Fre-Hindi is marriage of French & Hindi : A Lifelong Friendship cemented by festivals like Namasté France & Bonjour India

31 Aug 2016

Let a 1000 Alliance Française like centres for Hindi open in the world
Right from it’s inception in 2008; Frehindi ( Frendy ) sounding like “Friendly” ( N’est ce pas? ) of English is actually a sort of marriage of words from “French” & “Hindi”.

We at Frehindi strongly believes in the people to people love & association that is actually the basis of a strong affinity between the French people and the Indian people.

As a child many years back I could recollect how the French love for mountains and spiritualism used to draw them to the state of Uttarakhand where I used to find them wondering; reading and contemplating near a temple; cave or a local shop sipping the chai ( du thé ).

Similarly; I can recollect in my college days when I saw so many of my friends influenced by the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau & Voltaire discussing endlessly the ideas they professed.

So; just around that time; time was ripe & natural to go to the Alliance Française centre ( à Sud-X ) to take a French course to satisfy our hunger for the ideas; philosophy and culture of France.

However; if some young person wants to learn Hindi in any city in France to satisfy his or her hunger for the ideas; culture or philosophy of India, the options are very limited as we do not have a network like Alliance Française or Gothe Institut or Instituto Cervantes .

With our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi vociferously professing for Hindi; Yoga & many other things which can be considered gift of India to the world; the day is not far when we will have Hindi learning centres like Alliance Française around all major cities of the world.

The time is ripe for us to rise and show to the world what we have got and the same is not possible without the spread of language.

Let the fragrance & taste of Hindi capture the imagination of the world by opening thousands of Alliance Française; Gothe Institut or Instituto Cervantes like centres around the world.

The govt. of India & our PM Modi will find Le Frehindi right at the forefront of this initiative.

On the eve of the launch of Namasté India in France let is promise ourselves that we will all strive towards our goal of opening 1000 Hindi centres around the world in major cities.

Jai Hind Jai Hindi….

Team Frehindi


Profile of Mr Haru Mehra, President Le Frehindi, PARIS Le Frehindi is a Paris based organisation working for the benefit of students, aiming to help them become global citizens by providing them opportunities through lan- guages, cultural exchange programs, competitions and access to international educa- tion opportunities. In India, "Le Frehindi" is in direct contact with twenty thousand (20,000) students who learn French language, thanks to teachers sent by LE Frehindi to its partner schools, and who participate in various competitions, events and ex- changes organised by Le Frehindi, The name ‘Frehindi’ is derived from the languages 'French' and 'Hindi'. It was coined by educationist, writer for children and creator of Peppoetry based learning Mr. Harbinder Singh Mehra fondly called “Haru” in the industry who is perhaps the only person in the world using his peppoetry concept in writing hilarious and inspirational poems using jugglery of words from English, Hindi, French and Spanish. During his stay in Europe Mr. Haru found that many European languages like French, Spanish and Italian are grammatically much closer to Hindi then English. There are many striking similarities between the languages. After coming back to India, Mr. Haru devised a unique method of teaching French to students by encouraging them to use their own mother tongue to learn the French language in an easy and effort- less way. Mr. Haru Mehra has to his credit over 500 creative language workshops in schools & universities across India and creation of 30 innovative rhymes adapted especially for Indian students along with 25 new language games and series of theme based cre- ative learning aids, created after 7 years of creative interaction with youths across the world. Mr.Haru is also credited for developing two "Village Frehindi" camps i.e an unique summer camp in Himalayas, dedicated to Indo-French people and their friendship & another experiential learning based camp at Auroville in collaboration with Tibbiten Pavillion in Pondicherry in India. Mr. Haru is a Masters in Education and speaks 4 International languages. Prior to founding Frehindi Education & being a CFPCM by training he worked at senior posi- tions with various investment and Finance training companies for 14 years, the last being as GM at RNIS.

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