• Beginner Hindu-Urdu Lesson/Meetup

    Panera Bread


    *This lesson/meetup is for beginning learners of Hindi-Urdu (either complete beginners, or those who know a few words and sentences, but are not yet familiar with all verb tenses). First we'll chat a little and get to know each other in English. Then, via communicative activities, we'll learn to use Hindi-Urdu to describe ourselves and our interests. So that I can gear this lesson to student needs, please tell me about your previous experience with Hindi-Urdu when you RSVP for this Meetup. *Free parking is available in the parking lot outside Panera, and the Porter Square T is also just across the street. *Note that in order to cover our yearly Meetup fee of more than $200, we need to charge a small fee for our Meetups. Fees also help pay for lesson materials and lesson plans. *We welcome new organizers; please contact me if you're interested. Being an organizer means you can design your own Hindi-Urdu-related activities and get lots of people to do them with you! *Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

  • Intermediate/Advanced Hindi-Urdu Conversation Meetup

    *We'll meet at the delicious Masala Buffet and chat. Although it's svādiṣṭ, you don't have to eat to join us for the conversation. However, please do RSVP because we have to reserve enough seats, and this place can be busy on weekends. *If you decide you can't make it, please change your RSVP even right up to the beginning of the event. This will help me a lot with obtaining the right amount of seating. *Native and non-native speakers are welcome at this bātcīt. Come and chat with new and/or old friends! Since this is an intermediate/advanced-level conversation Meetup, we will be speaking only Hindi (although please feel free to ask for help with vocab you don't know). If you are not yet able to have basic discussions in Hindi, please attend one of our Beginning Meetups instead. *Free on-street parking is available down the hill from the restaurant, which is also a ten-minute walk from Davis Square T. *Note that in order to cover our yearly Meetup fees of more than $200, we need to charge a small fee for our Meetups. *We welcome new organizers; please contact me if you're interested. Being an organizer means you can design your own Hindi-Urdu-related activities and get lots of people to do them with you! *Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

  • Nandita Das Talking about "Manto" Film at Tufts University!

    Tufts University's Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies presents a conversation between "Manto" film director Nandita Das and esteemed professor of history Dr. Ayesha Jalal. More information here: https://as.tufts.edu/csaios/ The location on Tufts University's campus is Cabot (Cabot Intercultural Center) 703. We can chat about the event afterwards for about 15 minutes. Nandita Das will also be at Harvard University today (3/12/19) from 4-7 p.m. (I am personally unable to attend). https://history.fas.harvard.edu/event/partition-literature-film-and-history-screening-nandita-das%E2%80%99s-new-film-%E2%80%9Cmanto%E2%80%9D

  • Shayri Baithak (Poetry Gathering) at the Boston Public Library

    We will have a casual gathering to read Hindi/Urdu poetry at the Newsfeed Cafe in the Boston Public Library. Please bring a poem (of any length by any author!) If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these websites: rekhta.org kavitakosh.org pagalshayari.com totaltashan.com

  • My New Year's resolutions (Mere naye saal ke sankalp)

    Happy New Year Folks ! Naya Saal Mubarak ! Let's sit and talk about your new year plans, resolutions etc. This will be our first meetup of this year, so I am making it more like chit chat over coffee about your plans for new year and also let's discuss that what is new and exciting we can do for our future meetups.

  • Evening Shadows - Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival

    Pao Arts Center

    Friday, Dec 7, 6:00 PM Film: Evening Shadows (2018) Language: Hindi with English Subtitles Location: Pao Arts Center 99 Albany Street, Boston MA 02111 (Entrance from ramp leading to I-90) Director: Sridhar Rangayan Key Actors: Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi Q&A: Lead Actress Mona Ambegaonkar (from Mumbai) and producer Hussain Ali will be attending for a discussion after the screening Tickets: $15 Early Bird – higher at venue if available http://events.sulekha.com/4th-caleidoscope-indian-film-festival-in-boston_event-in_cambridge-ma_333965 Synopsis: Under the 'Evening Shadows', truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. This film has a LGBT theme. Short Film: The well awarded short film "Life After" by Ria Tobaccowala will start the program at 6 PM, followed by the feature film and Q&A Transportation: Strongly recommend using public transport – easy walking distance from South Station Red Line as well as Orange line from Chinatown. Come a little early. More information on the Caleidoscope website: http://www.calfilmfest.org/ After the movie, we can meet and chat.

  • Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

    Boston is hosting a Jewish Film Festival for the next few weeks. There is a Hindi and English documentary film about India’s Jews helped shape the world’s largest film industry- Bollywood. The film is called "Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema." The film is this weekend, Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. at the ICA. More information about the film here: https://www.icaboston.org/events/boston-jewish-film-festival-shalom-bollywood-untold-story-indian-cinema Tickets are $18 for non-members of the ICA. Get tickets here: https://prod1.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=173773~3a1dbf00-5ad7-4f53-af12-28ba7bfe20f4&epguid=6d8c[masked]f5-4e66-aae6-202cca808e70& Afterwards, we can grab a quick coffee and discuss the film in Hindi at Flour Bakery down the street.

  • Hindi and Hiking in the Middlesex Fells -- now with more fall colors!

    Middlesex Fells Reservation

    By popular demand, come enjoy hiking and Hindi in the Middlesex Fells Reservation, just off Route 93 and just north of Boston proper. We will go on a ~5 mile hike and chat in Hindi as we go. We will hike the 5.2 mile Reservoir Trail, which is considered a "moderate to difficult trail" and is expected to take about 5 hours (https://www.friendsofthefells.org/trails/). With luck we should see some nice colors on the trees! Rain cancels; I will be checking the weather forecast and will send a final go/no go message the night before by 9 PM latest. Meet at the Middlesex Fells Upper Sheepfold Parking lot, at the board at the northern edge of the parking lot, at 9 AM sharp. Parking should be available given our early start, but consider taking Lyft/Uber if you don't want to worry about it. Please bring the usual for a hike, including good hiking boots, layers, plenty of water, snacks, and a packed lunch. You may also want to bring bug spray/sunscreen, a first-aid kit, and non-cotton athletic clothing. Please note that I am not a trained wilderness guide, nor do I have any special expertise or first aid training. I'm just a volunteer who enjoys speaking Hindi and amateur hiking! While the Fells are pretty tame, any hiking is an outdoors activity with some degree of risk. By participating in this you acknowledge that you're in good physical condition and willing to risk the inherent dangers of this activity, and you agree not to hold the organizers liable for any injuries or accidents that may occur on this activity.

  • Hindi Baatchiit (Chutkulaa) @ Cambridge Public Library!

    Cambridge Public Library

    # What to expect Join us for Hindi Jokes (Chutkulaa). Jokes will be printed and shared, so we’ll have a bunch of Jokes for you to pick and read out loud. Bring a joke to share as well! Afterwards, we’ll stick around for some conversational Hindi and there are some pubs nearby. # How to find us We'll be outside on the grass. Look for a sign that says Boston Hindi Speakers and start talking. If the weather turns to rain, we'll meet on the patio again. # What to bring * A Hindi Joke! # Parking Take the Red Line to the Harvard T stop and Cambridge Public Library is a few blocks away. We encourage people to take public transportation, but if you drive, there is limited side street parking as well as parking garages nearby: http://www.harvardsquare.com/parking