, though in India I had begun to think in Hindi.
We do speak occasionally at home, though not as much as would be optimal to teach proficiency to our boys.
My name is Punita Arora. We moved to the Boston area from the Midwest about 1 1/2 years ago. My husband Ravi and I have three boys--20, 15, and almost 14. Eager to meet new and interesting people in our new city!