American writer Katherine Russell Rich talks about reading, writing and Dreaming in Hindi
Dreaming in Hindi (Tranquebar, Rs 395) begins when Rich found her world turned upside down. She’d lost a job at the magazine she worked for, had battled breast cancer twice. She was single, unemployed and had the freedom to do new things. Perhaps, learn a language. “I’d been studying Hindi in New York for about six months when one day, I heard all these sentences around me. I saw three Indian guys talking about the weather, not any secrets of the universe, but I was flabbergasted to be able to understand them. I felt I’d been shifted to another place. I was hooked,” says Rich who had been working on a piece about taking Hindi lessons and the effect learning a second language had on the brain. The story got killed. “But I took the material and turned it into a book proposal in which I said I’d go to India and spend a year there,” says Rich.
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