The first two weeks of INLANSO Intermediate Hindi Fall 2015

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The concept of INLANSO is to put the classroom knowledge into outdoor practice. The students prepare questions in the classroom, try to memorise the vocabulary that is needed for outdoor interactions and set off for talking to sabzivalas, phalvalas, rikshavalas, school children, homeworkers, widows, social activists, sadhus, pujaris, weavers…Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Christians, Buddhists, non-believers…all those who work and live there in the ghatsgalis and mohallas of Varanasi.

On Saturday 12/9 the students, some of the teachers and coordinators went to visit Sarnath, the place where the message of Buddha was put into a conceptual frame and came into existence as an institutionalised set of conduct prescriptions.
 Sarnath ruins 3
INLANSO invites every semester specialists in different fields from all over India. Prof R. Raj Rao from University of Pune was invited to lecture on the phenomenon of Hinglish to the students. Raj Rao is among other things novelist and critic and his iconic novel The Boyfriend from 2003 and the newly released Lady Lolita’s Lover served as the departure point of discussion for illustrating the functionality of Hinglish especially in relations that trespasses the social boundaries of class, caste, gender and age. Raj Rao is also one of India’s foremost queer theorists and on Wednesday 16/9 just before leaving for the airport to catch the flight back to his regular teaching in Pune, he spoke on Me Hijra, Me Laxmi, which is an autobiographical account of a transgender rights activist. Raj Rao together with P.G. Joshi has translated the book into English from Marathi.
Raj Rao
The concept of INLANSO is to put the classroom knowledge into outdoor practice. The students prepare questions in the classroom, try to memorise the vocabulary that is needed for outdoor interactions and set off for talking to sabzivalas, phalvalas, rikshavalas, school children, homeworkers, widows, social activists, sadhus, pujaris, weavers…Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Christians, Buddhists, non-believers…all those who work and live there in the ghatsgalis and mohallasof Varanasi.