Lockdown Diary Day 17: A New Lexicon

Lockdown Diary Day 17: A New Lexicon

In this blog Rakesh Saraf talks about the new words that have been coined in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.   Much like most of humanity, I have spent pretty much the last 16 days at home. Today is Day 17 and, at the very least, I would suspect I have another 8...
The Remarkable Use of English in India

The Remarkable Use of English in India

In this blog Rakesh Saraf talks about some interesting and amusing usages in Indian English.   When I left India for the first time, I was in my late teens, freshly educated in a Scottish Baptist school, and taught English by Englishmen who were very intolerant...
Comprehending Shakespeare

Comprehending Shakespeare

In this blog Rakesh Saraf talks about reading Shakespeare and why he is still relevant today.   “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,  Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,  To the last syllable of recorded time;   And all our yesterdays have lighted fools ...
Learning — The Magic Potion

Learning — The Magic Potion

In this blog Rakesh Saraf talks about the benefits of continuing learning well into one’s silver years.   I was 67 years old when I looked at my collection of old Urdu literature, with prints from the 1920s onwards, once again in despair. Was I going to the...
‘ज़बान’ की अहमियत

‘ज़बान’ की अहमियत

One of our student coordinators, Varsha, shares her thoughts about the importance of learning any language. रफ़्तार से दौड़ती यह ज़िंदगी और इस ज़िंदगी में ‘ज़बान’ की अहमियत बहुत कम लोग समझ पाते हैं । ज़बान ही तो है जो कभी नज़रों में उठा देती है और कभी नज़रों से गिरा...