Moving from Fiji to Australia at the age of 13 was a life changing experience. However, the existence of a Hindi School in Brisbane made it a smooth transition, primarily due to the retention of our Hindi language and culture. Valuable time and effort was invested on us to learn Hindi. From learning individual letters and sounds, to forming words, and then reading and writing sentences. In addition, as part of the Hindi School, I was given the opportunity to share my passion for dancing and choreography. As a result, organised stage performances for the Deepawali Functions for numerous years to fundraise for Hindu Society of QLD. A great example of how Hindi School had a positive impact on other community organisations. The flow on effect of all this evolved with an opportunity for me to act in a feature film. Being a Senior High School Teacher, I would like to see the introduction of Hindi Language teaching in schools by qualified
language teachers as part of our national curriculum in the future. After all, India is Australia’s fifth largest export market and tenth
largest trading partner overall as per Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017. I would encourage others to join the Hindi School, not only to retain our language and culture but also to bring out the hidden talents of our upcoming younger generation. You get an
opportunity to be part of the community and to build new friendships!