H2,2010 Zeitgeist of words

It is December 2010 and a perfect time to stop in the tracks and take a look at the (English) year that went by. So, since June I have been in Mumbai and these are the words that succinctly sum up the teaching experience so far:

Yaeeeeeeeeiiiiiii (that loud, long, shrieky sound people use here to call each other/attract attention in School (quite different from the pch, pch,pch sound used elsewhere to attract the attention of strangers), phodi, shoe nahin mila, book nahin mila and so on (for the 27 items), toilet jaana hain, do number jaana hain, khaske aaya hain, zor se aaya hain, bhook lagee hain, isne maar diya, usne maar diya, neeche gira diya, gala pakad lee, DHAKKA DIYA, Dhakel diya, gir gaya, khichdee le Lo, choree kar liya, pencil, eraser, lubber, rasurrr (eraser), shaapnurr (sharpener), chaak, bhool gaya, “Bhaiya P.T”, “Bhaiya, Nemo fish = Bhaiya, please show us a video”, kal chutti hain?, Bhaiya, main recess karoon kya? (= Bhaiya, shall I eat?), Bhaiyaaaa, yeh class mein recess kar rahi hain (= Bhaiya she is eating inside the class when you are teaching), yeh nahin aata hain, nahin samjha, biskit, pencil nahin, KHICHDI, dabba, more and more phodi, GAANV GAYE (Grrrrrrr), Shaadi hain, LAFDA, WOW, Colourful and Beautiful, Jingle Bells (for Santa Claus), dirty, clean, jadoo, pocha, table, chair, Munni, Chupa Chupi, P.T, “Bhaiya, colouring?”, gift.


One comment

  1. Ale

    How can we get the best of India’s youth to teach in Schools ?

    1) The no.1 deterrent is money. Teaching is not as lucrative as some other much sought after professions in India. We have call centres that pay better, and although teaching is a lot more gratifying, one needs to be able to put bread on the table too.

    2) Not sure of the other Indian states, but in Tamilnadu, a lot of young people (not necessarily with a stellar academic record) do opt to teach. But they prefer to work at government schools, where the pay is good, the benefits are plenty and one does not have to be accountable! Even if they do teach at private schools, it’s usually for a brief period, before a plum gvt job comes their way.

    3) A career in teaching at Indian schools offers little in terms of developing one’s skills and there are very few networking opportunities.

    The Indian government takes great pride in its RTE act but how can the act be used to its maximum advantage if the children have to spend six hours in a classroom with an uninspiring teacher?

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