A native Hindi speaker from Mumbai is inviting OAR FM listeners to take an
enriching journey to connect Hindi speaking communities of New Zealand.
Richa Berde moved to Dunedin in February 2020 to pursue her studies in tourism, soon finding herself confined to hostel accommodation through a nationwide lockdown.
The experience was made especially challenging by her distance from family and
friends, and her sense of disconnection from her homeland.
An invitation to talk about her background, interests and language on OAR FM’s
Connecting Cultures Zone led to a further conversation about hosting a
programme and podcast of her own.
Ms Berde said “Enrich with Richa” was for anyone interested in learning Hindi
along with the cultural aspects of the language.
“Guests will share their experiences of coming to New Zealand, of their life journey
and their relationship with the Hindi language.
“I believe this will foster increased cultural awareness and exchange.”
The series features a mix of English and Hindi, and includes a segment introducing
a common Hindi phrase for those who are new to the language.
“Enrich with Richa” is broadcast every second Thursday at 8.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple
podcasts. A full schedule of OAR FM programmes can be found at www.oar.org.nz.