Have you ever felt the urge to follow your heart and do what you always wanted to?
Still looking for a push to take that plunge? Always remember, it's now or never. An epitome of this is the lady Pallavi Singh. Pallavi is a Hindi teacher for foreigners in India. You will be amazed to find that Pallavi is just 25 years old and is the youngest to be interviewed at the Rajya Sabha of Indian Parliament. That's stupendous! She had come to Mumbai to carry forward her passion of teaching Hindi. She began teaching in 2011 and has not looked back ever since.
Read on to find how a young engineering graduate from Delhi and a psychology student from Mumbai has become one of the best Hindi teachers for foreign expats. And yes, the transition from Delhi to Mumbai was difficult for her. Definitely, Pallavi has trodden on a less travelled path in India! Great work, Pallavi! WittyFeed is proud of you!
So, here is Pallavi Singh, in conversation with WittyFeed.
Yes, it requires immense courage to do things your way, to work your own hours and be one's own master, in this dominating world!
Pallavi breaks the sentences to make it easy for her students to grasp. She is very articulate and has a clarity of speech. The moment you hear her say something, it instantly settles in your brain. This is what is desired of a teacher, and she has it!
She wanted to work in her own way. She even applied for jobs and universities abroad, but she was refused. And the explanation given was that you are not an IITian or an NITian.
She has had a varied clientele, ranging from Jacqueline Fernandes to William Dalrymple. Just like me, even she believes that planning never helps, she loves to go with the flow and follow her heart.
Her Hindi teaching efforts have been applauded by BBC India, Outlook India and Navbharat Times, to name a few. She feels that in this age, dominated by technology, no mobile application can teach you a language well. There is no replacement of that personal communication.
Thinking of the future, she wishes to open her own Hindi teaching school for foreigners in India.
To this she responds that there are some words that cannot be translated and providing alternate words is a brain-scratching job. She tries to inculcate humour in her teaching. She also tries to break down the sentences of the not-so-easy language, so that it is less intimidating for the students.
Pallavi feels that money is a by-product of what she does. Her message to the youth of the country- Be updated with the "white" culture, instead of indulging in west-aping! Beware of the psychological brainwash! Moreover, she wants the millennials to stay true to their roots and not be swayed easily.
She has encountered some really memorable events in her life. From a simple birthday wish to William Dalrymple and getting him as her student, to people's reactions when foreigners converse with them in Hindi, has left her feeling proud of her work.
People, it's time to reach out to her. Do not let go of this talent. Be enthusiastic!
Pleased to talk to you Pallavi! WittyFeed wishes you a prosperous future!
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