Growing up, I spoke Bengali at home but because my hometown New Delhi, the capital city of the country, was predominantly Hindi-speaking, that was the language my friends and I spoke in school, in the neighborhood, on the bus, with the vegetable-seller etc. I was not a fan. Hindi is a deeply gendered language. Everything, whether it is a car or a bus or a crow, has a gender. Bengali doesn't. What we read for class in school didn't help either. With rare exceptions, the poems and stories felt heavy and cumbersome, and at least in me, they didn't fuel a curiosity.
Until very recently that is. When a little prowling on the internet revealed an extraordinary source. This channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/wowHindiKavita that features readings of some of the finest pieces of Hindi literature by some of the finest readers in the country. I am so glad to have found it.