I had my Hindi exam today. It's not fair that I'm being forced to take Hindi in college but that's D.U. for you. Trying to strip us all of our regional allegiances and turn us all into those J-people everyone warned me about. But D.U. magnanimously allowed me to do Lower Hindi. Doesn't matter. I'm pretty sure I failed anyway.
I couldn't understand what the first question said. I recognised the word "bhasha" and it was for seven marks. So after racking my brains a bit, I wrote: Hindi bhasha bahooth purana bhasha hai.
No clue what question 2 was about, onto question 3 which was grammar. I got some synonyms- not all, but some. For the opposites I just put an "a" before every word. Didn't know what the idioms meant but there was one sentence about pouring ghee on anger so I thought maybe it meant anger cooling down or something. So I wrote a long, incorrect sentence about a father and his truant yet repentant son.
Then was an essay on "Plastic ki duniya". I laughed a lot to myself while writing the answer to that.
Then there was a letter. Actually, two. We had to choose one. I wasn't sure what either of them meant so I just scribbled the format and wrote "Pria Mataji" and then at the bottom, "Apka beti, Mira" (I was too embarrassed to put my own name in). Mawii went one step better and addressed her "Pria Dost", saying she was "theek hoon", was the Pria Dost also "theek hoon?" We later found out that they were both formal letters dealing with rising school fees and the construction of parks in localities.
The last question was 400 words on what I'd do if I was a crorepati. I said I'd travel the world, educate children in India and live in a chota koti by the sagar and take a nauka out to the sagar and never come back.
And I never thought I'd say this but I'd give ANYTHING to do Bengali instead. I kept slipping into it while writing my paper. It's so much more elegant. None of these "yuhs" and "nahis" and "yahas" and "hos" and their tables are all 'its' like tables should be.