President of India honors former HUF director Herman van Olphen

The President of India, Pratibha Patil, has awarded the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s former (and founding) director Herman van Olphen the extremely prestigious Sir George Grierson award for a lifetime of service towards teaching and promoting the Hindi language. Van Olphen received the award in a special ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential House) on June 20, 2012.

HUF publishes digital edition of popular Braj Bhasha reader

The Hindi Urdu Flagship has just published a free digital version of Rupert Snell’s classic introduction to Braj Bhasha, the wonderful medieval ancestor of modern Hindi. The book is available both online and as a downloadable PDF. There are a number of options for the PDF download including high-resolution, small file-size, and individual chapters.

“Teach Yourself Hindi” books in new editions

Students of Hindi worldwide may be interested to know that Rupert Snell’s five Hindi books in the Teach Yourself series have been published in new editions. In response to queries from individuals confused about names and editions, we have listed below the latest edition of each book in the series. Further information can be found… Read More

HUF Director publishes book on Hinglish

In collaboration with Rita Kothari, HUF Director Rupert Snell has just published a new book on the phenomenon of Hinglish.

Students, colleagues, family celebrate the career of Herman van Olphen

Former and current students, colleagues, and friends gathered Friday, April 9 to commemorate the life and career of HUF director Herman van Olphen. Speeches were made by Joel Brereton, Surendra Gambhir, Juliana van Olphen and Arun Prakash. Ishrat Afreen recited a poem she composed for the occasion. Max Bruce provided an on-the-spot translation. Much food

Students, colleagues, family celebrate the career of Herman van Olphen