Mahalo to all the Creative Ones in the ARC who kindly commented on my February selection, Gone Girl. Aloha to Darcy at art-and-sole.blogspot.com for
her Inspiration and FABulousness!
I invite you to relax with a cup of Chai as we journey to India.
My selection for March is Dreaming in Hindi...Coming Awake in Another Language(2009).
This is a memoir authored by Katherine Russell Rich. I bought this 360 page
hardcover book in the clearance section because the cover art caught my eye. I choose books without reading the reviews and just 'go with my intuition'. I thought this was going to be an easy-read adventure travel book similar to Liz Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. This was not the case.
Rich's first award-winning book was The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer--and Back(1999).
After suffering two bout's of cancer and the loss of employment in 2001, Kathy (45) decides to leave New York City and attend an intensive language learning program in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She stated in the prologue, "my life no longer made any kind of sense to me." She shares her range of interesting (at times humorous) experiences with her host family, teachers, students, and all the characters in her new community.
Kathy set out to understand what learning a second language (SL) does to the brain. She had a fascination on how language is learned and how language influences one's world view. As she discovers, "the process was frustrating and exhilarating and at times transcendent...I could only believe it was scrambling my brains" (pg. xv). She adds, "At night, I dream in Hindi I can't understand" (pg. 41).
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The chaos, colors & culture of India
I savored Rich's multi-sensory descriptions...the sights, sounds, scents of India. However, her narrative felt disjointed with shifts back and forth between an enjoyable cultural experience and the "hard science" of second language acquisition (SLA). Her extensive research and interviews with neurolinguists are cited in the bibliography.
The narrative takes many interesting detours that include the Hindu/Muslim conflicts following the terrorist attack on 9/11. Kathy departed NY only six days before.
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So...I enjoyed reading this selection even though the timeline & characters were confusing at times.
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Tissue, Fibers & Magazine Brain Images
Rating: 4 out of 5
If you have an interest in the Science of Language Acquisition or the Brilliance of the Brain mixed in with culture this one is for you. Definitely not
every one's cup of tea.
Katherine Russell Rich
(November 17, 1955 - April 3, 2012)
Mahalo ke Akua Aloha
|Looking at the World with a different perspective|
|North Shore of O'ahu|
My Hawaiian Phrase for
Dreaming in Hindi
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& art from the ARC. Mahalo Nui Loa...thank you
A Hui Hou...until we meet again