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In Dubai, we heard a rumour that people in power tamper with weather reports so that the temperature never goes over 50 degrees Celsius, because if it does, everyone gets to take the day off. We wish there was a similar caveat for Delhi too, because then we’d be egging on this heat wave instead of dying for it to stop. We even have something you can do with all your days off: language school Zabaan has recently started a set of classes on India, where you can make up for never having paid attention in school. Summer holiday, indeed.

Taking A Nation

We’ve written about Zabaan’s free Urdu script lessons before, and their Hindi classes have grown popular amongst expats. And now, founder Ali Taqi has decided to start the courses on India after several requests. Teachers include ICS exam-givers, former IIT students and an architect who conducts the Indian art and architecture program.

The best part about the classes is that they are completely customizable and can be tweaked depending upon your interests. Unfortunately, this also means that there are no set batches, and so you have to either sign up for one-on-one lessons or wait for enough people to join to begin. Most courses last for 10 sessions and about 15 hours of your time, not including site visits.

Course Grind

We are particularly excited about a course in Indian polity and one on travel, around the country, which focuses on not-so-visited parts in UP and MP. There are also more standard lessons: Indian history and culture, art and architecture.

Zabaan has conducted Hindi and Urdu classes on Skype for a while now, and they’re offering the India lessons online too. Just remember to put on your pajamas before turning on the webcam, though.

Getting There: Email or call 9650122722 to know more and register for the classes, F12/A, ground floor Kailash Colony, Rs 1,000 per person per class for a group of 5 to 10 people.

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